Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Vintage physique magazine

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 11, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: vintage, vintage physique

Maybe I'm getting old, but I still prefer magazines like this which leave a little bit to the imagination. At least on their covers. By the way, does anyone know the artist who drew the illustration on the left? Looks Tom of Finland-esque.


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Hi Gloria
That is by an artist named George Quaintance. Very popular in the 1950's. I don't think he ever did full nudity. I am not a Tom of Finland admirer. Not because of the nudity, but the Nazi reference in some of his drawings, swastika's and boots. I don't see anything sexy abour brutality.

Thank you so much for identifying the artist, Charles. I did not know Quaintance but now that I do, I am going to do a little show of his art on my blog, and perhaps will share an image or two here as well. Wondrous!

Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | March 11, 2010 1:36 PM

John Findlay used to do wonderful pencil drawings like that but his work is hardly vintage. I'm certain he's still active today.

You're right, it totally looks like Tom of Finland illustration. He did a lot of work for "physique" publications (which were pretty much unspoken gay publications). They all have that static, iconographic look although the guy on the right doesn't have the *ahem* typical Tom of Finland, um, 'package.'

Taschen published a great retrospective of his work, all the way back to his earliest images.

It's more realistic than the overly exaggerated tom of finland pics, and seems more pleasant that way.

I agree with the concerns about Tom of Finland's fascistic elements (even when they aren't actually even wearing Nazi gear).

Thanks for the heads up about George Quaintance, a name I didn't know. It says in his Wikipedia entry how Quaintance predated and influenced Tom of Finland!

Here's a color version of the same image:

hey hey hey! Let's give ol Tom of Finland his props. He is the only artist ever capable of making a 20X10 inch penis fit into the human mouth and actually draw it in a way that makes you believe it!

I just looked at the drop down box in my web browser:

-fin de siecle definition

- bilerico

-fascinatin' rhythm lyrics (to see if I could plug something fascinating about "fascinatin' fascism" into the Gershwin tune - didn't work)

-der eigene and tom of finland

-der eigene

-ernst rohm and der eigene

-ernst rohm

-village carpenter (nothing to do with any of the above)

-bilerico project

-tom of finland (which left me with images of what life in hell must be like. I find James Garner types very handsome and attractive and I do like the Quaintance illustration but the thought of being stuck on a desert island with Wang Newton and Burp Reynolds clones sends me into a deep depression)

It has been a learning experience, I must say. I still like Magnus Hirshfeld even if Adolf Brandt thought him such a drag.

It's way past my bedtime.