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Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975-1983

My friend just gave me this book for my birthday and it has some of the most beautiful photos in it. It really captures that golden era of being gay in NY in the late 70s, early 80s before the Reagan years went full throttle. I’m definitely a fan of Tom Bianchi now. I would like a copy of his Fire Island book but it’s a thousand dollars on eBay?! Does anyone have any other gay photography book recommendations?

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by Anonymousreply 423February 4, 2024 3:35 AM

It's his Soul Mates Shopping Catalogue!

by Anonymousreply 1July 2, 2022 7:21 PM

Dammit, came to say "So many soulmates". I miss his purple prose. What's he up to now?

by Anonymousreply 2July 2, 2022 7:32 PM

R2 I think he’s semi retired in Palm Springs topping muscle daddy twunks?

by Anonymousreply 3July 2, 2022 7:34 PM

Is he still alive? Is his website still going? I subscribed once but I got tired of watching the old goat insert himself into the sex.

by Anonymousreply 4July 2, 2022 7:35 PM

R4 yeah he’s still kicking at 77

by Anonymousreply 5July 2, 2022 7:36 PM

Is that all? I thought he was well into his eighties. Age, not decade.

by Anonymousreply 6July 2, 2022 7:38 PM

Here he is at home in PS

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by Anonymousreply 7July 2, 2022 7:41 PM

I love whichever of you hags dubbed him "Granny T-Cells."

by Anonymousreply 8July 2, 2022 7:46 PM

Bowen Yang & Co. did an homage to Bianci’s Fire Island book. The results are in the article.

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by Anonymousreply 9July 2, 2022 8:00 PM

His house is beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 10July 2, 2022 8:01 PM

The husband

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by Anonymousreply 11July 2, 2022 8:02 PM

I miss DL Fav Bianchi's exploits.

I mean, how can we gauge the changes of season or passage of time without the introduction of a new soulmate?

by Anonymousreply 12July 2, 2022 8:05 PM

R12 are there old threads?

by Anonymousreply 13July 2, 2022 8:09 PM

[quote][R12] are there old threads?

Are there old threads?

That's like asking if there are old threads on DL about hot actors we think are gay.

by Anonymousreply 14July 2, 2022 8:35 PM

I'm sure very few of those beautiful young men in that book were lucky enough to live past age 40.

by Anonymousreply 15July 2, 2022 8:40 PM

R15: so true and so sad.

However, at least we still have these beautiful Polaroids. In this one, the guy on the left was truly hot

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by Anonymousreply 16July 2, 2022 8:58 PM

R16 the guy on the right just had atrocious glasses. Throw some tortoise frames on him and he’s cute

by Anonymousreply 17July 2, 2022 9:13 PM

More of the duo

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by Anonymousreply 18July 2, 2022 9:16 PM

^ link to Tom’s Insta

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by Anonymousreply 19July 2, 2022 9:16 PM

R18 YUM!!!

by Anonymousreply 20July 2, 2022 9:16 PM

Tom is Veiny Eldergay Royalty. He's our QE2!

by Anonymousreply 21July 2, 2022 11:06 PM

Did Tom give them all the AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 22July 2, 2022 11:13 PM

Their bodies look so masculine, why do guys’ bodies look so strange now?

by Anonymousreply 23July 3, 2022 12:24 AM

Natural bodies

by Anonymousreply 24July 3, 2022 12:57 AM

In theory, I admire him for retiring from his lawyer career to become a full time photographer. 10 Percent Production and his coffee table books were part of my growing up experience in the 90s. But in the early aughts, I rolled my eyes at all his "soulmate" ramblings that felt like him justifying falling for much younger men. But I do like his aesthetic.

by Anonymousreply 25July 3, 2022 1:17 AM

Much like everything else in Greenwich, West and now East Village 63 East 9th Street isn't what it was when Tom Bianchi was there...

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by Anonymousreply 26July 3, 2022 2:34 AM

R25

"In theory, I admire him for retiring from his lawyer career to become a full time photographer."

There really wasn't much of a choice there, Big Law was no where near as inclusive and pro equality even in 1980's as today. Yes, he could have gone into private practice, worked for non-profit or social justice type of things I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 27July 3, 2022 2:45 AM

Is that Rupert Everett in OP's pic?

by Anonymousreply 28July 3, 2022 2:56 AM

@R28

*LOL* No!

Most of subjects in Tom Bianchi's Polaroid were tricks or lovers. Good number TB can't even remember their names. He was such a slut then, but so were many others, at least until that bell began tolling.

Living in West Village, East Village and Greenwich Village back then was like a smorgasbord, you didn't have to go far if looking for something, or even if not and it just popped up. TB was a good looking fit young man in his day, not surprising he pulled quality trade.

by Anonymousreply 29July 3, 2022 3:03 AM

I have to say it - if that's him at 77 in the pic with the husband, TB has a very well-preserved body.

by Anonymousreply 30July 3, 2022 3:48 AM

He photographed everyone's favorite slutty senior citizen David Pevsner, back when you'd enjoy seeing him naked.

by Anonymousreply 31July 3, 2022 3:51 AM

A couple more of the guys from r16 and r18 here, the 7th (slight frontal from the guy on the left) and 8th images.

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by Anonymousreply 32July 3, 2022 4:07 AM

It is interesting to see these men being ok with getting photographed. Back then, there was a much lower chance of people "back home" finding out you're gay or posing for pictures like that.

by Anonymousreply 33July 3, 2022 9:00 AM

I wish I had the gumption to make a career change as he did. He loved the work; he enjoyed the men. He was able to work naked; who wouldn’t love that!

I like his early work. It was when men had body hair, especially large bushes. Most men were proud of their body hair back then.

by Anonymousreply 34July 3, 2022 9:15 AM

R33

Since Mr. Bianchi kept those Polaroids under wraps for decades there was less reasons for models to worry.

Wonder how many if any of the men pictured are still alive. If they were in their 20's then they'd be late 50's to early 60's now.

by Anonymousreply 35July 3, 2022 9:58 AM

Body fascist! And no FTMs!

by Anonymousreply 36July 3, 2022 10:24 AM

Thanks r32 for the link

This is gorgeous

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by Anonymousreply 37July 3, 2022 11:30 AM

The attractive guy was Bob Herr, a Playgirl model and Tom’s lover then

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by Anonymousreply 38July 3, 2022 11:35 AM

Sadly both models passed away during those terrible years

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by Anonymousreply 39July 3, 2022 11:36 AM

^ link

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by Anonymousreply 40July 3, 2022 11:37 AM

Robert Arters Herr was a Yalie!

Bob Herr was business manager for Michael Bennett and was part of intimate circle that accompanied Mr. Bennett to Arizona in his quest for HIV/AIDS treatment. After Mr. Bennett died Mr. Herr moved out west to California.

Yes, Bob Herr was HIV+ but his diagnoses came at a time when new treatments and drugs allowed different outcome than Mr. Bennett. Bob Herr died in 2006..

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by Anonymousreply 41July 3, 2022 12:51 PM

*RIP* Robert Arters Herr..

