RESEARCH NOTES ON PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION AT THE KINSEY INSTITUTE, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

 
 
 

RESEARCH NOTES ON MALE HOMOSEXUAL CATALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION AT THE KINSEY INSTITUTE, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA.

 
Image No. 543-280. Frontier Club, San Diego, California.
** Mr. America - Plus ** Frontier #11. Catalogues and ads, December 1967.

Image No. 543-281. Frontier Club, San Diego, California.
** Mr. America - Plus ** Frontier #5. Catalogues and ads, December 1967.

Proof sheet photographs cut up and taped down onto card and then rephotographed. #11 features a solo young man, naked except boots and hat, posing with whip. #5 features natural boys in shorts, shirts, wrestling, one punching the other's stomach, holding each other just wearing underwear. Really cute, natural bodies and photographs. Some posing by photographer. Lighting obviously just by table lamps or lights, very amateur, but all the more intriguing and interesting for that.

Image No. 2667-9. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired 1951.

Image No. 2669 is a duplicate of No. 2667. 8" x 10" sheet of proofs 6 side by 6 high, each proof oblong in shape. Originally folded in four and now flattened out. 2 men, possibly 3 (hard to tell from small proofs), in the country by a river/pond, diving, fishing, posing, lifting weights, rocks, rowing boats together, archery, playing tennis, wrestling, running. Sun baking side by side, one back down , the other stomach down on a rock by the river, great bodies - some of the most beautiful physique photographs, if not THE best in the whole collection. Need to have negatives made and printed! 2 men have great bodies, smooth, built, and great poses and rapport with each other. Strong sunlight. They have painted on posing pouches, so originally they must have been nude photographs. American. Social setting and context is interesting - theirs or a friends country property? (tennis courts, lake, etc., ...) enabled the privacy needed to photograph them like this, so from a moneyed social class.

Image No. 2864-5. Anonymous. n.d. 1950s? Chicago Police Dept., Acquired 05/1961.

Image No. 2864. 12 models on a 3" wide x 4" high page.
Image No. 2865. 4 models on a 2" wide x 4" high page.
Rare physique photographs of nude men with erections. Some are shot using double flash or lights in a house (skirting board visible). A couple on an unmade bed and others in a studio setting with nothing behind. Most models are smiling! Same photographer in both proof sheets as curtain behind bed features in both sheets. Also numbered sequentially 1-12 for first sheet, 13-16 for second sheet.