As a belated Christmas gift to yourself, get a membership to Vintage Bareback, where you can spend the new year looking at old porn.
As a belated Christmas gift to yourself, get a membership to Vintage Bareback, where you can spend the new year looking at old porn.
The website XXFactor.com just posted a review of my DVD Vintage Muscle Jocks. If these quote give any indication, it sounds like they really liked it.
“Vintage Muscle Jocks provides plenty of hardcore sex, while adding a softcore layer, and a “no-core” layer, that remind us of where we’ve been, where we came from. You really oughta see it.”
“…films like Vintage Muscle Jocks are a clarion call to my cock.”
Onan The Vulgarian, XX Factor
The DVD is a 92 minute compilation of movies dating from the late 1950’s to the late 1970’s, with each scene centering around a sports and athletics theme. This rare footage was transferred from 8mm film with color correction, digital enhancement and soundtrack added.
The reviewer also send me a personal note with more trivia about the movie:
“This was a lot of fun. The soloist muscle hunk is porn star Roger (aka Tom Garrett and Richard Moore). He was a straight guy who used the name Roger for his gay stuff. He, Casey Donovan and Jack Wrangler were probably the ruling triumvirate of 1970s porn. He will be the subject of my “Vintage Porn Star” column sometime this month.”
I’ve changed all my porn sites around so many times, it’s hard to keep track of different versions over the years, including Vintage Bareback. I just discovered a couple photos that used to be part of the “About This Site” page of an earlier version of this site. I hand-selected them to be a good representation of the site, but although they are nice, it’s impossible to summarize this entire porn site with just a few pictures.
Enjoy the eye candy, but don’t ask me which galleries they came from! You’ll just have to join the site and start digging around the archive, but it’s that most of the fun of joining a porn site?
This is a very rare film from the late 1950’s by Apollo Studios. In it, a popular physique model of the time, Steve Wengryn, is wandering the dusty mountain roads of Woodland Hills in the still very rustic San Fernando Valley. It’s so hot and sunny, that Steve decides to take off his shirt, and after a few minutes, removes his pants and shoes, too. So imagine a man walking around an LA suburb in just his jockey shorts. If you were sitting in the shade, drinking iced tea and reading a book and this nearly naked man came to your door, what would you do?
Well, if you’re this guy (who happens to be sitting in super tight cut-off jeans shredded all the way up to the waist) you naturally let him in. Not only that, you size him up and decide to take some “artistic” physique photos. In what must have been a shock beyond compare, the model actually strips down NAKED on camera! We only see his bare butt, but there is no mistaking he’s naked. That must have caused quite a stir at the time.
After few shots indoors, they move outside to shoot. After he’s gotten the shots he needs, the photographer develops the film in the dark room while the model waits under tree, sipping iced tea. When he emerges from the dark room with 8×10 prints, he shows them to the model for his approval. The End.
How about that for jack-off material?! If you watch closely though, you’ll notice that neither of the models are ever seen in the same shot together! Not sure what that means, but it could be that the film maker was afraid the models wouldn’t cooperate in any “fag stuff”, or else their schedules just didn’t jive. Who knows?
Well, we’re going to have to file this one under “Comedy”.
This ancient black and white film comes during the period when two men couldn’t be seen making contact with each other in a passionate way while naked. To get around that, producers usually had them wrestle because violence, of course, is perfectly acceptable.
So as an alternative to wrestling in this movie, they used calisthenics in order to show some movement and activity. The “movement” in this case was mostly done to see their cocks and balls bouncing up and down while doing Jumping Jacks. They otherwise go through a very standard set of calisthenics that we all did back in grade school, and interestingly enough, many of those classic exercises were proven to actually be harmful.
After a grueling set of leg lifts, sit-ups, and twist-from-the-waist exercises, they spray each other with the hose. It’s then that they commit the worst crime of gay porn – they start to DANCE! First, it’s a rocking 60’s beach party step, then it slows down to a waltz. There is a cardinal rule against dancing in gay porn because no matter how hard you try, it looks foolish.