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by Anonymousreply 42July 3, 2022 12:53 PM

R41/r42: thanks for the info. I just knew DL would come through

And RIP Bob

by Anonymousreply 43July 3, 2022 1:17 PM

Sad thing is cannot find any sort of obituary online for Robert Arters Herr, not even a death notice. That Yale entry is all one could find. Also only one person bothered to leave flowers at his Find A Grave page. How terribly sad.

by Anonymousreply 44July 3, 2022 1:28 PM

Also am having no luck in finding anything Playgirl wise about Robert Arters Herr. Maybe he used a different name?

by Anonymousreply 45July 3, 2022 1:30 PM

His Fire Island Pines book is terrific. A real time capsule full of guys I knew (mostly gone) from that era. Tom himself, not my cup of tea. He used and claimed intimacy of a dear friend who was on the cover of his over 40 calendar. A bit creepy.

by Anonymousreply 46July 3, 2022 1:43 PM

R46 come again?!

by Anonymousreply 47July 3, 2022 1:55 PM

I think I was pretty clear R47.

by Anonymousreply 48July 3, 2022 3:13 PM

R48 “used and claimed intimacy”? The claimed intimacy is not ringing, like you’re mad that he said he fucked your friend?

by Anonymousreply 49July 3, 2022 3:15 PM

My friend was mad that Tom blabbed all overthe place that he did- like junior high school. My friend was one of the best looking men Tom ever photographed but it never involved sex as a lot of his other work did.

by Anonymousreply 50July 3, 2022 3:19 PM

R50 I’m assuming he’s the blonde. Maybe your friend is a whore and lying about it, Dear.

by Anonymousreply 51July 3, 2022 3:32 PM

So in plain English, your contending Bianchi said he fucked your friend when he didn't?

by Anonymousreply 52July 3, 2022 3:34 PM

you're....^

by Anonymousreply 53July 3, 2022 3:34 PM

Bianchi actually has good Christian values and created his lothario & gay photographer image as a way to minister to at-risk gay youth. He’s undercover doing the Lord’s work.

by Anonymousreply 54July 3, 2022 3:37 PM

Another one of Bob and friend [i think]

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by Anonymousreply 55July 3, 2022 3:57 PM

Dear Tom

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by Anonymousreply 56July 3, 2022 3:59 PM

With hubby Ben @bensmales

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by Anonymousreply 57July 3, 2022 4:02 PM

Is that him at .46 seconds here?

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by Anonymousreply 58July 3, 2022 4:06 PM

R58 no

by Anonymousreply 59July 3, 2022 4:11 PM

That Ben guy has been with him for a long time.

by Anonymousreply 60July 3, 2022 4:21 PM

R56, make fun all you want , but that is an amazing body for an older man.

by Anonymousreply 61July 3, 2022 4:43 PM

R61 all natural just protein shakes

by Anonymousreply 62July 3, 2022 4:54 PM

Bob’s work is a glimpse into an exclusive world showing the privilege of beauty. His images of these gorgeous men preserve them forever in their prime. Obviously I’ve never met him so I wonder if he’s disdainful of guys who aren’t up to snuff like some men can be.

by Anonymousreply 63July 3, 2022 5:26 PM

Who's Bob?

by Anonymousreply 64July 3, 2022 5:34 PM

That guy in OP's photo looks a lot like straight porn star Kevin James, who died in 1990.

I wonder if it is.

by Anonymousreply 65July 3, 2022 5:37 PM

Yes R33 there was no Tik Tok, Instagram Facebook... back then

by Anonymousreply 66July 3, 2022 5:46 PM

Mapplethorpe

Herbert List

Mark Ashkenazi

Leigh Bowery

George Platt Lynes

Bianchi is horrid.

by Anonymousreply 67July 3, 2022 6:14 PM

R67 then start a Mapplethorpe thread

by Anonymousreply 68July 3, 2022 6:31 PM

Tom Bianchi's photographs always made me feel that there was a gay world I would never have access to because I wasn't pretty enough.

by Anonymousreply 69July 3, 2022 7:39 PM

So he only gave some of them the AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 70July 3, 2022 9:30 PM

Someone upthread asked for old Bianchi threads. Here’s one:

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by Anonymousreply 71July 3, 2022 9:36 PM

HISSSSSSS! I HATE her!

by Anonymousreply 72July 3, 2022 9:53 PM

Even guys with extreme gay face were better looking back then.

by Anonymousreply 73July 3, 2022 10:00 PM

A Classic body of work...a beautiful record for gay culture.

by Anonymousreply 74July 3, 2022 10:23 PM

Didn’t he shoot broadways Dan Jenkins under a different name for his on the couch books?

Where are those shots

by Anonymousreply 75July 3, 2022 10:28 PM

[quote] Tom Bianchi's photographs always made me feel that there was a gay world I would never have access to because I wasn't pretty enough.

If you’ve got money and/or a big dick they’ll let you in.

by Anonymousreply 76July 3, 2022 10:46 PM

R69. Yup. Bianchi did more harm than good. The classiest pornographer.

by Anonymousreply 77July 3, 2022 10:49 PM

When I looked at TB over the past 30 years I didn't see a great physique, I saw a body ravaged by HIV.

by Anonymousreply 78July 3, 2022 10:51 PM

It's not R65. They do look a bit a like but the guy in OP's pic is better looking.

by Anonymousreply 79July 3, 2022 11:14 PM

He must have been the fugliest guy on the street.

by Anonymousreply 80July 3, 2022 11:47 PM

One of my good friends in the 90s posed for Bianchi. I saw him in some of the books Bianchi published. He would fly to Los Angeles for a long weekend. Bob had all of his models stay at his home. My friend said he would get naked the moment he arrived at the house, and would be naked the entire weekend until it was time to come home.

He said it wasn't an over-sexual place. It was like a group of friends getting together, and if two (or more) wanted to have sex, you did it, in front of the group or not. The swimming pool was ground zero for the weekend, and Bianchi treated everyone like a king.

He was so matter-of-fact when telling this, as if everyone flew to California and got naked for the weekend. In secret, I was jealous.

by Anonymousreply 81July 4, 2022 12:58 AM

He’s a user- a collector. As I said- his work can he quite good. I’ve know several very successful photographers and few are as transactional as he is- I find his vibe kind of gross and would never have been photographed by him. My friend regretted it although Tom took some great pics of him.

by Anonymousreply 82July 4, 2022 2:07 AM

It was a clever racket.

by Anonymousreply 83July 4, 2022 2:09 AM

What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?

by Anonymousreply 84July 4, 2022 3:59 AM

TB's post in R39 makes it sound like Bob Herr died during height of HIV/AIDS crisis back in 1980's. The man lived until 2006 for goodness sakes.

Either TB didn't keep up with Robert Herr, or he was just another fragment that wandered out of his life.

by Anonymousreply 85July 4, 2022 4:54 AM

[quote] He’s a user- a collector.

It makes total sense after reading r81.

Tom is basically throwing his own hot parties. Parties he wouldn't be invited to because of his old age. It's about being in control and lower the risk of being rejected.

by Anonymousreply 86July 4, 2022 8:08 AM

R64: I think r63 meant Tom, not Bob [the model]

by Anonymousreply 87July 4, 2022 1:27 PM

R85: that’s what I thought too re:

[quote] TB's post in [R39] makes it sound like Bob Herr died during height of HIV/AIDS crisis back in 1980's. The man lived until 2006 for goodness sakes.

by Anonymousreply 88July 4, 2022 1:29 PM

I noticed over the years his visiting friends alway stayed fit but they got older and slightly less handsome. Wouldn't it get kind of aimless and tired, living like that in your seventies? Don't you just want to put on a pair of shorts and a polo and not take the day's Viagra? I like sex as much as anybody who likes sex at normal levels but even I accept there will come a point it's a pleasant memory not a daily routine.

by Anonymousreply 89July 4, 2022 1:29 PM

Life’s a Party

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by Anonymousreply 90July 4, 2022 1:33 PM

His photos have that Malone, depressing, saccharine, vanished-in-the-Everhaed-baths feel.

by Anonymousreply 91July 4, 2022 1:39 PM

R34- I have a FULL Bush

by Anonymousreply 92July 4, 2022 1:47 PM

R9- NONE of the guys in that photo would be considered hot 🥵.

by Anonymousreply 93July 4, 2022 1:55 PM

Will there be pictures posted from today’s 4th of July naked guys swimming party?

by Anonymousreply 94July 4, 2022 2:05 PM

R81, Did your friend catch anything from these friendly get togethers?

by Anonymousreply 95July 4, 2022 4:21 PM

(quote0 What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?

