Friday, August 23, 2013

Come Makes Eyes With Me Under the Anheuser Busch

I'm totally loving this photograph of two men on a park bench. While their identities are lost to history, the sign on the ground points us back to 1904. It seems the Anheuser Busch company commissioned a song, Under the Anheuser Bush, to advertise their beer.

One can't help but wonder what these two young men were doing embracing under the bush. Friends, most likely, who enjoyed a few beers and posed for a picture in a time when men had significantly more latitude in expressing intimacy within their friendships.

Come, come, come and make eyes with me
Under the Anheuser bush
Come, come dring some Budweis with me
Under the Anheuser bush.

Here the old German band
Just let me hold your hand - ja-a!
Do, do come and have a stein or two
Under the Anheuser bush.

For more images of vintage men and their relationships (some gay, some straight) visit: Vintage 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 SeemVintage 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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