Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22

Aggressive endorsement:

Next time you're in London,
visit Sotheran's on Sackville Street (Picadilly).
Established 1761 -- there's no other shop quite like it.
Note: presently under refurbishment; to reopen late July.
Needs to be on your bucket list.

Schloss Leopoldskron
Salzburg, Austria

Beach boys:


You gotta have art:

Bike Yawn (2006)

Openly gay artist Daniel Barkley is a native Montrealer, born in 1962. His work has been shown throughout Canada and the United States in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Both the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in Quebec and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto have curated retrospectives of his work to date.  His figurative watercolors, most often realized in an ashen palette, won the A.J. Casson Medal, awarded by the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor.

The bicycle was invented 200 years ago in Mannheim, Germany,
on June 12, 1817.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20


Locker room lads:

Tennis, anyone? Some vintage pleasure:

Jr. Magazine – a vintage male physique publication from the 1960s – came from the same guys who published Tomorrow’s Man (1952-1971). Most of the models between the covers wore posing straps (in glorious black-and-white) and sported no body hair, although it was common for the models to be shown completely naked from the back. And note the vintage price: 75-cents. The banner above the magazine title brags that “The strength of America lies in its youth.


According to F. Valentine Hooven, author of Beefcake: The Muscle Magazines of America 1950-1970, "those little physique magazines were not just an aspect of gay culture; they virtually were gay culture." For many gay men, wrote Hooven, "it was their first awareness that they were not alone, the first contact with others of their own kind." Because these magazines touted themselves as fitness and healthy lifestyle publications, they could be sold at news stands nationwide – even pharmacies. One of them, Physique Pictorial, was able to sneak in art by Tom of Finland and George Quaintance.

While beefcake magazines such as Physique Pictorial and Tomorrow’s Man routinely sold 40,000 copies each, changes in U.S. laws that allowed frontal nudity (1962) and eventual full-on pornography (1969) led to their demise. These vintage physique magazines are today so highly collectible (and pricey) that they have become increasingly difficult to obtain.