Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Men in the Trees

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Here is another vintage image that I can resist posting. The picture is well thought out--the photographer took some time in planning the light and composition. I like how them men are both hidden and exposed by the trees. I also like that I can identify this picture.

Numerous bloggers have posted this image on sites aggregating pictures of men together. None have, apparently, taken the time to see if the image can be identified. It can.

The image, entitled Two Young Men Positing Outdoors--De Land, Florida--resides in the State Archives of Florida. The young man on the right is identified as potentially being Robert Stewart Bly.

Of course I have no idea who Robert Bly is, nor why Florida has decided to archive nearly 100 images of the Bly family. An internet search doesn't turn up much history except the photos and their family house, which is now the site of wedding parties.

Perhaps a Florida history buff will stop by this page some day and share a little bit about the story these two men are telling us from behind the trees.

For more images of vintage men and their relationships (some gay, some straight) visit: Two Men and Their DogAdam and Steve in the Garden of Eden: On Intimacy Between MenA Man and His DogThe Beasts of West PointVintage Men: Innocence Lost | The Photography of William GedneyIt's Only a Paper Moon;Vintage Gay America: Crawford BartonThese Men Are Not Gay | This Is Not A Farmer | DisfarmerDesire and Difference: Hidden in Plain SightCome Make Eyes With Me Under the Anheuser BushHugh Mangum: Itinerant PhotographerTwo men, Two PosesPhotos are Not Always What They Seem,Vintage Sailors: An Awkward RealizationThree Men on a HorseWelkom Bar: Vintage Same Sex MarriagePretty in Pink: Two Vintage Chinese MenMemorial Day Surprise: Vintage Sailor LoveMemorial Day: Vintage Dancing SailorsThe Curious Case of Two Men EmbracingThey'll Never Know How Close We WereVintage Love: Roger Miller Pegram,Manly Affections: Robert GantHomo Bride and Groom Restored to DignityThe Men in the TreesThe Girl in the OuthouseTommy and Buzz: All My Love,Men in Photo Booths, and Invisible: Philadelphia Gay Wedding c. 1957. You can also follow me on Tumblr.

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