Vintage gay

Much thanks to the Twitter handle @oldmasc, which recently shared this as a Fleet. I’m fairly certain these guys are not gay, but the expression on the guy facing the camera makes me laugh and captures a moment in time – probably one of very few lighthearted moments these men were able to enjoy. I assume this was taken during WWII, but I welcome anyone who can shed more light on either this military social or the uniforms that might help date the photo.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at

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2 responses to “Vintage gay

  1. This is a wild shot, but it looks like young officers, or officer candidates, getting schooled in ballroom dance. If they were going to be stationed overseas (especially at embassies and the new “joint staffs”) and have interactions with locals, they’d need social skills which many, who were farm boys months before, didn’t get trained in at home. At least it looks like he’s enjoying the moment – lord only knows what the future brought for him.



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