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Friday, October 1, 2021

1960-ish, Part 1 - Physique Photos


Today's double feature takes us back to the early 1960s, with part one posting some physique photos.  These two grinning buddies were in my miscellaneous files labeled "Mike Scott, 1960."  A search showed that I have five photos by a guy by that name about whom I know nothing.  Anyone?

 

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  1. Those grins make you wonder what they were gonna do after the photo shoot. Well, maybe we know.

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    1. The photographer does get the idea across quite well, lol.

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  2. Those silly grins are saying, “Aren’t we being BAD!”

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  3. A great image. Two guys hanging out nude for who knows what....

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    1. Well, I think we know what the idea was supposed to be. As to whether they actually did it . . . ?

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    2. Ha, yes.. I do hope they did..

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  4. According to David Chapman’s research, Grenville Michael Scott was born in Oregon in 1922.  His parents separated shortly after his birth and he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Tacoma, Washington.  He studied at the University of Washington, leaving in 1942 to join the U.S. Army.  He graduated in 1947 and around 1950 moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked in advertising.  Sometime around that point, he took up photography.  In 1962 he was arrested for taking nude photographs of a 19-year-old Ladd Farrar of Stockton. The case was evidently dropped.  He dropped the Greenville from his name and moved to Toluca Lake in Los Angeles following that incident.  During his career as a photographer he photographed models such as Gary Seegar, Jim Paris, John Davidson and Blackie Preston.  He worked on joint photo shoots other photographers like Mel Roberts,  J. Brian, Pat Milo and Bob Mizer, and took photos of Mizer at work.  Mel Roberts evidently used Scott’s home for some of his movies.  He was hit by a car in late 2014 and died a few months later.  Chapman contributed a chapter on Scott to The Lavender Palette: Gay Culture and the Art of Washington State.

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    1. Thank you, Mitch! This is very interesting information. I've gone from knowing nothing about Mike Scott to knowing more than I do about some of the more widely known names in physique photography.

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  5. You are more than welcome. There's a lot of "missing" history out there that needs to be tracked down and published about physique photography. There's a lot to be learned from what happened, with who, when and why.

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