The early AIDS drugs tended to drain the fat from the legs and arms. The guys who lost all that healthy fat to AIDS never recovered it, especially in the limbs and face.

by Anonymousreply 96July 4, 2022 4:38 PM

I’ve looked at the Playgirl archives from the 70s and early 80s and can’t come up with Bob Herr under that or another name (it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it). Is it possible that TB is misremembering which gorgeous young playmate of his appeared in the magazine? There must be 1000s of them.

by Anonymousreply 97July 4, 2022 5:17 PM

Does Tom still have his original hips?

by Anonymousreply 98July 4, 2022 5:56 PM

Dazspanziani in R90's pic can get it.

by Anonymousreply 99July 4, 2022 6:32 PM

Bravo r97 for your hard work

by Anonymousreply 100July 4, 2022 6:33 PM

R99: yes Mr Darren SpazianI is attractive, and the appeal is further enhanced by his job as Artistic Director Leather Goods Women+Men+Travel @louisvuitton

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by Anonymousreply 101July 4, 2022 6:39 PM

Shiny botox forehead on D Spaz.

by Anonymousreply 102July 4, 2022 6:42 PM

Yeah, but he doesn't look a day over 37.

by Anonymousreply 103July 4, 2022 7:00 PM

^ Lolz but that’s almost de rigueur for anyone past 30 who’s working in the Fashion industry

by Anonymousreply 104July 4, 2022 7:02 PM

The big blondie on the right is really hot

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by Anonymousreply 105July 4, 2022 8:57 PM

Another one of Bob

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by Anonymousreply 106July 4, 2022 9:00 PM

Fried chicken

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by Anonymousreply 107July 4, 2022 9:08 PM

some of those links don't work

by Anonymousreply 108July 4, 2022 9:14 PM

So no 4th July party photos yet?

by Anonymousreply 109July 4, 2022 9:31 PM

Aren't most of Tom's "Models" poz?

by Anonymousreply 110July 4, 2022 10:41 PM

R33, um yes...unless someone "from home" visited Tom's apartment, how would they ever see a one -of-a-kind instamatic photo.

by Anonymousreply 111July 5, 2022 12:33 AM

Great hair

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by Anonymousreply 112July 5, 2022 1:19 AM

Bob Herr would have been in his thirties by 1970's, and forties by 1985; either way a fine looking guy.

There really wasn't any rhyme or reason to how things played out back then HIV/AIDS wise. Some were positive, spread to others and are still alive today. Others infected died early on, and or lasted long enough to see effective treatments and pharma arrive.

Really is interesting (or again maybe just sad) how Bob Herr simply seemed to drop off face of earth. Last thing anyone hears about the guy is when he was working for Michael Bennett. One would have assumed that connection alone would have warranted at least a death notice if not obituary.

IIRC Los Angeles county does not publish death notices per se; that is unless family or someone pays for printed listing there isn't anything. Search of Legacy.com doesn't have a death notice for either LA or PA.

by Anonymousreply 113July 5, 2022 1:28 AM

R23

Guys back then worked out/kept physically active mostly to remain fit. Yes, you had gays who were into bodybuilding, but nothing like the "muscle Mary" craze that arrived with Chelsea or WeHo boys by 1990's.

Bob Herr represented a pretty good swath of young gay men back then. Guys you'd think there wasn't much their if you saw them in bar or someplace in a suit and tie; but seeing them undressed or in casual attire was like "whoaa Nellie!" Tricking or maybe even getting into relationship was like hitting jackpot!

by Anonymousreply 114July 5, 2022 1:40 AM

[quote]Guys back then worked out/kept physically active mostly to remain fit.

The look guys get when they work out to get fit is so much more preferable to me than the 'roided out look. I wish people would go back to that more, it's really very sexy, particularly as guys then end up looking like the best versions of themselves, rather than all having the same, cookie-cutter body. Just my preference anyway. I love variety.

by Anonymousreply 115July 5, 2022 2:10 AM

Mid flight

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by Anonymousreply 116July 5, 2022 2:20 AM

Knew several guys like Bob Herr back in day.

Guys like that could be found at Uncle Charlies in WV among some other places.

They were young guys starting out in their professional careers, WASPs, Ivy league grads, one or more letters in high school and maybe college sports. Kept fit playing tennis, squash, lacrosse, swimming....

by Anonymousreply 117July 5, 2022 2:30 AM

Honorable mention for fit older gays goes to Colton Ford.

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by Anonymousreply 118July 5, 2022 2:33 AM

Fuck yeah!

Older men don't automatically have same fate as females. If they've kept fit all their lives or at least since middle age many can keep it going well into senior citizen status.

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by Anonymousreply 119July 5, 2022 2:34 AM

[quote]Older men don't automatically have same fate as females. If they've kept fit all their lives or at least since middle age many can keep it going well into senior citizen status.

A lot of men actually get BETTER looking as they get older, in my eyes.

by Anonymousreply 120July 5, 2022 2:55 AM

I’ve always thought so

by Anonymousreply 121July 5, 2022 1:22 PM

[post redacted because linking to dailymail.co.uk clearly indicates that the poster is either a troll or an idiot (probably both, honestly.) Our advice is that you just ignore this poster but whatever you do, don't click on any link to this putrid rag.]

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by Anonymousreply 122July 5, 2022 1:25 PM

Ben and Darius

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by Anonymousreply 123July 5, 2022 1:36 PM

drugs

by Anonymousreply 124July 5, 2022 1:54 PM

R124: what exactly are they sharing? TIA!

by Anonymousreply 125July 5, 2022 2:02 PM

Pretty messes the lot of them.

by Anonymousreply 126July 5, 2022 4:13 PM

who is the husband Ben? Great body….any info?

by Anonymousreply 127July 5, 2022 7:10 PM

he's a beautiful soul, i'm sure

by Anonymousreply 128July 5, 2022 7:33 PM

[quote] What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?

ALL of them.

by Anonymousreply 129July 5, 2022 7:37 PM

As a guy who was athletic, and in a big university in 1975, I can point out that the only guys who were lifting weights in those days were the big, dumb muscleheads (a group small enough to be considered weirdos by the general univ. population, almost to the extent of being considered perverts), and the football players, and other team sports players, who all had various weight routines for their sports. There were NO cardio exercise machines, no Nautilus machines, no treadmills, no elliptical trainers, etc. NONE of that existed. I think there WERE stationary bikes, but they were only used by little old ladies. Additionally, NOBODY used steroids except for the aforementioned dumb muscleheads ( it was a "science" that was amazingly simple back in those days). No creatine, no protein powder, or any of the other nutritional mumbo-jumbo relied on by today's overblown, iphone-staring automotons. The Sony Walkman was YEARS in the future. If you wanted to lift weights, there were only free weights, barbells. It ALL started to change after about 1980. Up until then, guys jogged, or played basketball, did pushups, etc. Women walked. I don't think the first aerobics class was invented until the 1980s sometime. Hard to believe, I know. Times were tough.

by Anonymousreply 130July 5, 2022 7:54 PM

Of course those things didn't exist, r130. Olivia Newton-John didn't invent them until 1981.

