Category Archives: Historic photographs


I met pre-med Samuel in an experimental psychology class. He thought he needed my help studying, and probably he did.  As much as help, he seemed to need a buddy, something he was accustomed to from his years as a … Continue reading

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The girls blow the boys? I beg your pardon?

How language changes. “On Sunday afternoon the girls blow the boys to a picnic.” From Life magazine, 1949. It means the girls paid for everything. The article was about how an Ohio State boy made five dollars last him for a … Continue reading

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Perusing one of my railroad books, ‘Down South’ on the Rock Island, by Steve Allen Goen (La Mirada, CA: Four Ways West Publications, 2002), I came across the photo and caption reproduced below. (Ignore the Brook Hollow ad.) The photo was … Continue reading

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Andreas Feininger “Coney Island,” 1949, Time Machines and Dining Cars

Time and place, the two dimensions in which we travel. Except for the very large fact that as gay people, Todd and I would very much have needed to hide the nature of our relationship in the late ‘forties, early … Continue reading

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Overheard at Carlsbad Caverns: My Father is Such a Cowboy

Todd and I eat like dogs, tucking into our food. In the visitor center we were eating all the more like two dogs with bowls side-by-side on the floor, because we both sat on the same side of the table … Continue reading

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Union Pacific Station, Cheyenne, Wyoming: “Lady, if all your things were on that train, you should’ve been on it, too.”

You don’t have to do much reading between the lines to see what was going on. In the late ’40s my Aunt Lacy and “a gal” she met were having highballs in the club car with some soldiers on the … Continue reading

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2015 update to “Men’s Swimwear for 2014?”

Recently a viewer added an enlightening comment to my post of a year ago (4/18/14), which I called “Men’s Swimwear for 2014?” “One of the pictures you have is of the Natatorium at my high school in Minnesota. It’s the … Continue reading

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