Gay History: Welcome to the Leather Fraternity (1976)

The Leather Fraternity, the leather culture classified ad and correspondence organization was founded by John Embry (1927-2010) in the early 1970’s during the formative years of Drummer magazine. The materials here begin in about 1973. Fraternity appears to have grown out of Embry’s leather-oriented mail-order publishing concern and bimonthly brochure distributed in Los Angeles gay bars, each under the name Robert Payne. The Fraternity ads were an integral part of the early DRUMMER magazine issues.

Interesting all documents and files are restricted due to the personal and private nature of the files until 2055 @ Stanford University. [From dealer information]


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