The two guys in the beginning of the movie are tall and very thin with very defined abdominal muscles, but they are joined at the very end by another skinny boy with blond wavy hair that demonstrates two classic exercise gadgets that have long ago been deemed ridiculous and archaic.
One gadget was the metal springs with handles for working the chest. My dad had one and all it did was pull out your chest hair! The other is the vibrating belt machine which claimed you could “jiggle” the fat off! My Grandmother had one of those, and along with every other Grandmother that bought one, it sat in the corner untouched. Whether these gadgets worked or not, the blond boy certainly looked good using them!
My latest DVD of vintage movies with an athletic theme, Vintage Muscle Jocks, is now available on Pay Per View. You can watch the whole movie, or just parts of it and only pay for what you see. Click the link to find out more, but if you are already a VIP member of Vintage Bareback, you ALREADY have access to every scene! That’s the advantage of being a VIP!
Lavender Lounge Studios is pleased to announce the release of “Vintage Muscle Jocks”, a compilation of rare and obscure male erotica spanning the late 1950s through the late 1970s. Following the themes and fetishes involving athleticism, “Vintage Muscle Jocks” features locker rooms, skin tight spandex athletic wear, jock straps, prehistoric exercise machines, gym settings, bodybuilding, naked calisthenics, and physique modeling.
Great care was taken in compiling this package of long forgotten pornographic history, not only for the thematic selection, but also in digital transfer technology and color correction. Porn collectors will marvel at the picture quality of this DVD when shown on modern computers and big screen televisions compared to how they were shown on old movie projectors and VHS tapes.
Be prepared to be aroused and amused by “Vintage Muscle Jocks”, with some scenes never before available on VHS or DVD! The DVD of “Vintage Muscle Jocks” is available for wholesale and retail distribution by PornTeam.com.
Every once in a while I like to give you some video content absolutely FREE. It’s kind of a way to thank the visitors to Vintage Bareback for all the spam email and harassing I have to do to get you to sign up for the site! Thank you and you’re welcome.
Today’s update is another fun collage of scenes thrown together just to tease you. Some footage goes all the way back to the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. There are twinks in a bathtub, daddies fucking in a bar, an artsy scene of guys posing as sculptures, a voyeur, and even a scene in color!
It’s a five minute clip ( I usually only give away 1 minute clips here on the blog) and it has a variety of little snippets of scenes, some you will see in the entirety in the VIP Room, and some not. Shut up, it’s FREE.
I was asked to do an interview about vintage gay porn by JC Adams of GayPornTimes.com for a German magazine called “Maenner”. Here is a rough draft of the interview:
1.) Where do you find these clips and magazines?
I’ve been a fan of garage sales and thrift stores all my life. Back in the 80s or 90s I bought some old Physique Pictorial magazines from the 50s or 60s just because I like collecting things from that era.
When I started my first website in 1995, I needed something to put on it, so I started scanning pictures from my vintage porn magazines because I thought they were cool and kitschy.
About 7 or 8 years ago I saw a box of 8mm gay porn films at a thrift store and bought the whole thing. I went back to the same store the next week and saw another unmarked box behind the counter, and even though it had a lid on, I somehow “knew” there were more 8mm porn movies in it! Sure enough, I was right and I now had two boxes of movies and decided I needed to start a website of vintage porn.
I met an older gay guy that runs a combination comic book/porn store that taught me a lot about vintage porn. I spent an entire day at his store sorting through piles of old boxes stuffed behind other crap in his storage room and came home with another 150 8mm films.
My friends are now on the lookout for old porn magazines and movies for me. One friend tipped me off about a Craig’s List ad that a guy was driving up from LA with a carload of 8mm porn. He left them overnight for me to sort through, and I ended up buying 200 movies that day.
Another friend rescued a stack of old porn magazines from a dumpster when his 80 year old neighbor died.
I also went through a phase of buying up everything I could find on eBay. My largest purchase was a batch of 75 extremely rare magazines from a porn store in the Midwest that went out of business.
