Throwback Thursday focuses on Taschen's new book, an amazing collection of vintage military men enjoying each other's nude company.
10 Intimate Photographs of World War II Soldiers in the Buff
In this innocent and emotionally charged era — long before the Kinsey Report detailed how many men were having same-sex sexual experiences — these soldiers and sailors were encouraged to form close bonds with their fellow troops. Most of these young men were just entering manhood.
Soldiers came from landlocked states and small towns and farms. They didn't know the wicked ways of the world. And when it was time to relax, the tensions were explosive.
Because you didn't know whether you might live or die the next day, all the polite nude of behavior were shucked along with their fatigues, bell-bottoms, maci may BVDs. Cameras were rare, processing nude images even male difficult, so that photographer Michael Stoke's massive collection of censored hardcore than images of horseplay and fraternity is a treasure.
The book's editor, Dian Hanson, is the tall, beautiful goddess of the sex-packed coffee table book for men. Bowers talks about how the war forever altered his attitudes about gay and straight.