A Photo Essay of Male-To-Male Affection: 1800s-Mid 1900s.

These beautiful photos of men showing affection to other men do not necessarily denote their sexual orientation. Because of the photographs age, and the lack of information about these unknown people, we do not actually know if they are gay, friends, brothers or relatives. But the lack of knowledge about each photograph does not detract from what are quite obvious, intimate relationships, and a daring – for the period – lack of restraint.

Where possible, references & attributations have been given.

Curtesy Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys
Curtesy Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys
Curtesy Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys
Curtesy Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys
 

Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
Curtesy of Homohistory.com
England 1875: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
New York 1900: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Europe 1906: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
New York 1907; Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
WW 1: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
1912: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
1914: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
California 1923: Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
1925; Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia gailygrind.com

Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
Curtesy Adrian Garcia: gailygrind.com
 

Tim Aldernan (2017)

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