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by Anonymousreply 131July 5, 2022 9:53 PM

There are only 4 copies left on eBay and 7 copies on Amazon. 63 E 9th Street is OOP (out of print) like the Fire Island book, which now sell for $750-1000 each. Get your copies while you can, looks like a good investment.

by Anonymousreply 132July 5, 2022 10:00 PM

That book must be like a memorial now.

by Anonymousreply 133July 5, 2022 10:02 PM

An older (a once and still fairly gorgeous) friend of mine posed for him in the early 90's. Shirtless shots, no total nudity. He said Tom was professional and relaxed and of course hit on him. He didn't do it (he had a husband) but was flattered as Tom was "in great shape and a sexy guy". The pics, however, are fantastic, very moody black and white. and he's glad he posed.

by Anonymousreply 134July 5, 2022 10:32 PM

R129 And then extensive daily bathing in formaldehyde.

by Anonymousreply 135July 5, 2022 11:32 PM

I had that “Out of the Studio” book with all the pool photos like the one at r116. Someone up above posted about their friend who’d fly out to L.A. and hang out naked at the pool with Tom and his crew of studs all weekend being photographed. I wonder which one of those guys he was. Total fantasy stuff for me to have a weekend like that. Anyway a creative boyfriend of mine cut up the book and made a collage of some of the photos. I’d be pissed if I found out that book was now worth $1000, but it looks like it only goes for $20 today.

by Anonymousreply 136July 5, 2022 11:45 PM

One of the ones that are still alive I'm guessing R136 unless they lied about having a sexy and fabulous friend.

by Anonymousreply 137July 6, 2022 12:13 AM

r136, i recall that book, super hot studs, and very gay

by Anonymousreply 138July 6, 2022 12:31 AM

R136 Consider yourself lucky he didn’t pull a Kenneth Halliwell on you.

by Anonymousreply 139July 6, 2022 12:37 AM

Or pull a jerri hall

by Anonymousreply 140July 6, 2022 12:22 PM

POC represented

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by Anonymousreply 141July 6, 2022 2:09 PM

Beautiful tan lines

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by Anonymousreply 142July 6, 2022 2:12 PM

How many of Tom's "models" are still around?

by Anonymousreply 143July 6, 2022 7:45 PM

In my experience, most of my friends in the 80s and 90s who contracted AIDS just faded away. Many were embarrassed to have it, and they rejected any social opportunity for fear other people would figure it out. They even distanced themselves from their friends.

So it wasn't unusual to hear someone just fell off the face of the Earth. You knew what was happening, and you tried to say in contact so they knew you were there. I doubt most wanted to have an obituary posted.

by Anonymousreply 144July 7, 2022 1:01 AM

Very sad

by Anonymousreply 145July 7, 2022 12:28 PM

The ones who ARE "still around" are looking majorly worse for wear nowadays. None of em would stand a chance at attending anymore of eternally youthful Tom's sexy pool parties, that's fer shure.

by Anonymousreply 146July 7, 2022 12:42 PM

Great stache

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by Anonymousreply 147July 7, 2022 2:34 PM

Nice smile [unknown vintage]

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by Anonymousreply 148July 7, 2022 2:36 PM

Yeah, Tom seems to believe his leathery hide is still glowing with youth and beauty.

by Anonymousreply 149July 7, 2022 2:37 PM

Apologies if this pic of Bob has been posted up thread

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by Anonymousreply 150July 7, 2022 2:46 PM

Hangin’

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by Anonymousreply 151July 7, 2022 3:26 PM

How do you die of AIDS 12 years after the introduction of antiviral drugs. Do they slowly lose there efficacy? Clearly, they worked for some time.

by Anonymousreply 152July 7, 2022 3:32 PM

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

by Anonymousreply 153July 7, 2022 4:01 PM

The drugs don't work on some guys apparently R152.

by Anonymousreply 154July 8, 2022 1:06 AM

Still at it

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by Anonymousreply 155July 8, 2022 3:23 PM

That's both sad and disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 156July 8, 2022 3:24 PM

R156: Lolz - here’s an oldie to soothe your nerves dear

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by Anonymousreply 157July 8, 2022 4:36 PM

How are oldies at all soothing R157?

by Anonymousreply 158July 9, 2022 2:51 AM

R157: Good art soothes, because it transcends the ravages of time

by Anonymousreply 159July 9, 2022 3:01 AM

Most of the guys in those photos were ravaged but not by time.

by Anonymousreply 160July 9, 2022 3:09 AM

Given gay culture of late has become so obsessed with muscular physical male beauty, it isn't surprising older gays like Colton Ford and others keep fit.

Like that song says, "keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved..."

by Anonymousreply 161July 9, 2022 12:21 PM

Lots of similar guys on The Aids Memorial on Instagram. One of the very best accounts on the app.

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by Anonymousreply 162July 9, 2022 1:00 PM

Only Connect

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by Anonymousreply 163July 9, 2022 4:38 PM

Bird watching

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by Anonymousreply 164July 9, 2022 4:42 PM

E 63rd St: Only 24 new copies left on the publisher site, 28 new/7 used on Amazon, and only 4 left on eBay. It’s OOP like the Fire Island book, which is now going for 750-1k. Might be a pretty good investment for when those last 63 copies are sold.

by Anonymousreply 165July 9, 2022 4:47 PM

R165 *63 E 9th St

by Anonymousreply 166July 9, 2022 5:06 PM

There's a banality about his work. It wears thin very quickly. The old threads taking the piss out of his blogs were hilarious. I'm trying to imagine the empty conversation between the sex. "Jim and Jay are going to Puerto Vallarta, but then on to Mykonos to stay with Chris and Ryan who paid $4 million for their villa there. Ray and Tom –– Tom of those big thighs that grip so strongly, are renovating in Laurel Canyon, but they plan to flip...." On and on: days and days, and weeks and weeks, and years and years of it. Until the happy release of death.

by Anonymousreply 167July 9, 2022 5:46 PM

He does seem that type

by Anonymousreply 168July 9, 2022 5:58 PM

Thanks R167. A search on Googoo for "Datalounge & Bianchi" finds at least 4 threads. I'm sure I'll be able to garner some laughs on this kind of tedious, rainy, Saturday afternoon. Yeah, his style is kind of hilarious. It's really just porn draped in some kind of mildly creepy, flimsy sentimentality.

by Anonymousreply 169July 9, 2022 6:53 PM

R152

As with many other chronic infections/illnesses; sometimes meds or cocktail of them are no longer effective, virus or whatever causing infection/illness has become resistant to same, and so it goes.

Bob Herr lived for 20 years after being diagnosed. Know of four (now) elder gays who were diagnosed also back in 1980's who still are with us thanks to meds. Larry Kramer was diagnosed in 1988 and lived until 2020, dying at age 84.

We only have that Yale entry as only sort of obituary for Bob Herr, and it merely says he died of "AIDS". That isn't an exact cause of death since HIV/AIDS contributes to but normally infection itself isn't sole cause of death. That event is likely more due to HIV/AIDs related *something*. This is what Liberace's family and personal physicians fought against

First death certificate issued for Liberace filled in by his personal physician simply gave COD as "anemia". Local corner fought to perform an autopsy which lead to world finding out what Liberace and his handlers sought to hush up.

From Liberace's Wiki entry:

" His death was at first attributed variously to anemia (due to a diet of watermelon), emphysema, and heart disease, the last of which was attested to by Liberace's personal physician, Ronald Daniels.[72] However, the Riverside County coroner – against the advice of Daniels – performed an autopsy and later stated that "a deliberate attempt" had been made to hide the actual cause of Liberace's death by his doctors, his manager, and Liberace's entire immediate family. The post mortem discovered that Liberace had emphysema and coronary artery disease from years of chain smoking, but the direct cause was pneumonia due to complications from AIDS.[70][72] Author Darden Asbury Pyron writes that Liberace had been "HIV-positive and symptomatic" from 1985 until his death.[73]"

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by Anonymousreply 170July 9, 2022 7:05 PM

There’s probably some great data towards answering some of those questions here.

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by Anonymousreply 171July 9, 2022 7:09 PM

Thanks for sharing that link R162. That really grabbed me by the throat, seeing all those lovely faces.

by Anonymousreply 172July 9, 2022 11:29 PM

Of late? Gay culture has always been about keeping pretty and staying young.

by Anonymousreply 173July 9, 2022 11:34 PM

R162 That Instagram page is bittersweet reminder of so many young gay men who didn't survive the AIDS epidemic. As a New Yorker emerging as a gay man in the 1980s I was terrified and paranoid of being exposed to HIV and was very selective of my partners and only practiced safe sex. About 80% of those I knew from back then have passed, only a few like myself were among the lucky ones. Going through the posts I recognized five I knew personally.

by Anonymousreply 174July 9, 2022 11:47 PM

You whore! Just kidding. Glad you're still around.

by Anonymousreply 175July 10, 2022 5:12 AM

R173

While gay culture long has been obsessed with youth and beauty, not every middle aged or older gay man continued (or started) working out and had jacked bodies at 50, 60 or even 70.

