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Gay History - March 27: Happy Birthday Bob Mizer Publisher and Photographer of the Athletic Model Guild (AMG)

Gay History – March 27: Happy Birthday Bob Mizer! Publisher and Photographer of the Athletic Model Guild aka. AMG

Once upon a time long ago before there was the internet gay porn or what was considered obscene was extremely illegal and expensive.  8mm and 16mm celluloid loops called “blue movies” were available  but the majority of them were marketed to to a straight male audience.  But then “physique” magazines began to spring up after World War II to every gay man’s (and closeted ones) delight.

Bob Mizer (1922-1992) was the mild-mannered publisher and photographer for Physique Pictorial, one of many such magazines that published “beefcake” photographs under the guise of bodybuilding and health. His photography studio, the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), specialized in men (gay and straight) doing bodybuilding poses or wrestling in pairs. With assistance from his mother, Delia (who created the posing straps), and his brother, Joe, he photographed thousands of men, building a collection that includes nearly one million different images and thousands of films and videotapes.

Thanks to the Guild, Mizer was not only a subversive force in the art world, but also one of the first to push for an openly gay community

But that thin guise — almost as thin as the posing pouch that his models wore — wasn’t enough to keep him from being convicted in 1947 of unlawful distribution of obscene materials and serving a nine month sentence at a work camp in Saugus, California.

Physique Pictorial, Summer 1958.

That setback barely put a dent into Mizer’s career. In addition the Physique Pictorial, Mizer added Young Adonis in 1963 and Grecian Guild Studio Quarterly in 1966. When obscenity laws were relaxed in 1968 allowing full male frontal nudity, Mizer quickly adapted with the times. Through it all, AMG was very much a family affair, with Mizer’s mother (her skills as a seamstress was put to use in creating a line of skimpy briefs and posing pouches) and brother (an accountant) playing important roles in the business. Mizer would photograph thousands of men and take nearly a million different images, influencing artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and David Hockney along the way. He also produced over 3000 film titles from the 1950s to the 1980’s, which mostly consisted of film (and later, videotape) of his photo sessions.

Bob Mizer died in 1992, and AMG went dormant for a while. But under new ownership, Mizer’s archives are being cataloged and digitally remastered. Mizer never thought of himself as an artists, but his work has garnered a significant re-appraisal. The Los Angeles Times wrote in 2004 that “Mizer’s pictures are historically important because they capture a time, place and attitude so vividly that it still seems to be with us. His photographs are inspiring because they were not made to fill a market niche that already existed. Instead, they created the niche and then filled it with aplomb.”

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Sunday’s Society of Extraordinary Gentlemen Pictorial [NSWF]

NOTE: Back2Stonewall has decided that since we are a website predominately (but not exclusively) for gay men and since human sexuality has always being a huge part of the gay struggle we believe it is time to share more images of male beauty, gay sex, and vintage models and movies in marked NSWF posts. – We hope you enjoy.

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Gymn, c.1970.
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NEW FEATURE: Sunday's Society of Extraordinary Gentlemen Pictorial [NSWF]

NEW FEATURE: Sunday’s Society of Extraordinary Gentlemen Pictorial [NSWF]

EDITORS NOTE: Back2Stonewall has decided that since we are a website predominately (but not exclusively) for gay men and since human sexuality has always being a huge part of the gay struggle we believe it is time to share more images of male beauty, gay sex, and vintage models and movies in marked NSWF posts.

Please view these new posts at your own discretion and if you do we hope you enjoy and support this latest change

Will Kohler – Back2Stonewall.com

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Gay Lit & Porn History 101 – Song of the Loon (1970)

Song of the Loon is a classic gay love story made in 1968 and released in 1970 that was based on Richard Amory’s best-seller “Song of the Loon: A Gay Pastoral in Five Books”.  

Set in the American wilderness of 1870 the Song of the Loon movie adaption was among the first gay-porn features ever distributed.

From BijouWorld.com:

Troubled by sexual conflicts and pursued by a vengeful preacher and a former lover, young Ephraim MacIver seeks and finds peace of mind with the help of a handsome cowboy Cyrus, and a wise Indian medicine man.

Cyrus and Ephraim learn from the Indians how to live in the wilderness, and how to love each other and their “brothers” openly and freely.

Amory’s novels of a young man finding the path to sexual fulfillment via a series of encounters with trappers and Indians in the turn-of-the-century West had been the bread and butter of young men coming out in the early sixties. By the time the film reached the screen, the author’s florid prose had taken on an air of preciousness and pretention. But the film version which did not include Avery himself, for all its quaintness, captured national press attention and was at least mildly applauded for its lack of sensationalism.

Today Song of the Loon may come across as more than just a little tame, with its lofty aspirations to mystical wisdom and some absolute ‘truth’ about human sexuality but like all classics, it bears both the pride of being groundbreaking and innovative along with the burden of its own aged perspective and represents a cultural awakening for a generation of gay men.

Song of the Loon is considered “one of the most important gay books of the 20th century.

Song of the Loon is available transferred onto DVD from BijouWorld.com

What Gay Men Looked At Before X-Tube: The 1964 Physique Movie “Cabin In The Woods” – Video

Filmed and produced by Chuck Renslow and Dom Orejudos better known as the artist Etienne and Starred Mike Bradburn and Rod Rector.

Cabin In the Woods was SCANDALOUS for its day.

 

Hard to believe that in just 7 years Falcon Videos would burst on the scene in 1971 founded by one the unsung gay activists and philanthropist of that era Chuck Holmes, and how the gay pornography would change in such a short period of time.