Boys in Leather. Issue Number One.
[Leather / Photography]. [Thomas, Lou (Photographer and Model)].

Boys in Leather. Issue Number One.

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Los Angeles: Elgin Products, (1964). 8-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches. Unpaginated, but 48pp. Stapled white wrappers printed in red and black. Light soil to wrappers; small rectangle of loss to corner of front wrapper; minor toning. Very Good.

Scarce copy of seemingly the only issue published of this photography magazine, which is almost entirely composed of full-page photographic reproductions of male models in various leather attire. The magazine was the work of photographer Lou Thomas, who is also one of the six models in the magazine, albeit under the pseudonym "Nick D'Arti".

Thomas was at the forefront of the increasing visibility of gay leather culture in the 1960s and '70s, and would later co-found Colt Studio (1967) and his Target Studio (1974). As Jack Fritscher writes in Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer, Vol. 1, "Masculine-identified artists Lou Thomas, Chuck Renslow, Etienne, A. Jay, Fred Halsted, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jack Fritscher led the real-time leather players of homomasculinity emerging as a legitimate category from the revolving closet door set spinning by the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 ... Boys in Leather #1 ... credited its photographs to Thomas' 'Leather Photography, PO Box 352, New York' and was published by Elgin Products, Los Angeles, with the Elgin probably referencing the Elgin Marbles" ( Fritscher, p. 230).

OCLC locates eight holdings, all for issue No. 1 only.


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