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This week I’m featuring three men who for nearly twenty years lived in a polymorous relationship in the first half of the 20th century. Monroe and Glenway first met in 1919 at the Poetry, Club of the University of Chicago when Monroe was twenty and Glenway was eighteen. In 1927 the two would meet George and form a unique bond. Back in 1998 a picture book of this thruple’s travels through Europe between 1925 – 1935 called When We Were Three “The Expatriate Years” was published. It is amazing to think the eyebrows these three must have raised wherever they went.

Monroe Wheeler (1899 – 1988) was an American publisher and museum coordinator. He would spend the rest of his life with Glenway Wescott and die one year after Wescott’s passing, requesting that his ashes be buried with his lifelong partner.

Glenway Wescott (1901 – 1987) was an American poet, novelist and essayist. He mixed with many American expatriates in Europe and was the model for the character Robert Prentiss in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

George Platt Lynes (1907 – 1955) was an American photographer who worked in the 1930s and 1940s, producing many photographs that featured gay artists and writers. These were acquired by the Kinsey Institute after his death in 1955.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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This week’s photo of Bernard Perlin and Edward Newell dates back to 1970. The two were a couple for 54 years until Perlin died in 2014.

For those unfamiliar with Perlin, he was an extraordinary figure in twentieth century American art and gay cultural history, an acclaimed artist and sexual renegade who reveled in pushing social, political, and artistic boundaries. As a government propaganda artist and war artist-correspondent, he produced many iconic images of World War II. He was notorious for his canvasing scenes of underground gay bars and nude studies of street hustlers, among other aspects of gay life that really amazes me if you think about the political climate of the time.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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No clue when or where this photo may have been taken but I’m guessing the 1950s. However, I thought I should conclude 2020 with a vintage gay photo of men celebrating and what better way to celebrate than dancing?

Be well and thank you for checking out this weekly post.

I want to wish you a happy and healthy 2021.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Last December Jeffrey Gent shared this and several other “vintage” photos from past Christmas holidays (including a photo of one man who forgot to put on his pajama bottoms before heading down on Christmas morning). For those who are unfamiliar with Jeffrey, he has a blog called Homo History, but he has not posted since July and is now fairly active on Tik Tok.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Much thanks to BosGuy reader Jeff Stookey, author of the novel trilogy Medicine For The Blues who was thoughtful enough to share this photo from his partner’s private collection. I am left wondering what is the story behind this handsome couple? The portrait suggests a level of intimacy with their shoulders touching and both leaning their heads in towards each other.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Although all official celebrations in Provincetown were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, this coming weekend would be Holly Folly a LGBTQ+ holiday-themed festival. Since I have Ptown on the brain, I thought I’d share this vintage photo of guys posing on the beach in Provincetown. You can barely makeout the Pilgrim monument in the far right of the photo.

I believe this photo is part of the George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier Collection now owned and cared for by The History Project which would likely date this to the 1940s or 1950s.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Here is yet another amazing photo shared with me by Peter Miller. According to Peter, the back of the photo has written in pencil “ALBERT LAWBERT”. He thinks that the photo dates back to 1880s-1890s. The photo definitely depicts a moment of light-heartedness.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Last month, I posted a photo from “LOVING — A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s.” by Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell after a friend made me aware of it through this Washington Post article from this past September. The photo above is another image from the coffee book which can be purchased on Amazon for $65. If you’re thinking of buying this book, first contact your local, independent bookstore to see if they can order a copy for you.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Any thoughts on when this photo may have been taken? It can be tough to get clues when all you can go by is hair styles since these guys are shirtless. If you like this photo chck out a larger collection of more than forty photos of gay couples published by Gayety in May 2019.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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This week’s photo dates back to 1984 and depicts Ian and Pavlik in London. The photo taken by Sunil Gupta is part of his series Lovers: Ten Years On at the Tate Gallery collection. You can learn more about Gupta’s series as well as Ian and Pavlik, here.

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 tose share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

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This is one of many photos compiled by The Irreverent Psychologist blog and posted approximately seven years ago, here. The post shares brief stories about the many photographs and according to the blog post, this is a photo of Roger and Frank and was taken in Central Park between 1951 – 1956.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Much thanks to my friend Jim Lundy for sharing this Washington Post article from this past September which shares never before images of men in love. More than 2,800 images have been lovingly collected and recently published as: “LOVING — A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s.” by Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.  The hardcover book can be purchased for $65 on Amazon and would make for an amazing holiday gift, but if you want to buy it, contact your local, independent bookstore first to see if you can have them order a copy for you.

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 tose share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Much thanks to Peter Miller for once again sharing an amazing photo for this weekly post. The caption at the top of the photo “My wife and I cutting up” was photographed by S. B. DILLEY of Lake City, Minnesota.  Miller shared that on the back of this cabinet photo the following is written:  SUBMITTED AT YOUR REGULAR RATES BY EDNA KING, 2269 FOLWELL STREET, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA.

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 tose share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

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