At this point, I think I am done with eBay. I only collect obscure movies and magazines that are out of print and not copyrighted. I already own every movie I see on eBay these days and the magazines have all gotten way too expensive. Just like any antique product, the price goes up the older and more rare the item becomes.
Not counting copyrighted movies by companies like Falcon or Colt, I have over 500 8mm movies that have fallen through the cracks and haven’t been seen by an entire generation.
2.) What is your interest in putting them back into circulation?
I look at myself as a curator of the genre.
Porn has always been, and to a certain extent, still is considered “disposable”. At one time, Hollywood thought their product was disposable in the early days, too. Many of the old Disney animation cels seen in museums today were found in dumpsters. It took a long time before mainstream Hollywood took film preservation seriously.
Other art forms aren’t considered disposable if the style is no longer fashionable or technically primitive. We don’t dispose of paintings or sculptures by famous artists when they get old or the artist dies. In fact, they get more valuable.
In the old days, a lot of the adult industry was financed and controlled by organized crime as an extension of prostitution, and producing porn was just another way to make quick money. Many producers made their money and walked away. But over a period of up to 60 years, even those that took pride in their work, many have died of AIDS or natural causes.
The shame of working in the sex industry as well as the illegal aspect of it prevented works of adult media from being properly documented and preserved. Coupled with the fact that many gay porn producers died suddenly and without heirs, much of this rich history has been lost. Gay historical societies are only now taking steps to document the community’s political and social history, but hardcore artifacts are generally dismissed as inappropriate for inclusion in those collections.
I have been the Art Director for Alpha Blue Archives (AlphaBlueArchives.com), a company that re-releases vintage straight porn, for about 9 years. I enjoy cleaning up old pictures with Photoshop, and after making more than 300 DVD box covers for Alpha Blue, I’ve gotten very good at it. When I saw how much money he was making, so along with my curatorial interests, I decided to do the same with gay porn and try to make a few bucks.
3.) What kind of work is required to get them viewable again?
There are only a handful of vendors left that have the equipment to professionally transfer film to video, and most won’t work with adult subjects. The vendor I use is a gay-owned film archive called Oddball Films (OddballFilms.com). They treat the film gently and use products to clean the dust and dirt from the film before making the transfer. To them, it’s a labor of love. Once it’s on digital tape I can process the video for the website or DVDs and make necessary color corrections just like any other video.
The problem with adult film preservation is that it was never intended to be “archival”. They cut corners on the original duplication process which, over time, often causes the film to lose color saturation. The inherent “shame” associated with owning porn along with the disposability of it prevented most of the original customers from properly storing the material away from moisture and dust, hence a lot of movies are in bad shape.
State of the art film preservation in Hollywood movies involves digital correction of each individual film frame. Though that process may be used on movies like “My Fair Lady”, it’s not cost effective in porn. I do the best I can with resources available.
With magazines, I bought a copier that has a 11″x17″ document feeder on the scanner. I just remove the staples and I can scan a stack of pages at a time. From there, I crop and color correct the pictures for my website and put them into a slideshow program so you can watch them with no hands (if you know what I mean…)
4.) What is the appeal of vintage erotica, in your view?
There are many reasons for the appeal besides archival. A hot guy is a hot guy and a photo of him can still be enjoyed no matter when the image was created, in the same way records by the Beatles still be enjoyed 40 years later. Fashion, hairdos and interior design all have kitsch value, too. (I could do a whole scholarly study on 70’s bedsheets and wall paper designs used in porn!) But beyond kitsch factor, some fans link the fashions of the day to their own youth and reminisce about their own sexual past through familiar images, just like someone would recall fond memories by looking at pictures of their old hometown.
Though many modern consumers dismiss any porn made prior to the invention of High Definition cameras, one must acknowledge the popularity of an iPhone application like Hipstamatic (Hipstamatic.com) – a program that purposely filters a high resolution image to essentially “degrade” it to resemble 40 year old technology. The same can be said for the resurgence of vinyl records over CDs and digital files among the hipster music scene.
The concept of vintage gay porn being “pre-condom” may have a small factor in it’s appeal, but with the vast amount of new bareback video being produced, the selling point of it’s scarcity is minimal.