Gay men back in day were likely just as their straight peers to have a bit of a paunch if not downright chubby by middle age and beyond. Again, yes gays may have taken better care in terms of grooming and overall appearance compared to straights, but that also varies by several factors.

Many European cultures such as those that are Latin based (French, Italian, Spanish) have some aspect of what Italians call “la bella figura”. This applies to males and females. You want to look good and present a nice appearance period regardless of age to make a desirable impression.

You only have to look at pictures taken at gay bath houses back in 1970's or even 1980's to see jacked bodies were not common across all age groups present.

by Anonymousreply 176July 10, 2022 5:30 AM

The "working out" mania did not take hold in the US until the early '80s. Like someone pointed out up above with that Olivia-Newton John video, that's when it took hold. Prior to that, some guys played team sports or had maybe a weight bar at home and used them sporadically. Women would walk, if anything. That was about it for most of the young population, and older people did nothing, except "gardening" or men who played golf, tennis, or racquetball. All those diets and the invention of the panoply of exercise machines to supplement free weights, led to the opening of thousands of gyms all across the country, aerobics classes, intensely body-focused culture, the crazy "science" of steroids and 'nutritional' supplements, etc. It took hold and is going strong after 40 years now. It seems pretty clear that the burgeoning of gay culture in the US in the mid to late '70s led to and fed directly into all of this.

by Anonymousreply 177July 10, 2022 3:06 PM

1/3: Tom’s original

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by Anonymousreply 178July 10, 2022 6:44 PM

2/3: 2022 Muiti-Culti re imagination

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by Anonymousreply 179July 10, 2022 6:45 PM

3/3:

[quote] fang.nyc Summer is Here and Hotter than ever, and so is our FIRST-EVER Swimwear Collection! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 🌞​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The campaign was shot in Fire Island Pines, a haven for generations of queer people. We tabbed @gauchecowboy to reimagine @Tombianchi famed Fire Island portraits with a current, diverse and inclusive point of view. Spotlighting Black, Asian, and Latino bodies to accurately depict the gradual demographic shift on the island, and, in turn, positive changes within the LGBTQ+ community at large.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 🌞​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Producer:@fang.guo ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Photogrpaher: @gauchecowboy ​​​​​​​

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by Anonymousreply 180July 10, 2022 6:46 PM

You all mean to tell me that gay men LIKE hot men?

by Anonymousreply 181July 10, 2022 6:53 PM

And then there were none, well, only a few.

by Anonymousreply 182July 11, 2022 4:04 AM

[quote]Obviously I’ve never met him so I wonder if he’s disdainful of guys who aren’t up to snuff like some men can be.

Over the last twenty years there have been a number of Tom Bianchi threads, and that has been the frequent story of people who have met him. He's only interested in beautiful male bodies, so unless you have one you're basically invisible to him... unless you're extremely rich, in which case he'll deign to talk to you.

by Anonymousreply 183July 11, 2022 5:37 AM

R183 so then what makes him different from 75% of gay men?

by Anonymousreply 184July 11, 2022 1:43 PM

^98%

by Anonymousreply 185July 11, 2022 2:20 PM

He’s a star fucker

by Anonymousreply 186July 11, 2022 2:47 PM

He's a gross dirty old man.

by Anonymousreply 187July 11, 2022 4:42 PM

He’s a soul mate!

by Anonymousreply 188July 12, 2022 1:20 AM

He's a headache!

He's an angel!

He's an Eldergay!

by Anonymousreply 189July 12, 2022 4:33 AM

He takes pretty pictures

by Anonymousreply 190July 12, 2022 1:21 PM

He did

by Anonymousreply 191July 13, 2022 12:32 AM

Recent work

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by Anonymousreply 192July 13, 2022 12:36 AM

ElderGays of note

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by Anonymousreply 193July 13, 2022 12:38 AM

Who are the geezers?

by Anonymousreply 194July 13, 2022 12:45 AM

R194: Tom, writers Brad Gooch, Armistead Maupin, and Larry Kramer [noted AIDS activist, amongst other achievements]

by Anonymousreply 195July 13, 2022 12:58 AM

R194 Are you sure the bald guy is Armistead? Doesn't look like him at all.

by Anonymousreply 196July 13, 2022 1:04 AM

r195, that's Edmund White, not Maupin

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by Anonymousreply 197July 13, 2022 1:08 AM

Easy enough mistake to make as the men do have similar looks.

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by Anonymousreply 198July 13, 2022 1:10 AM

Sorry for mixing up Edmund and Armistead

by Anonymousreply 199July 13, 2022 1:25 AM

Throwback: 2020

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by Anonymousreply 200July 13, 2022 1:57 AM

We should all be so lucky

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by Anonymousreply 201July 13, 2022 4:13 AM

Mr White

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by Anonymousreply 202July 13, 2022 4:15 AM

Firebrand Kramer

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by Anonymousreply 203July 13, 2022 4:17 AM

Looking at him now you'd never know Edmund White was once quite attractive.

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by Anonymousreply 204July 13, 2022 4:20 AM

R204: he was wasn’t he

by Anonymousreply 205July 13, 2022 4:22 AM

More from 2009...

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by Anonymousreply 206July 13, 2022 4:23 AM

Another...

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by Anonymousreply 207July 13, 2022 4:26 AM

IIRC young man pictured in R207 Interview Magazine with Edmund White was his then partner Hubert Sorin. Now there's a story worth telling, but ended sadly.

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by Anonymousreply 208July 13, 2022 4:33 AM

Edmund White also messed about with Bruce Chatwin back in the day who was sent onto him by Robert Mapplethorpe. Former arrived at EW's apartment and couple had sex right in front doorway. That's what passed for gay chatting up in 1970's I suppose.

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by Anonymousreply 209July 13, 2022 4:36 AM

Edmund White et mari..

See? Mother was right, every pot has a lid.

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by Anonymousreply 210July 13, 2022 4:51 AM

One more..

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by Anonymousreply 211July 13, 2022 4:53 AM

Brad with husband Paul Raushenbush and kids

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by Anonymousreply 212July 13, 2022 7:27 AM

Back in the day

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by Anonymousreply 213July 13, 2022 7:29 AM

“Mother, May I Sleep with Edmund White?”

by Anonymousreply 214July 13, 2022 8:30 AM

I’d sleep with anyone, I’m an unrepentant star fucker

by Anonymousreply 215July 13, 2022 1:08 PM

Brad Gooch, former male model. A REAL literary heavyweight...And just imagine Leo Tolstoy skimming Eddie White's tales of sucking off hustlers in the bushes in the dark. THAT's what I always imagine whenever I happen to be reading any of White's elegant gay "literature." It's hilarious to imagine.

by Anonymousreply 216July 13, 2022 1:23 PM

While we're on the subject Edmond White was diagnosed HIV+ back in 1985. His then young lover Hubert Sorin packed up and moved in with EW in 1989 believing he would be there to take care of Edmond White during inevitable decline and death. Things did not work out that way...

Turned out Edmond White later learned he was infected with a non aggressive strain of HIV virus, and thus went on living pretty much as he had done. Hubert Sorin was HIV+ (not infected by White), and quickly went down hill, dying about five years later.

Tom Bianchi, Edmond White and others who are part of this circle or adjacent were all "there" so to speak.

