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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Vic and Roy
This is one of the better quality photos from a memorable photo shoot John Barrington did with Vic Haywood and Roy Scammel. The somewhat unusual shadows might impress B.D.
Nice butts :-)ReplyDelete
Gee, Jerry, how'd you guess? For a split second, I thought Haywood had on some kind of weird top. The tan lines on Scammel's butt are cool. These shots where men are touching, even just a hand on a shoulder, give off an aura of warm male friendship, don't they?ReplyDelete
A little birdie told me. Yes, there is a connection put across by the touching.Delete
Two good looking guys. There are some great photos in this shoot. According to an interview I read there were some more intimate photos taken at the time that weren't published.ReplyDelete
Roy Scammell was a famous stuntman who worked on a number of Bond films and with Steve McQueen in The Great Escape and Papillon amongst many screen credits. He died aged 88 in May this year. The (UK) Guardian newspaper had a very good obituary.
I had no idea about Mr. Scammell's stuntman career. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Peter!Delete
Where would one find these "more intimate"shots?Delete
Unfortunately I don't think they have been or will be published. I read about them in a 2015 article by Rupert Smith about Barrington. Smith said that as his biographer Barrington left him the contents of his study - boxes of diaries, correspondence, prints and negatives. Following legal tussles with Barrington's estate the biography was published in 1996.Delete
Smith says that [the picture above] comes from a set of photos that show Heywood and Scammell posing together and stripping down to pouches and then nothing. There were also several images of them, possibly from the same shoot, having sex.
Presumably Smith retains these photos and negatives.
Perhaps Vic and Ray were lovers.Delete
What was it like to be gay in Britain at that time ?
Like being between heaven and hell like here in the USA.
Intolerance and some tolerance mixed together.
-Rj in the IE.
A delightful image. Two stunning bodies and interesting tan lines for the date. One could buy "continental" style trunks. Very popular with many men.ReplyDelete
Yes, those were definitely not the usual British or American tan lines of that time.Delete
There is a whole series of Vic Haywood and Roy Scammel shot by Barrington, which includes clothed images. From the haircuts (short without cropping) and clothes (tapered trousers) and underwear (Scammel's is a particularly brief bikini, Haywood's the ubiquitous Y-Front from Lyle & Scott Ltd), the shoot can be dated to the early 1960s. All three were London based, which only demonstrates just how far ahead the Swinging London scene was in comparison with the provinces.ReplyDelete
BTW, I did mention in an earlier posting that Jockey Skants (launched 1958 and made briefer in the early '60s) was the first bikini brief to be marketed specifically as a "sport's brief". I have only just come across an advert for Lyle & Scott dating from 1952. To the right of the images is man's hand holding the Olympic torch, to the left, a sketch of an alluringly athletic man in Lyle & Scott vest and Y-Fronts with the slogan "The British Olympic Team again wear the one and only..." The added information is: "The original and incomparable masculine support underwear by Lyle & Scott..." which of course is entirely misleading, because it is guaranteed that none of the male athletes was wearing Y-Fronts when competing. The XV Olympiad of the modern era was held in Helsinki, Finland, the second Olympic Games after the hiatus during WWII.
You are quite correct about the extent of that series featuring these two models. I believe I have the entire set, and it is indeed expansive, presenting a sequential striptease.Delete
Those underwear ads were a hoot at times, but could be sexy. And yes, no real athlete would be competing in Y-fronts, lol.