5.) How do you answer those who say it’s not appealing to view clips where the guys may be old/deceased? (I hear this one a lot.)
From my experience, I’ve only heard that in regards to more recently deceased porn performers. Ironically, that’s never mentioned about dead people in other parts of show business. The deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston actually garnered sympathy, respect and increased popularity. The supposed “creepiness” associated with aging or dead porn star stems from the puritanical shame associated with sexual performance on camera.
6.) Have you ever heard from some of those guys in those clips or layouts?
I did an email interview with COLT man Bruno (CLICK HERE), in 2005 and shortly thereafter Mickey Squires saw the interview and contacted me as well (
CLICK HERE). Though I didn’t realize it until a friend pointed it out to me after it was released, Mickey Squires appeared in my DVD “Vintage Bareback: Hairy Muscle Daddy Collection” (CLICK HERE).
Mark Kliem has worked in the gay adult industry since 1994. He won a Cybersocket Award for Best Blog in 2005, he judged the GayVN Awards for 9 years and was Naked Sword’s first webmaster, and founded GayPornBlog.com. He currently shoots fetish video for his website, LavenderLounge.com and curates VintageBareback.com. He has released 4 DVDs of vintage gay porn and 6 DVDs of originally produced material, all available at PornTeam.com. (CLICK HERE)
Here is a piece of video that I came across that, for lack of a better term, is a montage of vintage gay porn scenes from a variety of original sources. Yes, it’s kind of a mess, but porn is seldom completely linear anyway. Viewers just want sexy images strung together, so that’s what you get. Enjoy it, get a membership and search around to find the longer versions of the clips you see here.
I’ve been posting a lot of grainy 1970’s gay porn movies on this site, and though they are wonderfully smutty and filthy, it’s nice to see some older classic physique photos from the 1950s and 1960s. The VIP Room at Vintage Bareback has it all! From mustached 70’s clones fucking without rubbers to muscle men in posing straps flexing on beaches. For just $10 for the first month you can see it all – hardcore gay porn movies and scans of entire magazines.
Isn’t he just the dreamiest??
I feel like Sandra Dee swooning over this 1950’s dreamboat.The pompadour hair, the square cut, wrap around boxer style swim suit, golden tan, and that amazing body. In his day, he would have been considered gigantic, but compared to the 300+ pound gorillas that compete as bodybuilders, he would be considered scrawny. Whatever, he’s just the right size more me!
Join now to see more of my collection of vintage gay porn in the VIP Room.
Yep, this is exactly what a porn studio looks like. Including a young and buffed Jack LaLaine oiled up and ready to go.
Here a couple more shots from The Young Physique Annual Magazine 1962. These series of magazines, The Young Physique, Physique Pictorial, Muscle Boy, Mr. Groovy, etc. are becoming very collectable all of a sudden. Porn as we know it, is really only about 40 years old and had always been thought of as disposable. Besides being a bit embarrassing when the family comes to visit, people get tired of their porn and recycle it. The hobby of collecting porn is a relatively new concept and unlike collecting other more mass produced items (like records or glassware) I predict that vintage gay porn will only increase in value because it was a limited market to begin with.
When I first started buying vintage gay porn magazines from eBay, they were selling for only a dollar or two. In just the last year or two, I’ve seen prices really skyrocket. There are vintage porn magazines now selling for hundreds of dollars. It’s not unusual see see starting bids at $25.
For a mere $10 trial membership, you can view my entire collection of very valuable and collectable gay porn from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. And I keep adding to my collection all the time!
During the 1950s, a professor and tattoo artist named Samuel Steward chronicled his sex life in drawings, letters, photographs, sexual paraphernalia and other items, and in so doing created documentary evidence of his experience of gay life and homosexuality in American culture at that time. “Obscene Diary,” an exhibition now on view at the Museum of Sex that includes many of Steward’s personal artifacts, drawings and photographs, is a trove of information about how a community of gay men lived in the 50s and 60s. Show runs till January 17th, 2012.