Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dennis Lavia and Unknown Model Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

The Athletic Model Guild took this photograph of Dennis Lavia posing with an unknown model.

Lance Willet Photographed by Champion Studio

Champion Studio took these photographs of Lance Willet.

Already on this blog is a different version of the image of Willet seated.

Scotty Cunningham Photographed by Bruce of Los Angeles

Bruce of Los Angeles took this photograph of Scotty Cunningham.

When you jump to this post on the blog, you can see a large, black-and-white version of this image.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Joe Leitel, Don Fuller and John Manning Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

The Athletic Model Guild created this catalog of its photographs featuring Joe Leitel posing solo and paired with both Don Fuller and John Manning (who appears in the top, left image).

I always love to see Leitel and Fuller posing together. As you can read when you jump to this post on the blog, the duo were good friends, and their camaraderie is evident in their photographs together.

At the bottom of this catalog are wonderful images of Leitel posing cheekily alongside billboards, one advertising a 1958 Chevrolet with the slogan New Hustle! New Muscle! New Style! The Texaco sign implores you to fill your gas tank at the gas station's Tower of Power!

Phil Knight Photographed by Bruce of Los Angeles

Bruce of Los Angeles took this photograph of Phil Knight.

Jack Brazil Photographed by Pat Milo

Pat Milo took this photograph of Jack Brazil.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Forrester Millard Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

I must thank a generous fan of the blog for this photograph of Forrester Millard taken by the Athletic Model Guild.

As noted elsewhere on the blog, Millard was Bob Mizer's first physique model, which means this image was likely taken in or just prior to 1945.

Armand Tanny Photographed by Russ Warner

Russ Warner took this photograph of Armand Tanny.

Vic Seipke Photographed by Douglas of Detroit

I was thrilled to add to my collection this exquisite photograph of Vic Seipke taken by Douglas of Detroit.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dan Hardy and Rocky McCorkle Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

Here's a catalog of photographs taken by the Athletic Model Guild of Dan Hardy and Rocky McCorkle, the latter of whom can be seen paired with John Winship elsewhere on this blog.

Charles Kassapian Photographed by Arax Studio

In 1955, Arax Studio took this photograph of Charles Kassapian.

Kip Behar Photographed by Pat Milo

I was pleased to obtain these photographs of Kip Behar taken by Pat Milo.

Already on this blog are slightly different versions of all these images but the one of Behar seated.







Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Darryl Powers Photographed by Champion Studio

Champion Studio took this photograph of Darryl Powers.

Jim Dardanis and Dick Keifer Photographed by the Western Photography Guild

The Western Photography Guild took these photographs of Jim Dardanis posing solo and with Dick Keifer.

I collect, buy and sell vintage beefcake magazines, but seldom post scans from the magazine pages, because the quality of the images is frequently subpar.

However, the magazines often do contain treasure troves of information on the models' personal lives. As I read the piece on Dardanis, I am distressed Don Whitman, like most of the beefcake photographers in deeply conservative, even virulently homophobic postwar America (1945–1964), found it necessary to invoke the classical world in an effort to legitimize photography of male beauty as a valid expression of an artist.