"One of the things that I have found most fascinating about many of these images, is the ease, familiarity and intimacy, which men used to exhibit in photographs with their friends and compadres ... The term 'homosexuality' was in fact not coined until 1869, and before that time, the strict dichotomy between 'gay' and 'straight' did not yet exist. Attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were."
-- Bloggers Brett and Kate McKay exhume "the lost art of manliness," and reveal examples of "manliness in action" that defy modern day stereotypes about male intimacy. See their exhaustive, photographic history of male-on-male affection from a simpler, gayer day and age.