Gay Icons and History: March 2010

Phil Black, vintage female impersonator

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Another gem I picked up along my surfing adventures, a trans performer bringing joy and entertainment to a private suburban New York gathering, ca. 1950s....Read More

German Wrestlers, early 20th century

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 30, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Sweet shot of German athletes practicing together in pre-World War II Europe....Read More

Vintage Vocabulary Builder: Mollycoddle

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 29, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Early 20th century humorous postcard explaining the origin of this expression. (Love his corset!)...Read More

Turn of the 20th Century Lesbian Tango

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 28, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Found these unusual, beautiful prints of early 20th century female tango partners at Pat Dances Too on ebay. (Click images to see them full size.)...Read More

Fun with Grass Skirts: WWII photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 26, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Shipmates on leave? Friends fooling around? Actors in a play? It's a lovely mystery to me....Read More

Abnormals Anonymous

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 25, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I guess Step One is to admit that you're a knitter?...Read More

Miss Hercules: vintage strong-woman

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 24, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Just love this, but don't know a thing about her....Read More

Sly Sailors: WWII photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 23, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Amazing how many of these homoerotic WWII images keep turning up. I love the looks on their handsome young faces....Read More

Chuck Nicholls: How to conduct a personal life

Filed by Father Tony | March 22, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

There are many recipes for how to conduct a personal life in south Florida. Discarding the unsavory ones that use only the ingredients of self-medication with liberal measures of laziness, I had been told that Fort Lauderdale's Chuck Nicholls had...Read More

Re-introducing Effie Dropbottom: vintage drag humor

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Found this intriguing comedienne, but not much info available, just this album cover and a grainy photo that's after the jump. Anyone know this 1950s-era performer?...Read More

Gay Boy pulp

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pulpaliciously delicious cover, replete with misplaced apostrophe and terrible art. Just. Can't. Get. Enough. Pulp....Read More

Shock schlock: Vintage bisexual B movie

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 19, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Sexploitation at its tacky best and worst, The Runaway featured a young Gilda Texter, perhaps best known for her work as a Hollywood costume and wardrobe designer....Read More

Shock schlock: Vintage lesbian B movie

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 18, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

A deliciously tacky and noxious 1965 sexploitation feature, listed on IMDB as Chained Girls aka "Caged Girls." Filmed in Greenwich Village!...Read More

From the TG Archive: Media, War and Life History

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editor's note: Cristan Williams, the director of the Transgender Foundation of America, a transgender nonprofit based in Houston, Texas, is sharing some of the recent acquisitions of her organization's historical collection. The TG Archive has acquired rare original newspaper from...Read More

Trust, part two

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Hi, and welcome back. For those just joining us, we are in the midst of a conversation on trust. Specifically, the issue of trust in the larger LGBT community. Earlier we talked about how many people mistake a deep mistrust...Read More

Kiss of Androgyny: vintage poster

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

A much-reproduced 1920's poster for Ramos-Pinto wines, titled "The Kiss." According to this article, the company continues to use this image on some of its wines today....Read More

WWII era photo: Spanky and his gang of one

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 12, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

An interesting image I stumbled across in a collection of WWII sailor memorabilia. I guess it's anchors aweigh at sea and bottoms up on land....Read More

Vintage physique magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 11, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Maybe I'm getting old, but I still prefer magazines like this which leave a little bit to the imagination. At least on their covers. By the way, does anyone know the artist who drew the illustration on the left? Looks...Read More

History: The Furnished Means By Which We Suffer

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ryan Secord is a recent graduate from Michigan State University where he studied political science and journalism. He worked for the Capital News Service as a state and federal government correspondent, the Hillsdale Daily News, and...Read More

1954 African-American Transwomen

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 06, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In honor of Black History Month, I did research on some of the sexy pin-ups that appeared in 1950s magazines for African American audiences. Found several gems, including these fascinating scans. Source: 1954 Black History As Seen Through Magazines Another...Read More

Cool Black Camp: vintage Jet magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 04, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

A bittersweet flashback to torpedo bras and the struggle for equality. Most amazing to me is that, overall, the public face of Black community seemed more tolerant of sexual diversity in the 1950s than it seems today. Maybe the realities...Read More