The Bill D. Collection
I recently had the good fortune and honor to have been gifted an amazing collection of 20th Century physique publications by Bob Mizer of AMG and the Kensington Road marque of Bruce Bellas, aka Bruce of LA. Bill D. of California sent me these magazines and catalogs, and it will take me months or years to even begin to do them justice. I cannot thank Bill enough, and as you will see, his generosity includes some of the biggest names in modeling of the era along with some lesser known men whose work will leave us wishing for more.
I'm beginning the sharing of these with something a bit different. I have scanned a single issue of AMG's Physique Pictorial from 1971 (Volume XIX, No. 1) and will present it exactly as it would have been seen, cover to cover . . . and without comment of my own. Viewers are welcome to comment, as always, and I will join in as appropriate.
I scanned these at sufficient resolution that they can be enlarged. I strongly suggest that you do enlarge them and read the text on the pages. I say this because there is everything there from model bios to political/social commentary to customer complaints to requests for material. (The Metropolitan Community Church and Pat Rocco both get mentioned.) You will notice that in a sense the whole thing is an advertisement for Mizer's stills and movies, products he made more money from than the magazine itself. And remember that these were really small booklets, measuring about 5.5 X 8.25 inches, and not the big glossy mags like Playgirl.
Finally, I need to thank Bill D. for not just his kind gift, but for lifting my spirits at a time when I was feeling burned out and tired of blogging. When I opened that box, I knew I wanted to continue this, and now I have a new direction. Bill, you're the best!