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by Anonymousreply 217July 13, 2022 1:41 PM

Edmund White and Larry Kramer went way back, at least to 1982 in NYC when the latter asked former join a group of prominent NYC gays (power gays if you will) to discuss and deal with HIV/AIDs epidemic. White would go on to help establish Gay Men's Health Crisis.

by Anonymousreply 218July 13, 2022 1:54 PM

$8.25 coupon on Amazon for the book for Prime Day. Get ‘em while they last.

by Anonymousreply 219July 13, 2022 1:59 PM

Or just download ALL the images on Google Images and forget about it. Problem solved.

by Anonymousreply 220July 13, 2022 2:03 PM

R220 is obviously trash and probably has a Chinese take-away menu on her coffee table for guests to peruse.

by Anonymousreply 221July 13, 2022 2:12 PM

OT, but Paul Theroux's foul "tribute" to Bruce Chatwin is a class A example of a little number in backstabbing I like to think of as 'the final twist'.

by Anonymousreply 222July 13, 2022 2:15 PM

Gross old queens.

by Anonymousreply 223July 13, 2022 2:15 PM

Not interested in putting a red cent in the bank account of "A-list," octagenarian party-puff Tom Bianchi, that's all. And yes, ALL the images are right where I indicated. Free. -220.

by Anonymousreply 224July 13, 2022 2:38 PM

R223 acne-ridden, pink hair “twink” who doesn’t know how to wipe properly

by Anonymousreply 225July 13, 2022 3:56 PM

Bianchi and White make an appearance in this nonfiction book that just came out about Fire Island. Highly readable and with much insight into the arts and culture inspired by and created on the island.

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by Anonymousreply 226July 14, 2022 5:09 AM

R222

And how!

"Other friends of Chatwin—one in particular—were not so generous. In a startlingly ungracious article Paul Theroux portrayed Chatwin as a braggart and a snob. (Even Rushdie had called him a “gilt-edged name-dropper”). Clearly irritated by Chatwin’s reticence, Theroux broached in print the topic others had only spoken of. “We had met his wife,” he wrote,

but the very fact of Bruce having a wife was so improbable that no one quite believed it…. That he was homosexual bothered no one; that he never spoke about it was rather disturbing"

Bruce Chatwin seems to have ruffled many feathers apparently.

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by Anonymousreply 227July 14, 2022 9:11 AM

Paul Theroux is your typical embodiment of white straight male privilege.

Only whinier and uglier.

by Anonymousreply 228July 14, 2022 1:13 PM

He is

by Anonymousreply 229July 14, 2022 1:54 PM

Bruce Chatwin was the most beautiful boy in the world, and all those motherfuckers were jealous because he could have anyone in the world from Adelaide to Patagonia!

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by Anonymousreply 230July 14, 2022 2:02 PM

I wouldn't go anywhere near that far, but Chatwin was miles better looking than Theroux-up.

by Anonymousreply 231July 14, 2022 7:09 PM

"Bruce Chatwin was the most beautiful boy in the world..."

I say, shouldn't go that far; even by standards for British male beauty Bruce Chatwin hardly was the most beautiful anything.

by Anonymousreply 232July 15, 2022 9:39 AM

Chatwin was a mythomane. That's fantastic for creating a personal brand, but infuriating for personal interactions.

Someone I know was tasked with sitting nude in a sauna that Chatwin used to haunt, while the BBC puffed smoke into it to simulate steam for the documentary they made on him.

by Anonymousreply 233July 15, 2022 10:09 AM

R225, Sad old rancid never was.

by Anonymousreply 234July 15, 2022 10:36 AM

The beautiful writer, Paul Monette [1945-1995], shot by Tom

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by Anonymousreply 235July 15, 2022 10:49 PM

On the couch

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by Anonymousreply 236July 15, 2022 10:55 PM

The original short shorts

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by Anonymousreply 237July 16, 2022 7:16 AM

R237 I actually had those same shorts around 1980 and would go jogging in them.

by Anonymousreply 238July 16, 2022 4:19 PM

If I'd been around then, R238, I know I would've been looking, haha!

by Anonymousreply 239July 16, 2022 11:32 PM

Is he still doing this? He must spend a fortune on escorts, I mean models.

by Anonymousreply 240July 17, 2022 2:53 AM

Remember Payphone?

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by Anonymousreply 241July 17, 2022 3:46 AM

Brad Gooch posted this: I didn’t realize he bore such a resemblance to John John at the height of his beauty

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by Anonymousreply 242July 28, 2022 1:13 PM

^ link

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by Anonymousreply 243July 28, 2022 1:13 PM

Does Gooch have a husband?

by Anonymousreply 244July 28, 2022 2:02 PM

R244: yes, and they have two kids

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by Anonymousreply 245July 28, 2022 2:21 PM

An earlier poster said only dull straight guys went to the gym in the mid 70s. Well, in nYC and LA every Ford, Zoli, and Wilhelmina model I knew went to the gym every day. The YMCA gym was like the baths. What guys did not do was take steroids. I joined my first gym in NYC in 1975- European Health Spa. It’s locations in NYC were 90% gay men. Almost all my friends in those days worked out regularly.

by Anonymousreply 246July 28, 2022 2:46 PM

did they get into things where the man goes up into the other man?

by Anonymousreply 247July 29, 2022 2:11 PM

R247, they invented that.... that's why they took photos, so they could write up the instruction manual after they figured it out.

by Anonymousreply 248July 29, 2022 2:54 PM

What’s the matter with Gooch’s mouth? Looks like some kind of palate issue.

by Anonymousreply 249July 30, 2022 3:19 AM

Figures a vain douche would become a corporate rat.

by Anonymousreply 250July 31, 2022 3:42 AM

Rev. Raushenbush as in Reverend? I don't trust anyone whose name is preceded by a "must revere me" kind of word.

by Anonymousreply 251August 2, 2022 12:41 AM

It's Rearend.

by Anonymousreply 252August 2, 2022 12:50 AM

It's Rev. as in grifting whore.

by Anonymousreply 253August 2, 2022 5:32 PM

Has anybody been on Bianchi's site lately? Is new content added or is he ceasing to work?

by Anonymousreply 254August 2, 2022 6:44 PM

Does he still film guys?

by Anonymousreply 255August 11, 2022 6:48 AM

Well, he’s not filming girls I can tell you that much.

by Anonymousreply 256August 11, 2022 6:52 AM

Some of his latest can be found on Instagram; this one is called’In défense of beauty’

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by Anonymousreply 257August 11, 2022 8:49 AM

Soulmates

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by Anonymousreply 258August 11, 2022 8:52 AM

Gross old slag.

by Anonymousreply 259August 12, 2022 1:53 AM

R258

Just ewww! Far to icky. But hey, if Mr. Bianchi's partner is happy, guess that's all that matters I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 260August 12, 2022 4:47 AM

R260: how about this? Slight improvement?

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by Anonymousreply 261August 12, 2022 2:46 PM

De gustibus non est disputandum, or de gustibus non disputandum est

by Anonymousreply 262August 12, 2022 2:55 PM

Or more simply the heart (or dick) wants what it wants.

by Anonymousreply 263August 12, 2022 2:56 PM

Amazon out of stock, 5 left used, only 3 on eBay. Price is up to 199.99 now.

by Anonymousreply 264August 12, 2022 8:08 PM

So are they reduced to just photographing themselves now?

by Anonymousreply 265August 12, 2022 8:19 PM

And escorts

by Anonymousreply 266August 12, 2022 10:20 PM

Do they use escorts because they’re cheaper than models? This sounds like something the modeling union should get involved with and fight or their industry to not be undermined by whores who will be paid less, they’re like scabs.

by Anonymousreply 267August 12, 2022 11:00 PM

Tom and models: unknown vintage

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by Anonymousreply 268August 13, 2022 1:14 AM

Throwback: 2017

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by Anonymousreply 269August 13, 2022 1:17 AM

He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.

by Anonymousreply 270August 13, 2022 1:17 AM

R268, they're all very pretty, but you can just see the one brain cell they share between them in that photo.

by Anonymousreply 271August 13, 2022 1:18 AM

He’s just gristle clinging to bone powder at this point.

by Anonymousreply 272August 13, 2022 1:23 AM

What a great job, as in R268. I meet up with five great looking guys and I wonder what they look like naked. Bianchi IS going to see these five good looking guys naked, perhaps in minute detail.

