Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Keith Fisk by Mark-One

For Maciste -- all I have on Canadian college athlete Keith Fisk, as seen by Mark-One (Alan B. Stone). I hope there's something new for you here, my friend!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

In Living Color - Luis Santiago by Lon of NY

In Living Color - Steve Wengryn by Bruce of LA

Steve Wengryn was probably the most photographed model of the 50s/early 60s. From Al Urban on the east coast to AMG and Bruce on the west, plus every decent-sized studio in between, Wengryn made the rounds and made money for any enterprising studio that landed him before their camera. Even John Barrington of England draped his fishnet over that perfect body. Here's just a little taste of the wonder of Wengryn...

Les Petroff by AMG

AMG's Les Petroff -- scans of two consecutive catalog prints, along with a scan of the catalog sheet that identifies the photo code numbers.

Allan Paivio by Tony Lanza

-- Thanks for the identification, Mr. Chapman!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

John Corvello, Mr. California of 1965

A good-looking young bodybuilder who continued to model into the 70s...

Competition stats (courtesy of Muscle Memory)


Teen Mr America - AAU, West, 1st


Mr Northern California - AAU, Junior, 1st


Mr America - AAU, 20th
Mr California - AAU, Tall, 1st
Mr California - AAU, Overall Winner
Mr Northern California - AAU, Winner


Junior Mr America - AAU, Most Muscular, 4th
Junior Mr America - AAU, 3rd
Mr USA - AAU, Most Muscular, 4th
Mr USA - AAU, 5th

He made two musclemag covers two years apart in 1965 and 1967 (though they look like they were taken at the same time), and ten years later bared all for Norman Eales in Playgirl Magazine (February, 1975) and for Roy Dean in his "A World of Nudes" (also published 1975). According to Classic Bodybuilders, he has done some TV and movie acting as well.

Young wrestlers by AMG - Part 2

Young wrestlers by AMG - Part 1

Here are six snaps of a wrestling scene photographed by the Athletic Model Guild. I don't have ID's for either of them. Bob Mizer and his AMG popularized the use of wrestling in physique photos as a ruse to get two (or more) men to touch each other in a way that could not be called into question by the intrusive Postal authorities. Then as now, it's considered totally appropriate for two men to beat each other to a pulp than to kiss each other.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

On vacation...

In case someone has checked here for new pics the past week, I am on vacation on the opposite coast at the moment (wedding and family reunion) and won't get back to my own computer until Tuesday night. Postings will continue on Wednesday!

Thanks, and keep checking back!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

In living color... Part the last (for today)

...And here's an ultra-rare color shot of Donnie Kay by the Troy Saxon Studio (actually the work of Stuart Rosenberg), from the pages of The Young Physique, Mar/Apr 1964.

In living color...Part 2

Another shot from Bruce, this time in the great outdoors (and yet another unknown model)...

In living color...

The vast majority of physique photos were shot in black & white, but now and then a roll of color film would be taken. Each time I see a 40s or 50s color shot, it just takes my breath away!

Here is a brilliant studio shot in color from Bruce of LA, apparently scanned from a magazine -- sorry, I can't name the model.