Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Break Time!

VGMH is taking two weeks off.  
Thank you for all your support!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 1958

Just a year after Steve Reeves posed on their April cover, it was Vincent Taffaro's turn to be the Vim magazine cover man in 1958.  In addition to Vim's sexy cover photo of Vincent, today us viewers can also thank Lon of New York for getting Vince to pose in all of his natural masculine beauty.
It's widely reported that Vim was one of the classic fitness magazines not totally happy with the explosion of men's physique publications (such as the very popular Grecian Guild) where emphasis was on the beauty of the male.  Publications like Vim began expressing their concerns in editorials.  An excellent account of this was written in David K. Johnson's Physique Pioneers: The Politics of 1960s Gay Consumer Culture.

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 1956

The April 1956 issue of Vim magazine featured the always wonderful Steve Reeves on the cover, looking very much the classic warrior with a mighty sword.  Just the very next year in 1957, hunky Steve went to Italy to play the lead character in Pietro Francisci's film production of Hercules.  The film turned out to become a major box-office success in 1959.  While Steve had worked in Hollywood prior to this film, it was the main event that established his name (and that body and face) with millions of fans for years to come, including many gay men.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Gable Paul Boudreaux

He may have been an Iron Man from the neck down, but that chiseled good looking face and clean-cut haircut would easily have fit into the business-suited world of any city or town in America during the 1960s.  It's reported that the Louisiana native moved to California in 1962, married, worked for an oil company and took some college classes.  Somewhere along the way he discovered Vince Gironda’s gym (not far from the Burbank movie studios) and became friends with some of the star athletes who also exercised there and who shared his interest in fitness and health.   This was when lifting weights and drinking protein powders produced the fluid natural muscles of men, before steroids.
It was very common for straight physique athletes to pose for California photographers and thankfully we have images of this handsome man to continue to enjoy today.  It's reported that Gable posed for the Athletic Model Guild Studios.  That massive body also helped him to win some major Southern California competitions.  That smile no doubt won over man fans.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Evan Gets a Hand

According to Jason at SpunkWorthy "Evan's hairy ass is a little slice of heaven. I made a point to spread it wide open to play with his fuzzy virgin hole.  During the shoot, there was some fairly obvious sexual tension going on. Evan was a little quiet, but his facial expressions (and the fact that he barely glanced at the porn playing in the background) spoke volumes. I decided to take things up a notch."

More to come!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Howard (II)

Don Hawksley, Juwa LaVonce, and Howard Heidtmann

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hunky Howard

Howard Heidtmann (who may have also posed as Ed Heidtmann) was one smooth, lean and muscular man.  It's reported that he was born in 1942 and came in at 5'10" tall and weighed 165 pounds.  Just one look and it's easy to see why he was a favorite Physique Pictorial model during the early 1960s.  But perhaps it was one special photo set that forever made Howard a part of physique royalty--for it featured dark-haired Juwa LaVonce, legendary Don Hawksley, and Heidtmann posing together in straps.  This photo set by AMG remains a classic today.  More Howard tomorrow.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


It's nice to see that the folks behind Island Studs appreciate men beyond the typical model age group of twentysomethings.  It's also very nice when they share such models with us--such as Paul.  According to them, 35 year-old Paul arrived "natural", having never trimmed his manhood or body hair.  A part-time landscaper living in paradise, Paul was handed a shovel and given the job of planting banana trees without clothing.  Speaking of bananas,please stay tuned for more pics of Paul.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April 1983

Playgirl's hairy gentleman was Daniel Egger.  On the cover was Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon,  photographed by Hank Londoner.  Inside was such must-read stories such as Richard Simmons: America's Health Guru Gives Advice On How To Live Right And Be Happy, and what chick-oriented magazine would be complete without a weight-loss story?  This one was titled How To Make Any Diet Work For You.

Friday, April 13, 2012

April 1951

James "John" Finley Gruber Jr.

