Category Archives: Historic photographs

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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Swimming at the US Naval Academy, 1942

Above and below reblogged from shotmen.tumblr.com Life – Swimming at the US Naval Academy – Myron Davis – July, 1942 – 5e70964cd34ac649 Life – Swimming at the US Naval Academy – Myron Davis – July, 1942 – a15f6b6f6dea258c    

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Ronald Reagan advertising the Union Pacific Domeliner City of Los Angeles

Before he was governor, before he was president, actor Ronald Reagan appeared in these Union Pacific Railroad ads in the National Geographic in the mid-1950s. The Domeliner City of Los Angeles is the same train that was featured in the I Love … Continue reading

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Two men dancing in the late 1800s

Reblogged here from the marvelous tumblr, Lover of Beauty , there captioned as “Experimental Sound Film (dir. William Dickson — 1894)” and cited as “originally posted by truefoes.” Consider this unrelated but relevant quote from Intersecting Tango : Cultural Geographies of Buenos … Continue reading

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