Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Coy Gay Canoodling, with Beard: Antique postcard

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 20, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, The Movement
Tags: early 20th century history, vintage adult, vintage postcard

I think of this card (from ca. 1900-20) as "The Beard: An Instructional Tableau." Note Mr. Baldy's missing leg; note doll-like woman's skirt raised towards Mr. Hairy Beary. Infer that Mr. Baldy's tickling his toes on his secret mustachioed beau. Note both men blushing. Note woman looking oblivious. Like the pastor or politician's wife looks when she stands up at a press conference swearing she had no idea her husband was gay. You know what I'm saying.


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Hmm. Don't think so. Note the finger pointing to the woman's exposed foot and stocking. This is a shocking exhibition of a part of a woman that should be covered, hence the blushing. The figures are not close to realistic, so I give no significance to the rather awkward look of the gentleman whose leg is behind the woman. His hand, on the other hand, is clearly working its way to an inappopriately familiar embrace of the woman.

Yeah, that dude looks more mad than hot.