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Buying gay : how physique entrepreneurs sparked a movement

Author: David K Johnson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Columbia studies in the history of U.S. capitalism.
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In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands - the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of "physique entrepreneurs"  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, David K.
Buying gay.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018037924
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Johnson
ISBN: 9780231189101 0231189109
OCLC Number: 1035441993
Notes: The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Awards: Winner of Professional Prize, National Postal Museum Awards for Scholarship in Postal History 2020
Winner of John Boswell Prize, The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History (CLGBTH) 2021
Short-listed for Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, Publishing Triangle 2020
Short-listed for Hagley Prize, Hagley Museum and Business History Conference 2020
Long-listed for PROSE Award in U.S. History, Association of American Publishers 2020
Description: xvi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Emerging from the muscle magazines: Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild --
Selling gay books: Donald Webster Cory's "business with a conscience" --
The Grecian Guild: imagining a gay past, and future --
"I want a pen pal!:" Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield and the Adonis Male Club --
Defending a naked boy: Lynn Womack at the Supreme Court --
Consolidating the market: DSI of Minneapolis --
The physique legacy.
Series Title: Columbia studies in the history of U.S. capitalism.
Other Titles: How physique entrepreneurs sparked a movement
Responsibility: David K. Johnson.


David K. Johnson tells the story of the physique magazine produced by and for gay men to show how gay commerce was not a byproduct of the gay-rights movement but an important catalyst for it. He  Read more...


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Named one of the 20 best LGBTQ reads of 2019. * Attitude * Named one of 'The best queer(ish) non-fiction tomes we read in 2019' * Advocate * Named a top ten book by the 2020 Over the Rainbow Read more...

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