|1960s VINTAGE COLT Male Nude LEDERMEISTER Cowboy 8x10 TR>|
The Carl Morse Collection
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* What is Vintage?
A classic example of why Colt's Ledermeister was
so popular in the late 1960s and early '70s.
This 8-by-10-inch vintage* male nude beefcake photograph by photographer Jim FRENCH of COLT Studio, dates from the late 1960s or early '70s and features his earliest male nude "star" LEDERMEISTER (a.k.a. Paul Garrior) in cowboy hat, scarf, and leather belt and boots.
French described Ledermeister, who was a real-life utility company lineman in San Francisco, as follows:
Ledermeister is the Colt prototype...quiet but extremely powerful. He works outdoors, lives simply...is very rugged and prefers surroundings that reflect that quality...a loner who shuns parties and is happier on his motorcycle. He showers daily, disapproves of deodorants and colognes and sleeps nude. If it's masculinity that turns you on, Ledermeister has it in spades.
Jim French/Colt Studio
In the 1970s and '80s, when the thick envelope arrived, marked with only a Studio City post office box, guys on the Colt Studio mailing list knew they were in for a rare treat: the monthly care package of advertising fliers featuring, hands down, the biggest, rugged-est, hairiest, handsomest men on earth. Jim French (a.k.a. Rip Colt) got his start in Greenwich Village in 1967, when primping and waxing were suddenly the only crimes in male nude photography. First in gritty New York and then in sunny Southern California, where he moved in 1974, he and his naturally handsome men helped define the gay male imagery of the '70s, combining excellent photography with muscular, no-holds-barred sensuality. His studio's publications like Gallery, Olympus, Colt Men and Spurs showcased the best of his work in slick, well-produced larger formats, that kept many young men like yours truly occupied through the first two decades post-Stonewall. French continued producing excellent films, photos and magazines with a carefully selected stable of handsome models, right up until he sold the studio in 2003.
Printed on glossy stock, this 8-by-10-inch vintage photograph is in very good condition. There is a light horizontal raised line in the glossy emulsion, but this is only noticeable when viewed at an angle. Note that the line is in the emulsion, not a crease, and happened, most likely, in the darkroom. Quality and clarity are very good, though intentionally grainy, as are most from this series.
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THE CARL MORSE COLLECTION: BigKugels Photographic recently acquired the complete collection of respected New York male nude photography collector Carl Morse (1935-2008). Morse was one of the best known and most astute private photography dealers in New York City during the 1990s and 2000s, and became one of our mentors, not just for his knowledge of the material, but more importantly his love of its artistic and historic merit, and respect for its value. He was responsible for a 1990s exhibit at the New York Public Library examining the history of male nude photography, and a consultant to the photography department of the New York Metropolitan Museum. A respected poet and playwright, Morse was an important influence on British gay and lesbian writers and performing artists of the 1980s and '90s, through his inclusion in gay literary anthologies, performances of his work in London, and as co-editor of Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time. As Steve Cranfield wrote in an obituary for The Guardian (September 4, 2008) "His plays, like his poetry, were fuelled by rage, leavened by humor and punctuated with a surprise tenderness." Born in working-class Maine, Morse studied English and foreign languages at Yale, and spent his Fulbright scholarship (1956-58) in Europe. He was a frequent correspondent with and editor for EM Forster, and an accomplished translator whose work included a biography of Verlaine, the essays of André Maurois, and even the 1961 French version of Snow White. He lived his final decades in London Terrace, in Chelsea, New York.
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VIEW OUR ITEMS: Each week we list several noteworthy vintage photographs under the mature audiences category in compliance with eBay's guidelines regarding photographs containing male frontal nudity. These items are easily accessible from the complete list of our auctions.
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