Ironically, now that the medium used to take these photos is no longer available, we turn to digital image “manipulation” software to make modern photos appear as these do. We call it “retro” “vintage” “60s” “vignettes” or some other similar terms to convey a growing realization of their historical significance.
I believe these photographs represent a significant part of our art and cultural heritage. As we age, that word “heritage” starts to take on a different meaning, doesn’t it? The things we enjoyed as young men become more akin to items in a museum, to some even relics or artifacts. Such is life, I suppose. What is most important, however, is that we realize that these photographs are not “pornography” and certainly not “obscene.” Regardless of what prior generations of blue-haired old ladies might have thought about them, to think of them as “porno” is almost laughable when compared to the constellation of adult content one can find on the Internet. Many of these photographs continue to depict an almost school-boy innocence by comparison.
Thanks to Jock Feast 2 for making their high quality photographs available for everyone to view in one location. Many other sites offer other excellent photographs of male erotica from earlier times. Some even include relatively thoughtful historical discussion about the topic and even the models. However, they are not necessarily geared towards guys in gear, if you get my meaning; whereas, Jock Feast 2’s photos are squarely focused on the topic at hand.
Christmas being just around the corner, for those of you into books, there is also an excellent book available at Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com called Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes, which looks like it might be worth adding to one’s collection.