NSFW! secret vintage male nudes of George Platt Lynes


george platt lynes secret vintage male nudes

A successful fashion photographer in the 1930s and 40s, George Platt Lynes is now better remembered for his secret vintage male nudes.

Originally intent on a literary career, George Platt Lynes opened a bookstore in New Jersey at the age of 20. However, the photographs of friends he took to display in the store attracted favourable comments and launched him into a lifelong career as a photographer. He worked for prestigious publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue.

Parallel to his public career, George Platt Lynes worked just as hard on his private passion — photographing nude men. Truthfully, all male nude photography of the era can be described as secret vintage male nudes. Because photographs of male genitalia were illegal. A single pubic hair could send a photographer to jail.

But most physique photographers did sell nude photographs. Not George, however. His were truly secret vintage male nudes — not for sale though sometimes shared with trusted friends.

George Platt Lynes did, however, when he knew he was dying, gift much of his collection to the Kinsey Institute. He wanted to know that one day, when circumstances improved, people would be able to enjoy his secret vintage male nudes.

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George Platt Lynes Self Portrait 1933

George was photographed full-frontal nude himself by friend Jared French.

NSFW! Click Here: George Platt Lynes full-frontal nude.

George photographed an incredible variety of men: friends, friends of friends, professional models and down-on-their-luck actors…

Russian immigrant Yul Brynner barely spoke English when he arrived in America at the age of twenty. But in under two decades, he became one of the few people to ever win a Tony award and an Oscar. Both for his most memorable role as King Mongkut in The King and I.

But before he became one of the world’s most recognisable film stars, Yul Brynner took what work he could find. That included modelling nude for George Platt Lynes.

NSFW! Click Here: The King and I star Yul Brynner full-frontal nude.

Some of George’s most popular photos are of 20-year-old gymnasts Charles ‘Tex’ Smutney and Charles ‘Buddy’ Stanley III.

Years later, when George donated many of his photos to the Kinsey Institute, Dr Kinsey wondered how the models avoided becoming sexually aroused while shooting. George’s longtime lover, novelist Glenway Wescott, disclosed in his memoirs that they did get erections, but off-camera.

While Buddy went who knows where after modelling for George Platt Lynes, Tex enjoyed a successful career as a choreographer and dance teacher.

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Tex and Buddy

NSFW! Click Here: Tex and Buddy full-frontal nude.

george platt lynes secret vintage male nudes
Jack Fontan, the Naked Sailor

Discovered by a talent scout in a gym, Jack Fontan won a small role in the 1948 Broadway production of South Pacific. He became known to gay theatre-goers as ‘The Naked Sailor’. He performed in cut-off jean shorts with no underwear, giving audience members in the front rows frequent glimpses of his genitalia.

NSFW! Click Here: Jack Fontan full-frontal nude.

NSFW! Click Here: More secret vintage male nudes from George Platt Lynes.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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1 Comment

  1. Tim
    1 May 2023
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    I love to look at all these vintage male nudes, because they were natural no razors ever touched their full bush!

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