20 Pictures From The 1850s-1950s Of Male Couples That You Won’t Find In History Books

Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s is a book recently released by authors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, that contains photos of male couples taken between the mid-19th century and mid-20th century. All over the planet, the two writers spent 25 years gathering information for the book, including visiting flea markets, family archives, auctions, and even shoeboxes full of old photographs. Hugh and Neal gathered over 2,700 photos during that period, a lot of which ended up being included in their book.

The writers said in a recent interview with Bored Panda that they didn’t think anyone would find their project interesting at all. They soon, however, realized that wasn’t the case.“On one occasion, while purchasing a photo in person from a seller, we happened to have two of our albums containing about 400 photos,” said the authors. “After the transaction was complete, we asked the seller if he would like to see how we had been mounting our photos into albums. He replied, yes. He went through both albums without a Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s is a book recently released by authors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, that contains photos of male couples taken between the mid-19th century and mid-20th century. All over the planet, the two writers spent 25 years gathering information for the book, including visiting flea markets, family archives, auctions, and even shoeboxes full of old photographs. Hugh and Neal gathered over 2,700 photos during that period, a lot of which ended up being included in their book.

The writers said in a recent interview with Bored Panda that they didn’t think anyone would find their project interesting at all. They soon, however, realized that wasn’t the case.“On one occasion, while purchasing a photo in person from a seller, we happened to have two of our albums containing about 400 photos,” said the authors. “After the transaction was complete, we asked the seller if he would like to see how we had been mounting our photos into albums. He replied, yes. He went through both albums without a word. When he got to the last page of the second album, he closed it quietly and then said, ‘You have to publish these.’”

With boyfriends on bicycles, boyfriends on boats, boyfriends on cars, boyfriends on a paper moon, boyfriends in trees, and beach boyfriends being just a couple, Hugh and Neal divided the pictures into quite a few categories.
They also added that it was not easy to decide if the people in the pictures were romantically involved, but they were able to come up with what they call the 50/50 rule, where they think there is a 50 percent probability that the men in the photo might be in a relationship.

“There are few 50/50 images in our collection and none in our book. What determines whether or not we’ll acquire a photo can sometimes be an embrace that leaves no doubt that the relationship exceeds friendship or fondness. When possible, though, there is one sure way to determine if a photo is ‘loving,’” explained the authors.

The authors also add that the main message of their book is embedded in its title. “There is not ‘gay’ love, or ‘straight’ love. There is only ‘love.’ And because this romantic love is experienced by all humans the same way, everyone connects with LOVING,” said Hugh and Neal. “Our collection says this: ‘Love does not have a sexual orientation. It is universally the same for all.’”

See the beautiful vintage photos of male couples in love in the gallery below!

More info: Instagram | Loving1000.org

#1 Photo Strip: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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#2 1945, Photo Taken In Austria

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“‘In 1945, these two soldiers had hiked up into the Austrian Alps and a friend took their picture as they embraced in the snow. One soldier kept these snapshots hidden in a shoebox until the early 1990s when he handed them to a relative, along with the ring that he was wearing in the Alps photo, with the request: “Please keep these safe for me.” According to the relative, the soldier, nearing the end of his life, wanted to preserve the one thing that meant more to him than anything else. He passed away two years later.’”

#3 Photograph: Undated

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#6 Postcard: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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“Here are two well-dressed young men sharing an umbrella. One is placing a wedding ring on the other’s finger.”

#7 Photobooth: Undated, Provenance: Us

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#8 Note On Back: “1951” “Davis & Jc”

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#13 Circa 1900, Note On Back: “In The Mirror.”

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“This couple placed a camera on a dresser in front of a mirror and photographed their reflection. This image could be the first ‘selfie’ of a romantic male couple.”

#14 A Photographic History Of Men In Love 1850s–1950s

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#15 Photograph: Undated

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#16 Tintype: Undated, Provenance: Us

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#17 Undated, Provenance: Us. Note On Back: “Rubenstein And Whiskers, Ahk”

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#18 Postcard: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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#19 Photograph: Undated

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#20 Cabinet Card: Circa 1880. Provenance: Us. Note On Back: “Mcinturff, Steve Book, Delaware O.”

word. When he got to the last page of the second album, he closed it quietly and then said, ‘You have to publish these.’”

With boyfriends on bicycles, boyfriends on boats, boyfriends on cars, boyfriends on a paper moon, boyfriends in trees, and beach boyfriends being just a couple, Hugh and Neal divided the pictures into quite a few categories.
They also added that it was not easy to decide if the people in the pictures were romantically involved, but they were able to come up with what they call the 50/50 rule, where they think there is a 50 percent probability that the men in the photo might be in a relationship.

“There are few 50/50 images in our collection and none in our book. What determines whether or not we’ll acquire a photo can sometimes be an embrace that leaves no doubt that the relationship exceeds friendship or fondness. When possible, though, there is one sure way to determine if a photo is ‘loving,’” explained the authors.

The authors also add that the main message of their book is embedded in its title. “There is not ‘gay’ love, or ‘straight’ love. There is only ‘love.’ And because this romantic love is experienced by all humans the same way, everyone connects with LOVING,” said Hugh and Neal. “Our collection says this: ‘Love does not have a sexual orientation. It is universally the same for all.’”

See the beautiful vintage photos of male couples in love in the gallery below!

More info: Instagram | Loving1000.org

#1 Photo Strip: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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#2 1945, Photo Taken In Austria

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“‘In 1945, these two soldiers had hiked up into the Austrian Alps and a friend took their picture as they embraced in the snow. One soldier kept these snapshots hidden in a shoebox until the early 1990s when he handed them to a relative, along with the ring that he was wearing in the Alps photo, with the request: “Please keep these safe for me.” According to the relative, the soldier, nearing the end of his life, wanted to preserve the one thing that meant more to him than anything else. He passed away two years later.’”

#3 Photograph: Undated

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#5 Photograph: Undated

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#6 Postcard: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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“Here are two well-dressed young men sharing an umbrella. One is placing a wedding ring on the other’s finger.”

#7 Photobooth: Undated, Provenance: Us

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#8 Note On Back: “1951” “Davis & Jc”

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#9 Photograph: Undated

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#13 Circa 1900, Note On Back: “In The Mirror.”

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“This couple placed a camera on a dresser in front of a mirror and photographed their reflection. This image could be the first ‘selfie’ of a romantic male couple.”

#14 A Photographic History Of Men In Love 1850s–1950s

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#15 Photograph: Undated

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#16 Tintype: Undated, Provenance: Us

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#17 Undated, Provenance: Us. Note On Back: “Rubenstein And Whiskers, Ahk”

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#18 Postcard: Circa 1900, Provenance: Us

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#19 Photograph: Undated

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#20 Cabinet Card: Circa 1880. Provenance: Us. Note On Back: “Mcinturff, Steve Book, Delaware O.”

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