Konrad Stevens and James Gruber join Harry Hay’s Society of Fools in April, 1951.  That same April, the group changed its name to the Mattachine Society, which was suggested by James Gruber, referring to historic Medieval French secret societies of masked men.   Because of their anonymity wearing the masks, the men felt empowered to criticize the ruling monarchs.  First Missions and Purposes of the Mattachine Society are also written.  Keeping in mind that this was 1951 and homosexuality was not only illegal, but viewed by the mainstream medical society as deviant, the bold primary goals of the society were to:
  • Unify homosexuals who were isolated from their own kind
  • Educate homosexuals and heterosexuals toward an ethical homosexual culture, paralleling the cultures of the Negro, Mexican and Jewish peoples
  • Lead the more socially conscious homosexual to provide leadership to the whole mass of social deviates
  • Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression
It's reported that James Gruber, the last surviving member of the original Mattachine Society, passed on peacefully at his home in Santa Clara on Monday, February 28, 2011.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 1977 and forward

Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in the mayor's office during the signing of the city’s gay rights bill, April 1977.  Fast forward and in 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, which honors the slain San Francisco supervisor who fought for LGBT rights.   Then in 2011, current California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring a Harvey Milk Day in the state.  "Harvey’s life was cut short far too soon, but his legacy of hope, tolerance, and equality lives on," the proclamation reads.  Mr. Milk was killed along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978, when Supervisor Dan White shot them at city hall.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The 1970s Male Look: Bill Cable

A straight man in his personal life, Bill's popularity with gay men (as Stoner) via Colt Studios and Mandate magazine, was equally matched by his appeal with women via Playgirl.  Indeed, Playgirl (founded in 1973) helped to make Mr. Cable one of the most successful adult-content models of that decade---Bill Cable appeared in Playgirl magazine numerous times during its first decade, testimony to just how desirable he was.  Bill could be found in: July 1973 (The Long Cool Summer: A Fashion Essay that began on page 76); November 1974 (cover model); May 1975 (Beauty and the Beast fantasy); and May 1977 (portfolio),  in addition to retrospective/special publications that reprinted from previous photo shoots.

Sadly, Bill would become part of Hollywood royalty history for a very sad event, when Christian Brando (son of Marlon) faced murder charges.  Bill was about 44 years old at the time and a close friend of Christian.  The People magazine story of events can be found here, including Bill in the story.  In 1990, Christian Brando pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing his sister's boyfriend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More Bill

It's fun to see Bill Cable modeling underwear, but it's even more fun to see what's resting inside of those shorts.  Bill was born in May 1946 in Indiana.  It's widely reported that in the 1970s he joined the Colt Studios stable of masculine beefy models and also caught the attention of advertising people.  He appeared in After Dark magazine as well as posing for photographer Kenn Duncan, who created some of After Dark magazine's best images. There was no doubt that Bill was magic in front of a camera.    Mandate magazine made its debut with its April 1975 issue displaying Bill (as Stoner) on the cover.   The bearded Colt stud became an instant hit with thousands who saw him at newstands for the first time, and also helped to draw attention to the new magazine.  Quality copies that remain of this issue have become somewhat rare and can go for between $85-150. 
In October 1996 bill was involved in a motorcycle accident in Laurel Canyon and remained seriously ill until his death in March 1998. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

More Grant and Cable

If a man has a physique like those of Gordon Grant and Bill Cable, then pretty much anything he decides to wear is sure to look good.  Is it just me, or does Gordon look downright unhappy?  Maybe it's the pants he was showing off.   And then there's the mystery hand in the background...hmmm.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Mr. 418 is Bill Cable. Bill was a favorite of top photographers in the 1970s who appreciated how much the camera loved his facial features and who marveled at how charismatic he was. He posed for Playgirl magazine as one of their most popular men, appeared as a Colt Studios model (under the name Stoner) and he did much, much more (including working as a movie stuntman) in an amazing career (and personal life) that successfully moved between adult and mainstream media. In the classic Hollywood movie Basic Instinct, when rock star Johnny Boz is viciously stabbed to death with an ice pick during sex, that was Bill.

Mr. 417 is Gordon Grant. If this clothing catalog photo appears as if you can see his thick soft cock and balls resting behind that green leaf, you're not alone.  Grant was a Colt Studios model and also appeared in a few movies in the time frame of about 1976-1986. It's reported that he also went by the name Don Bowman. Among films he's credited with are Stay Hungry, The Crotch Watcher, The Day The Marines Came, Hayride, Hot Truckn', and Pleasures in the Sun.

It's a VGMH Easter Teaser!
Two baskets that look filled with the kinds of eggs we'd like to play with!
How well do you know your vintage super-star hunks?  These two gentlemen not only modeled men's fashions for the likes of Ah Men, but they were also famous for many other activities during their careers.  Can you guess the names of Mr. 417 wearing the leaf, or the bearded Mr. 418?  The answers tomorrow.