Monday, December 31, 2012

History Is What Everything Becomes


What can be said in New Year rhymes,

That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,

We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,

We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,

We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,

We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,

And that's the burden of a year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Best Wishes For a Happy New Year, 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 1975

Jeramiah Shastid
The year was 1975 and Playgirl magazine had selected Jeramiah as their December centerfold to close out the year.    Back then, this very hairy chested gent was described as being a "male go-go dancer."  Back then, a naked man with body hair was the expectation instead of the exception.  Perhaps swimmers and body builders shaved their chests and dicks, but the majority of everyday guys were still naturally hairy in those areas. 
This holiday issue was jam-packed with useful stuff, like an article titled "Vibrators: Everything you must know" and Hollywood's Newest Sex Star--Roger Daltrey.  But it was the side burned and very furry physique of Jeramiah that most buyers thumbed to look at first.  According to the story that went along with the pictures, a friend of Jeramiah and himself began traveling around the country at the end of 1974. He added "What you have to do is put on a show that touches on sex and includes comedy-a whole theatrical routine." 
Back then, Jeramiah noted that he saw the lid coming off feminine repression.  "Oh yes, this is only touching on it." 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Finlandia Baths

Hugh O’ Brian, John Bromfield, Rock Hudson, Scott Brady and Tony Curtis
Above and below: Here's a set of nifty publicity photos taken for a movie magazine (Modern Screen, October 1950).  The location for the photo shoot was at the Finlandia Baths and Sauna in Hollywood. This setup provided a smart excuse to get five young male actors out of their clothing in order to show off their bodies--hey, it was probably this or having them horse around with a volley ball at the beach or something.  Since the magazine only cost 15 cents, that came out to three cents per stud-quite a deal!  That's Ava Gardner on the cover of the magazine with the tantalizing question in bold yellow letters above her head "SEX OR BABIES: Which does Hollywood want?"

The Finlandia Baths was located in the basement of a building on famed Sunset Boulevard and began operations in 1937.  Almost immediately after opening its doors, the pristine blue and aqua tiled establishment earned notoriety, largely thanks to some of its more famous patrons, from top box office movie stars drying out after legendary drinking binges to tinsel town wannabes trying to score deals and make contacts in show business. In reality, while there may have been a lot of discreet looking around at the movie star skin, this wasn't a major Hollywood hookup place, according to most credible accounts. For the majority of its clientele, the main attraction was the sauna treatments offering healthy relaxation.  

Interestingly, the baths were the location for another photo shoot that year featuring just Rock Hudson. More on that in another post.
Beefcake Deluxe: That's hairy chested Scott Brady playing cards with Tony Curtis while Rock Hudson gets a salt rubdown in the background.
Above photo caption: "Tony’s getting an icy shower, whether he likes it or not. “Good for you,” says Scott, holding him there – Brady’s way of making up for losing the gin game."
                                  "Rock takes a close shave as Tony and John relax."

Above caption: "Chowtime at Finlandia is a special privilege. Sam Amundson, owner of the Finnish baths, provides such a spread only for men who make a party of coming down to his establishment. The hungry mob wastes no times diggin in."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Vintage Hollywood Beef: Brady

Scott Brady
 Above: That's Scott (left) posing with an equally young and handsome Rock Hudson for a publicity shot intended for Movie Life magazine's November 1950 issue.   Speaking of knockout punches, VGMH congrats go out to moviemag46 and harry for correctly knowing who our mystery slab of beefcake was yesterday.
Above: It's not just five nearly-naked men hanging out in a sauna--that's future Hollywood stardom in the making, with Hugh O’Brien, Scott Brady, John Bromfield,Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.  More about some interesting history related to this publicity photo (and the sauna where the picture was taken) tomorrow.  Scott's real life name was Gerard "Jerry" Kenneth Tierney.  Scott's older and younger brothers (Lawrence and Edward Tierney) were also actors at various times in their lives.

Brady discreetly dated the women who caught his eye in show business, with little doubt that his good looks and self confidence served him well.  By at least one account, Brady was something of a skirt-chasing wolf.  In her book, Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer's Years Abroad, author Anne Edwards recounted the following encounter with Scott Brady ""Scott Brady, whom I knew from the television show that I worked for as a story editor, had volunterred to drive me to an indutsry meeting, which he said he planned to atttend as well.  He headed into the Hollywood Hills where he lived instead.  When he parked the car (after a lively argument), legs agape, he grabbed hold of my shoulders and started to pull me to him.  I still had hold of my pocketbook and slammed it smack center, hard on his rising manhood, got out of the car, and walked all the way down the mountain to Sunset Boulevard, a mighty hike, where I could get a bus."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This handsome actor was a real-life jock who lettered in basketball, football, and track.   He enlisted in the United States Navy before graduation from high school and became a naval aviation mechanic overseas during WWII, winning himself a boxing medal along the way. The hairy chested hunk was discharged from the military in 1946 when he decided to try his luck in acting in Hollywood.

Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain on either side of this handsome hunk in 1955s Gentlemen Marry Brunettes .

His roles typically had a rough edge to them and he became a tough-guy bad boy favorite for lots of women and men fans of the movies.  It's reported that in 1957, he had a real-life run-in with the law with some pending narcotics charges, which were later dropped.  Years later there was news that he may have been involved in bookmaking activities.  The straight bachelor discreetly dated within Hollywood but didn't get married until he was 43.
Publicity photo of the actor with his Pontiac Coupe

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Craftsmen: More Guys Showing Off With Cameras!

Sometimes the best gift that a man can give happens to be as handy as, well his very own hand.  Who needs modesty when you're the owner of one of these snake monsters?  Thanks to modern technology, amateur nudity (and also sexually explicit images) are available for enjoyment across the world like never before.

These men appear to be prepared for any job--they have the right tool set to get the job done right!