Another quiet day today. I spent some time transferring all my graphics onto CD’s, getting ready for the Great Migration onto the new Hard Drive. Work was quiet. It’s the last week before school starts here and no one feels like messing around with storage stuff. Works for me.
I thought I would put up a few photographs of friends taken at different times during the nineteenth century. It was a much better time for male affection, in America at least.

In an age when one could experience life more simply, love was more freely shared. Less was questioned, more accepted, albeit unspoken. Do you think these two are into “synchronized swimming”?

There’s intensity in these two men’s gaze.

Just Best Buds

The fellow sitting behind his friend looks like he’s having difficulty controlling his smirk. I wonder what he’s thinking?His friend, sitting in front of him looks very much in control of the situation.
Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the
origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are
millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor
look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the
spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things
from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass

Be loved,




  1. Jason Says:

    Great photos 😉

  2. Lemuel Says:

    yes, cool pics! how come the Ministry of Truth has not had them shredded in the tubes?

  3. angel, jr. Says:

    I’ve really gotta read some Walt Whitman.

  4. BarbaraFromCalifornia Says:

    Beautiful photos, and the poem by Whitman highlights them even more so.

  5. Em Says:

    Daniel, where did you get those photos? They are so terrific. It amazes me that they exist because I would think that if it is still so bad now, it must have been impossible back then. And yet there were the spinster aunts and the bachelor farmers…

  6. BlackGold Says:

    Great pics

  7. The Persian Says:

    those last two were so banging each other and you know it.

    AMAZING pics, and you are right, in those days men could be affectionate to each other and never would there be a question. It is much like that EVERYWHERE else in the world (especially Europe) even today. We Americans are an odd bunch.


  8. Ur-spo Says:

    lovely old photos;
    I would love to know the stories behind them.

  9. Xavier Says:

    To know the stories about the men in these pictures. Great post! It’s almost a great read as the post with references to Horse Penises! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!


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