NSFW! vintage nude male model Gene Meyer


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Young bodybuilder Gene Meyer remains one of the most popular 1940s vintage nude male models.

Gene (also Eugene but he preferred Gene) first posed for pioneering physique photographer and silent movie drag star, KoVert of Hollywood.

Bodybuilding photographs of a young Gene show he was already working out at the age of 12. Naturally dark-haired and hirsute, most of his physique shots show him with bleached blonde hair and little body hair other than pubes.

Sadly, Gene sported a rather sombre countenance in the KoVert pics. A shame considering his radiant smile.

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NSFW! Click Here: Gene Meyer full-frontal nude for KoVert of Hollywood.

NSFW! Click Here: More full-frontal nude Gene Meyer.

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Gene (on the right with his naturally dark hair) riding in a car with friends.

After posing for KoVert in 1946, Gene Meyer won Mr Los Angeles the following year. In 1948, he competed for Mr Pacific Coast but did not place. He gave away competitive bodybuilding after that but as you will see, not bodybuilding.

Sadly KoVert became depressed after a jail sentence for selling obscene material and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1949.

Gene Meyer then posed for other studios, including Bob Mizer’s AMG. (Bob had worked as KoVert’s apprentice.)

Photos from the 1950s show Gene continued to work on his body even after he stopped competing as a bodybuilder.

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NSFW! Click Here: Gene full-frontal nude a few years later. Recognise the low hangers? Almost as good as fingerprints!

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Did Gene ever meet David Zurborg? Uncut blonde twink David also posed for KoVert of Hollywood.

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5 Comments

  1. Henry Cross
    16 August 2023
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    Ms. Rogers,

    I do suggest you check some resources to correct your article.
    Gene Meyer actually posed for Alonzo Hannigan (Lon of New York) well before he posed for Kovert. Lon likely found Meyer in New York, and you can read more about him in Reed Massengill’s book “The Male Ideal.” The very young pictures of Meyer were even printed and discussed in Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild’s “Physique Pictorial” Fall ,1954 for which Meyer was on the cover.
    You should also check out David Chapman’s book “Hollywood Nudes” which feature some pictures of Meyer by Kovert. You will see in those pictures a very delicate Meyer (certainly older than his youthful images – none of the young shots are images you have posted above) where IMO Kovert likely applied makeup to Meyer’s face. There are numerous photos of Meyer in that source – some of which (again IMO) might have actually been taken by Bob Mizer (Kovert’s assistant at the time) in which Meyer’s face isn’t as touched up as the ones that are clearly by Kovert. Kovert never signed his photos (and Mizer didn’t with his earlies nudes), so it’s very easy to understand why some images from 75+ years ago are disputed – and since MIzer was shooting in the same studio space – it can get very confusing. Unfortunately Kovert, Mizer, and Meyer are not available to comment on it – so it’s a guess for everyone.
    I do also want to point out that if you do check out “Hollywood Nudes”, even though Chapman indicates that the nude pictures Kovert took of Bob Mizer (when he was an assistant) do not exist – it has since been confirmed that the opening photograph in Hollywood Nudes is indeed a Kovert image of his young assistant – the great physique photographer Bob Mizer! All three photographers (Hanigan, Kovert, & Mizer) led remarkable lives touching people in ways still felt today – far beyond just what they did with photographs. They were not alone either – dozens, if not hundreds of peers also participated in this fledgling industry. They all struggled against the censors of the day – many were destroyed financially by the censorship and raids on their work (Al Urban, Kovert are good examples) Kovert even took his life – most likely due to the stress of being jailed numerous times and having his studio raided by police. It is not different than what certain groups would like to do with this subject in our society today. The beauty of their art is undeniable. So many models like Meyer also benefitted greatly by the fame that their hard work in the gym brought them. Meyer traveled extensively because every photographer in the business wanted him as a model. I also believe Gene was a redhead – and the shot of him in the automobile with Eric Pederson (another early Model shot by artists like Constantine Hassalevris [Spartan of Hollywood] on the left) and an unidentified fellow is a famous shot by Bob Mizer.
    Physique/Beefcake Photography is a wonderful hobby, and the lives of these people are absolutely fascinating. Thanks for promoting it, but it’s always good to check and doublecheck – even my comment here could have info that other sources might not agree with (since opinions do vary.)

    • 16 August 2023
      Reply

      Thank you Henry for the corrections and extra detail. All information is greatly appreciated. I will check out the resources you suggest. Very interesting your observation on the pic of Bob Mizer – I’ve often wondered if the pic reputed to be a nude of Bob was genuine. x

      • Henry Cross
        16 August 2023
        Reply

        I confirmed it with someone who worked with Mizer for several years. On his work, the Bob Mizer Foundation is a great resource. Mizer hated to be photographed himself, and would often comment on his weight or other issues he battled over the years in Physique Pictorial. The fact that Kovert was able to get Mizer to not only pose, but to do it nude, is a testament to Kovert’s persuasive abilities. Mizer was really a very handsome man, but as with most of us, his self image wasn’t. I believe that Mizer learned a great deal of his own persuasive powers from his time under Kovert. If you check out the book “Bob’s World”, you’ll see evidence of this in Jim Pierson’s description of his modeling session at AMG over three decades later.
        I firmly believe Kovert was also very misunderstood. He appeared in several silent films thought the 1920s, including one of Rudolf Valentino’s early films, and the 1925 version of the Wizard of Oz. He was a well known dancer and costume designer and often performed in elaborate costumes, and in drag. It wasn’t uncommon to see mention of his performances in papers nationwide, including the deep south. It seems he didn’t take up photography professionally until he was nearly 40, likely because his body just couldn’t take the massive costumes he wore. Search Fred Kovert peacock dance to see the outfit he wore in the lost silent film Queen of Sheba to see the scale of his costumes. I suspect that he planned to retire doing photography, but by 1945, US postal inspectors were opening mail looking for things they considered objectional. Kovert and Mizer both were arrested over the next few years for sending “obscene material” through the mail. Fines, jail time, constant harassment and threats from local police and postal inspectors couldn’t have been easy. This man who probably considered himself a star (though only appearing in bit parts) was now failing to support himself and his aging mother. Sadly, he overdosed on sleeping pills in 1949. It seems the consensus believe it was suicide. It could have been poor judgement due to all the stress he was under rather than an intentional act, but the outcome was the same.
        The great thing is that in 2023, people are still talking about his work. Meyer was certainly one of the big names that Kovert photographed, but not the only one. Andy Kozak, Leonard Chambers, Tom Matthews, and Don Silvas were some of the other models who garnered great popularity, and passed through Kovert’s studio.

        • 16 August 2023
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          Hi Henry,
          Yes, I’ve written about Kovert and watched that scene – what a talented man. I was recently reading about Lyle Frisby whose incarceration probably hastened his death from leukemia at just 29. Andy Kozak is a particular favourite because I’ve often written about John Harvey Kellog and his abhorrence of sex, especially wanking. John Harvey must have rolled in his grave when his brother commissioned former spank bank model Andy Kozak to design Corny, the cornflakes mascot still decorating packs today.

  2. Henry Cross
    16 August 2023
    Reply

    Dang it, I spelled Lon’s name wrong…see I goof too. Alonzo Hanagan.
    So please check me too! I’m trying. Sorry

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