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PHOTOS: Our Victorian Grandfathers of Gay Porn (NSFW)

Whoever said the Victorians were dull has clearly never seen these photos.

We recently stumbled across the website Victorian Gentleman in Love, which features images of gay men caught in loving and, at times, compromising positions. This led us to investigate more vintage gay porn and — low and behold — we learned there are tons of websites devoted to it.

Who knew?

Once we got over the fact that the subjects in these photographs have likely been dead for more than a century, we came to appreciate the pictures for what they were. These men were the original pioneers of homoerotic porn. They give a whole new meaning to the term “the Gay ’90s.”

Scroll down to see some of our favorite images. (Sadly, we had to censor many of them. Who’da thunk a group of Victorian men would violate our site’s guidelines?)

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By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Nov 9, 2013
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  • 20 Comments
    • ncman
      ncman

      Another day at Queerty, another misleading headline.

      It’s not NSFW if you cover up all the “naughty bits”.

      Nov 9, 2013 at 7:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      When are they going to invent that damned time machine?

      Nov 9, 2013 at 7:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      Good grief. Why so prudish?

      Nov 9, 2013 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      I’m not exactly young, and neither of my grandfathers was older than 10 during the Victorian era. So this is more the domain of GREAT grandfathers.

      Nov 9, 2013 at 8:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      Just right click on the pic and “search Google for this image” (and the peen).

      Nov 9, 2013 at 8:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      If you like these pics, try this blog: http://antique-erotic.tumblr.com/page/5

      Nov 9, 2013 at 8:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • asirensong
      asirensong

      This isn’t porn number one. There’s no kind of sexual activity. Many of the photos are of clothed men. This is misleading as usual.

      Nov 9, 2013 at 9:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mada
      mada

      I found just a handful of sexual ones on the tumblr they linked at the beginning of the article. In fact, the second one. http://victoriangentlemeninlove.tumblr.com/

      Nov 9, 2013 at 10:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill
      Bill

      1. Most of these men are likely straight.

      2. Victorian men were more comfortable with showing physical affection to and for other men. It was only when “science” started calling homosexuality deviant and a disease that male affection became taboo.

      3. http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/29/bosom-buddies-a-photo-history-of-male-affection/

      4. http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/08/24/the-history-and-nature-of-man-friendships/

      Nov 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bjk
      Bjk

      I checked out the “source” and didn’t find the orginals of the “edited” pictures at all. Does anyone have a link to the two nudes in “thinker” poses?

      Nov 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      Porn???

      Nov 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonty Coppersmith
      Jonty Coppersmith

      I clicked the link to view the other pictures posted. Interesting indeed, but there were some of the “couple” photos where the “couple” looked an awful lot like brothers. Then there were several that clearly were gay porn.

      Nov 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas
      viveutvivas

      Why did you sadly have to censor them? Is this website for 12 year olds?

      Nov 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      A lot of these shots have nothing to do with male homosexuality. A male nude is not in itself homosexual.

      Nov 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • esrose
      esrose

      Queerty seems to be more like an old auntie than anything else these days. The idea that any of these photos would violate your guidelines cries for a review of the guidelines and what they are all about. You have taken plain images of nude men and a few couples who are showing one another affection and TURNED them into a kind of tee-hee naughty picture kind of thing which is neither porn or even interesting unless we take away the little smarmy queerty fig leaves. I didn’t come to see anything, to use an old worn out word, “risqué”, but out of interest for period gay reflections. What I got was early 21st century prudery. Where are you guys coming from?

      Nov 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdgarCarpenter
      EdgarCarpenter

      @Bill – the current term MSM, men who have sex with men, is much closer to the Victorian (and prior) understanding of what we now call gay, bi and straight. For most men, it was just that some men had sex with other men, some men didn’t. Walt Whitman is a good example of someone who happily had lots of sex with men but who rejected the homosexual / heterosexual medical definition when it was invented in the late 1800s.

      The non-sexual pictures on the web of men together often show men who were romantically and/or sexually involved, but we can’t know for sure which couples were MSM couples – on the other hand, as the owner of one such website points out, lots of pictures of romantically involved men or women have been destroyed by relatives, friends and strangers along the way in an effort to wipe out the memory of those relationships. So if we take the pictures as all being MSM or WSW (even the ones who are obviously brothers or sisters could be MSM couples – I’ve known a few) – well, that’s likely to be the case for many of them, and is more accurate than assuming that none of them were MSM or WSW couples.

      Nov 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BitterOldQueen
      BitterOldQueen

      Aside from the more-than-Victorian prudishness of Queerty’s site guidelines, what I quibble with here is the whole notion that all of these represent pioneering efforts in proto-gay-porn. With the exception of the sailors and the seated/reclining snuggly nude couple, many of these could be simple portraits of affectionate men (as EdgarCarpenter notes) or simple Classical Figure Studies. Now, homosexual gentlemen may well have pleasured themselves to the figure studies, but that was likely not the intent (any more than it was the intent of Sears that the ten-year-old me got all hot and bothered over their underwear models).

      Nov 11, 2013 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krystalkleer
      krystalkleer

      @Bill: and you know this beeecaaause…?
      http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/11/awww-precious.html

      Nov 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      “science” started calling homosexuality deviant and a disease that male affection became taboo.

      Garbage! It was criticized in Aristophanes’ plays, which was written a couple of thousand years before the ‘Victorians’ and was indeed widely read in that era. Nice sentiment though.

      Dec 10, 2013 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lelandjr
      lelandjr

      My God, I can’t believe what I’m seeing! Censoring the penis in the year 2014? (Not to mention it’s in a queer website) This reminds me of the oppression and guilt trips of the 50′s I grew up in. How dare you cowardly queens decide what I can and can’t see.

      Jul 19, 2014 at 2:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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