I'm in the wrong profession....

by Anonymousreply 273August 13, 2022 2:36 AM

R270

Speak for yourself!

by Anonymousreply 274August 13, 2022 4:31 AM

Well, Legit models probably aren't gonna want to have sex with two old roid queens.

by Anonymousreply 275August 13, 2022 5:48 AM

He seems to roiled out, but he’s attractive in a grandpa way

by Anonymousreply 276August 13, 2022 7:37 AM

Latest

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by Anonymousreply 277August 23, 2022 3:50 AM

Nice box.

by Anonymousreply 278August 23, 2022 3:52 AM

Real models will never risk getting lucrative fashion/advertising contracts.

by Anonymousreply 279August 23, 2022 5:07 AM

Real models put out

by Anonymousreply 280August 23, 2022 12:57 PM

[quote]He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.

I'm not sure how much, to be honest.

I'd love to know what the models are thinking (I know, I'm the last optimist.) I get (intellectually) the thrill of stripping it off and being photographed as a sex object. But photographed by desiccated origami that gives every appearance of expecting to have sex with you? What's the nature of [italic]that[/italic] damage?

by Anonymousreply 281August 23, 2022 1:05 PM

He photographed everyone's favorite daddy in denial David Pevsner, so he was never that good.

by Anonymousreply 282August 23, 2022 4:04 PM

daddy in denial?

by Anonymousreply 283August 23, 2022 4:14 PM

As in he thinks he's still a hot daddy but is in reality more a passable granddaddy.

by Anonymousreply 284August 23, 2022 4:15 PM

a grandaddy I'd do

by Anonymousreply 285August 23, 2022 4:16 PM

[quote]He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.

You and I have different ideas of fun.

by Anonymousreply 286August 23, 2022 4:25 PM

He was toxic. He mashed up the unrealistic myths of gay male beauty and connection through promiscuity and sold them like a pornographer. I've never really been certain whether he was in on his scam or bought into his own bullshit. The photographer Tom Bianchi died today will never been written in the New York Times.

by Anonymousreply 287August 23, 2022 4:48 PM

How many of you pearl clutching whores have multiple accounts on sleazy sites with dozens of your flabby, lurid nudes for the world to see...

by Anonymousreply 288August 23, 2022 7:16 PM

Hey, Tom.

by Anonymousreply 289August 23, 2022 7:26 PM

Gay men posting their own nudes? Well! I never!

by Anonymousreply 290August 23, 2022 7:33 PM

Amazon is sold out of the 63E9 book, except two used copies, and eBay only has one for $200

by Anonymousreply 291August 23, 2022 7:38 PM

It's a really dark thought, but you wonder how many of his orgy/photo sessions became superspreader events.

by Anonymousreply 292August 23, 2022 10:00 PM

Of which disease in particular? He's been at it since Matthew Brady.

by Anonymousreply 293August 23, 2022 11:24 PM

Model: Aldo

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by Anonymousreply 294August 24, 2022 2:26 AM

nice thighs

by Anonymousreply 295August 24, 2022 3:40 AM

Tom shooting Hubby Ben shooting a model

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by Anonymousreply 296August 24, 2022 9:55 AM

One in particular R293, but probably every other one since.

by Anonymousreply 297August 26, 2022 11:31 PM

Oh please. Every time Melania walks into a room it's a super spreader event.

by Anonymousreply 298August 26, 2022 11:36 PM

r292 posted THIRTY replies on this thread, and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is about AIDS and other STD's. What is the MATTER WITH THAT? Fetish or homophobia? And he's being homophobic on other threads, too.

by Anonymousreply 299September 12, 2022 12:57 PM

R299, trolls just gotta be trolls

by Anonymousreply 300September 12, 2022 1:02 PM

Thirst: Tom Bianchi x Tom of Finland

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by Anonymousreply 301September 12, 2022 6:26 PM

Hubby Ben and friends

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by Anonymousreply 302September 12, 2022 6:29 PM

Classy

by Anonymousreply 303September 13, 2022 8:12 AM

You gotta have a hobby.

by Anonymousreply 304September 13, 2022 8:50 AM

Very tan

by Anonymousreply 305September 13, 2022 1:10 PM

Having fun

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by Anonymousreply 306September 13, 2022 3:47 PM

The naked and the nude

by Anonymousreply 307September 14, 2022 12:50 PM

I'm in!

by Anonymousreply 308September 14, 2022 12:54 PM

Great if you have a sleazy senior citizen fetish.

by Anonymousreply 309September 14, 2022 5:56 PM

r309 Trying a new shtick after the dozens of posts on this thread about STDs?

by Anonymousreply 310September 14, 2022 6:04 PM

Does his hubby Ben have an actual profession besides backup photographer/occasional model?

by Anonymousreply 311September 14, 2022 6:07 PM

The Data Lounge troll farm must always punish gay men for being gay. Tiresome.

by Anonymousreply 312September 14, 2022 8:16 PM

Not by Tom, it’s actually tribute shot

The Tom Bianchi Gay Aesthetics is real

@thuusspakezarathustra

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by Anonymousreply 313September 14, 2022 8:57 PM

^ a tribute shot

by Anonymousreply 314September 14, 2022 8:58 PM

Another one with the Bianchi look and feel

@robertandycoombs_

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by Anonymousreply 315September 14, 2022 9:11 PM

R315. LOL. Not even close.

by Anonymousreply 316September 15, 2022 12:26 AM

R316: they imitate his style, minus the beefcake, which I guess it’s kinda subversive in its own way

Here’s another one by @osc.hernandez

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by Anonymousreply 317September 15, 2022 1:42 AM

Stop with the hideous imitators. They only confirm Bianchi is a real artist.

by Anonymousreply 318September 15, 2022 1:44 AM

R318: that’s precisely the point of showing these ‘imitators’, in order to highlight Bianchi’s influence over these younger people

This is a swim campaign in 2022, again done in the Bianchi style

@fang.nyc

PS; and stop telling people what not to post. These pictures are relevant to Bianchi’s aesthetic and should be discussed on a thread devoted to his work

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by Anonymousreply 319September 15, 2022 1:49 AM

Stalking isn't a good hobby for the elderly R310 try knitting I heard caftans are popular.

by Anonymousreply 320September 15, 2022 6:01 AM

The Real Article

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by Anonymousreply 321September 15, 2022 8:54 AM

Functional Tool

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by Anonymousreply 322September 15, 2022 8:54 AM

The More the Mary-er

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by Anonymousreply 323September 15, 2022 9:01 AM

R323 They all look like weathered saddlebags.

by Anonymousreply 324September 15, 2022 11:18 AM

R324 Why don't you stay in the hundreds of threads about barely legal twinks, then?

by Anonymousreply 325September 15, 2022 11:21 AM

R325 I'm sorry you look like a weathered saddlebag.

by Anonymousreply 326September 15, 2022 11:23 AM

^ LOL.

Granted there's only so many ways to photograph a naked man but it's always the same thing, the same set up, the same angles, the same fuck the photographer, the same spunk everywhere (well, less everywhere given you don't shoot as far as you age.) Bianchi pottering around with his big dick hanging out of his thong. Does helping him back to his feet ever kill the vibe? Don't they ever get bored of living in that hypersexualized environment?

More than anything, pity the cleaning lady.

by Anonymousreply 327September 15, 2022 12:45 PM

Cleaning boy

by Anonymousreply 328September 15, 2022 12:50 PM

What has to be wrong with your eyes to think that guy resembles Rami Malek?

by Anonymousreply 329September 15, 2022 12:56 PM

R320

Ageism isn't that appealing either.

by Anonymousreply 330September 15, 2022 12:57 PM

Isn't he also supposed to be an awful human being anyway?

by Anonymousreply 331September 15, 2022 1:08 PM

I don't know her

by Anonymousreply 332September 15, 2022 3:14 PM

Multitasking

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by Anonymousreply 333September 15, 2022 4:20 PM

Composition

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by Anonymousreply 334September 15, 2022 4:21 PM

Hubby helps out

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by Anonymousreply 335September 15, 2022 6:38 PM

In 50 years I see he allowed at least one black guy in one of his photos.

by Anonymousreply 336September 15, 2022 6:49 PM

Only because one of his standard white dudes brought him along.

by Anonymousreply 337September 15, 2022 6:59 PM

indeed, she's got a "look"

by Anonymousreply 338September 15, 2022 7:11 PM

The man in the OP is like Michelangelo's David come to life. Is there more of him?

by Anonymousreply 339September 15, 2022 8:44 PM

Tom in his younger days. He worked naked back then, too.

