Anonymous asked: Again, a very unusual post. I went to an all male prep school and bathing suits were not allowed in the pool,but neither were cameras, let alone publishing the pictures in the yearbook. Amazing! Those were days of great innocence, but also of great isolation for gay boys. Congratulations on the great job you are doing in this site.
Again, I don’t know. I’m a bit too young. But according to my father and all my uncles, these things varied from region to region. Some people can’t believe boys ever swam naked, and some people can’t believe boys were ever allowed to wear suits. My family has several photos of my father’s and uncles’ swim teams in the nude, so I know cameras were allowed in some places. I also have a couple of newspaper articles that published photos of naked boys swimming (at the YMCA and at school), so it couldn’t have been much of a scandal back then. The fathers of a couple of friends of mine have said they clearly remember their mothers and sisters coming to watch the (all naked) boys swim team, at both practices and meets, and no attempt was ever made to cover the boys. Apparently, neither the boys nor the school administration (or parents) cared at all. But again, it varied from place to place.
Anonymous asked: This is just one hell of an amazing and enjoyable site. Being a child of the '50s and '60 I find these photo from my time as a gay youth to be a walk down memory lane as it were. I never knew these kinds of photo ever existed back then nor would have I known where to get them. It's so great to see guys from my time period in all their natural glory and not the kind of well buffed and shaved models we see today. Thank you so much and please keep up the excellent work. TCM.
Thanks for your kind words. I’ve gotten some criticisms too, so it’s especially nice when someone takes the time to write that they actually appreciate the site. I’m far too young to remember anything like what I post, but my father has told me that in middle and high school, boy always swam naked, not just at the swimming hole, but in school and at the Y as well. Suits were deemed unnecessary for boys, though girls were required to maintain a strict sense of modesty. He said not many people know about boys swimming naked, though it only ended some time in the 1970s. A lot of photos from that time period seem to bear this out. I’ve also been told that a whole troupe of boys went skinny dipping at a church picnic, and not one person thought it strange or obscene, and he was 17 at the time. He said that at the Y, boys not only were forbidden from wearing anything at all in the pool, they would occasionally work out with weights or in the gym naked. It wasn’t obligatory as it was with swimming, but it wasn’t forbidden either. Girls couldn’t join the Y back then, so the feeling that there was simply no need for modesty at all. I have a few articles from newspapers about this, so maybe I’ll post those as well.
Thanks again - your message made my day!