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I am unsure if I’ve previously posted this photo of George Dyer with his lover Francis Bacon on the Oriental Express in 1965. The first met in 1963 and stormy relationship full of drama that would end tragically. In 1971, just two days before the opening of the Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris, Dyer was found dead from a drink and drugs overdose in the bathroom of the Hotel des Saint-Pères in Paris.

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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Angel is a longtime reader of this blog who lives in Spain. He shared this photo with me a few months ago and I’m getting around to posting it now. Anyone have any idea when this may have been taken or what sort of military uniform they are wearing?

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This week’s photo of dancers, Rudolf Nureyev & Erik Bruhn, comes from The Vintage Life blog. According to Wikipedia, Bruhn met Rudolf Nureyev, the celebrated Russian dancer, after Nureyev defected to the West in 1961. Nureyev was a great admirer of Bruhn, and eventually became the great love of Nureyev’s life. The two were together for 25 years, until Bruhn’s death.

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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Anyone able to guess when this week’s photo may have been taken? I’m guessing perhaps the 1950s but I really have no idea.

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 longtime reader Angel who shared this photo with me. I thought it would make for an ideal vintage gay post. Unsure when this may have been taken but guessing the 80s.

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 photo of Edvard Munch painting naked on the beach at Warnemunde, Germany dates back to the early 1900′s. While the Norwegien’s sexual orientation is ambiguous, he did certainly seem to enjoy painting the male nude.

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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Thank you to BosGuy blog reader, Frank, for sharing this photo. I can’t help but imagine that this was taken in Central Park in the 1920s or maybe 30s but it’s a total guess. Can you tell me anything about this couple sneaking a smooch in the park?

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 photo was shared earlier this year in the Facebook Group Workingmen Beefcake. I love the smooch but can’t quite make out the names written at the bottom of the photo. Any thoughts on when or where this photograph may have been taken? The car in the background may provide a hint.

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 a photo of the troubled Irish artist Francis Bacon (left) with his lover John Edwards (right) in SoHo. They met in London in 1974 and remained together until Bacon’s death in 1992.

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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It is not clear when this photo of two friends (maybe more) was taken, but I’ll guess the early 1950s based on what appears to be a higher waist bathing suit being worn by the guy on the right. I love how happy they both look but especially the guy on the left who also happens to have a beautiful smile.

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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The photo is from 1980 San Francisco Pride. The first case of AIDS in the US would be reported one year later in June 1981, and life for these men and millions of others would never be the same again. Most of the U.S. would refuse to help, leaving tens of thousands to die afraid and alone. An unsympathetic America would see AIDS as “God’s will” and a way to “cleanse society”.

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 a great photograph from the Castro in the 1980s I believe. The image is one of many from DJ Mag which posted a great article this past January entitled, It Takes A Village, People: Preserving San Francisco’s Gay Disco History.

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 love the intimacy of this photograph. Based on the hairstyle, I’m assuming this was taken in the late 1960s or 1970s. When do you think this was 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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Much thanks to the Twitter account @oldmasc for initially sharing this fantastic photo. I’m assuming this dates back to the 1970s. Can anyone offer insight on when this was 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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Much thanks to Jerry who is a member of the Facebook Group, Vintage Workingmen Beefcake for sharing this photo. While I don’t know that these two are gay, their body language is certainly intimate enough. Perhaps what dates this photo more than anything else is the use of a chalkboard to list swimming heats.

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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