Vintage gay

Much thanks to my friend Jim L for sharing this photo with the hand written note “Let not your hearts be troubled”. I can’t imagine what that might be referring to and think the heart-shape cut out for the photo seems quite sweet. Does anyone have any guesses on when or where this photograph may have been taken?

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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5 responses to “Vintage gay

  1. Pingback: Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled | The Closet Professor

  2. Check out, our site with first person stories from the lives of LGBTQ people around the world.

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  3. I just noticed that they’re wearing some sort of beanie. Wasn’t that “a thing” for college freshman back in the day? Perhaps they’re supporting one another through the hazing nonsense.


  4. Those collars were pretty much out of fashion by the end of the 1920s, so I’d guess February sometime early 20th century.



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