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Friday, August 20, 2010

Hidden History

Not all these guys were necessarily gay. Some might have been brothers, or just good friends - in the pre-Stonewall world where nobody was out, the very idea of same-sex attraction was unspeakable: homos didn't exist in daylight but only in the dark corners of the imagination. Thus, straight boys could get away with more mugging for the camera than would be possible today, perhaps.

And then too, in some cultures it was just the custom for male friends to display affection more openly than in America; think of French men doing the double-kiss-on-the-cheek routine - or at least the way they used to in the movies, who knows what they do now.

Still, having said all that - these charming pics make you wonder. And some of them, at least, were undoubtedly gay. Even if they didn't know the word for it. Enjoy.

Honk to Porncake.


Ultra Dave said...

Very true Russ. Many other cultures that are less tolerant of homosexuals seem to be more expressive in the male friend area. I've always found that interesting.

Rusty Truck said...
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Stan said...

very interesting. yeah I've often wondered about that too.

Russ Manley said...

I suppose when there are no visible gays, the assumption is "we can't possibly be queer, so you know we're just joking" . . . or something like that.

Mareczku said...

This is very interesting. Cool pictures.

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