I would be all over that model.

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by Anonymousreply 340September 16, 2022 3:57 AM

Freedom

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by Anonymousreply 341September 16, 2022 4:20 AM

This one is supposed to be Tom’s work, but the ‘aesthetics’ isn’t as clearly hmm enunciated

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by Anonymousreply 342September 16, 2022 4:58 AM

Sluts having fun

by Anonymousreply 343September 16, 2022 1:11 PM

Something less personal

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by Anonymousreply 344September 16, 2022 6:31 PM

Nice looking models

by Anonymousreply 345September 16, 2022 7:04 PM

Shower

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by Anonymousreply 346September 16, 2022 10:28 PM

I wonder how much viagra they are taking.

by Anonymousreply 347September 16, 2022 11:25 PM

I wonder too

by Anonymousreply 348September 17, 2022 12:02 PM

The original short shorts

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by Anonymousreply 349September 17, 2022 3:44 PM

They probably have crates of the stuff R347.

by Anonymousreply 350September 18, 2022 5:00 AM

Handfuls

by Anonymousreply 351September 18, 2022 2:25 PM

those shorts could tell stories

by Anonymousreply 352September 18, 2022 4:25 PM

The Gaze of Desire

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by Anonymousreply 353September 19, 2022 2:31 PM

Is the old guy cranking out new content these days?

by Anonymousreply 354September 19, 2022 2:33 PM

^he ain't cranking out sperm, so that leaves him more time for pictures

by Anonymousreply 355September 19, 2022 2:52 PM

R354: posted on his Instagram, on Aug 4 2022

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by Anonymousreply 356September 19, 2022 3:40 PM

Black is beautiful

by Anonymousreply 357September 20, 2022 12:45 PM

WFH!

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by Anonymousreply 358September 22, 2022 3:10 AM

Whenever I hear the name Tom Bianchi - this is what I think of:

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by Anonymousreply 359September 22, 2022 3:13 AM

Socks

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by Anonymousreply 360October 8, 2022 4:15 PM

Dude gets around.

by Anonymousreply 361October 8, 2022 4:38 PM

Round and around we go

by Anonymousreply 362October 9, 2022 1:15 PM

Handy

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by Anonymousreply 363October 13, 2022 2:48 AM

At swim two boys

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by Anonymousreply 364October 13, 2022 2:48 AM

Too much of a good thing?

by Anonymousreply 365October 13, 2022 1:24 PM

too much is never enough

by Anonymousreply 366October 13, 2022 1:49 PM

Can't this old guy keep it in his pants?

by Anonymousreply 367October 13, 2022 3:46 PM

He can't even keep it in his own house R367.

by Anonymousreply 368October 13, 2022 6:36 PM

Well tanned

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by Anonymousreply 369October 19, 2022 7:41 AM

New work

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by Anonymousreply 370October 26, 2022 3:03 AM

These new guys are prostitutes, right?

by Anonymousreply 371October 26, 2022 8:10 AM

Deed somvone cawl fore model prostitutu?

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by Anonymousreply 372October 26, 2022 8:47 AM

Can you imagine Tom bianchi and Melania in the same room,

“ I think i just found my true soul mate, have you found a soul mate?”

“I hhef pre-nup”

by Anonymousreply 373October 26, 2022 12:47 PM

In the right surroundings, I wouldn't want to keep it in my pants, either.

by Anonymousreply 374October 27, 2022 3:13 AM

This and the FIP book are out of print and I can’t find them anywhere. Help!

by Anonymousreply 375November 5, 2022 5:43 PM

I have this book and I bought it since this thread started.

by Anonymousreply 376November 5, 2022 5:53 PM

R376 how much did you pay? I can’t find 9th for less than $200 now and FIP is up to $2.5k now.

by Anonymousreply 377November 5, 2022 5:55 PM

R377, FIP is on sale on eBay right now for $500. First edition.

by Anonymousreply 378November 5, 2022 5:59 PM

It's not worth $200 unless you know somebody in it.

by Anonymousreply 379November 5, 2022 6:01 PM

R379 it’ll probably go for what the FI book goes for soon since it’s out of print

by Anonymousreply 380November 5, 2022 6:09 PM

R132 was correct, the 9thst book was 30 bucks in the summer now it’s 200

by Anonymousreply 381November 5, 2022 6:19 PM

Fucking inflation

by Anonymousreply 382November 6, 2022 12:57 PM

Great book, just got my copy

by Anonymousreply 383November 14, 2022 12:44 PM

Brad Gooch still looks good.

by Anonymousreply 384November 14, 2022 1:18 PM

Is he still a whore?

by Anonymousreply 385November 15, 2022 3:41 AM

Whorelina

by Anonymousreply 386November 15, 2022 12:45 PM

The actual Polaroid film stock has such a beautiful, dreamy quality that makes these photos memorable to me. I've never seen someone able to recreate it digitally. Everything looks very 'soft' which is hard to do in low res, and the almost purple hue adds a nostalgic, summery vibe. If it wasn't so expensive I'd shoot on it all the time.

by Anonymousreply 387November 17, 2022 11:44 AM

I’m sure the guys’ mouths and holes were nice and soft

by Anonymousreply 388November 17, 2022 12:30 PM

Hot pictures

by Anonymousreply 389November 30, 2022 1:46 PM

I wonder if mister bianchi is having a lovely XMas season

by Anonymousreply 390December 7, 2022 9:44 PM

I wonder if he still knows his name. Not that that would keep him out of the yule log photos.

by Anonymousreply 391December 7, 2022 9:49 PM

He’s no spring chicken

by Anonymousreply 392December 8, 2022 7:29 PM

He's not even a stewing chicken.

by Anonymousreply 393December 8, 2022 8:37 PM

Horny old rooster

by Anonymousreply 394December 10, 2022 1:13 PM

Beautiful photographs

by Anonymousreply 395December 10, 2022 7:07 PM

He seems like a perv.

by Anonymousreply 396December 11, 2022 12:24 PM

He’s just really into finding his soul mate

by Anonymousreply 397December 11, 2022 2:31 PM

Seems like R396?

by Anonymousreply 398December 11, 2022 9:49 PM

I received a copy for Christmas

by Anonymousreply 399December 27, 2022 5:33 PM

Say what you will he’s a talented photographer

by Anonymousreply 400January 16, 2023 2:30 AM

[quote] he’s a talented photographer

He knows how to remove the extraneous.

by Anonymousreply 401January 16, 2023 2:32 AM

Does he still include his own gristled and grizzled body in some photos with the prettyboys, as iif to convince himself we all think he belongs among them?

by Anonymousreply 402January 16, 2023 2:37 AM

He knows how to shoot both the ass AND the cock.

by Anonymousreply 403February 6, 2023 2:07 PM

Warhol loved the poloaroid images for the same reason, the image created by a Polaroid is an improved version of the subject with most of the natural blemishes left out. Wrinkles, scars, freckles, yellowing teeth, removed.

by Anonymousreply 404February 6, 2023 7:30 PM

I used to like Bianchi's work. Now it saddens me.

The mystique is gone.

by Anonymousreply 405February 7, 2023 2:51 PM

The 9th St book is now $300, the FIP book is $1000. Wow!

by Anonymousreply 406February 12, 2023 6:13 PM

Great photographs. Was he well known back in the day?

by Anonymousreply 407February 16, 2023 12:10 AM

I can’t find a copy of either book, are they oop?

by Anonymousreply 408March 20, 2023 4:41 PM

They are oopsie.

by Anonymousreply 409March 21, 2023 2:19 AM

what happened to this book?

by Anonymousreply 410March 22, 2023 2:59 PM

FIP and few other Tom Bianchi books are being flogged for huge sums on eBay and elsewhere. Unless one is so hard up has to have said books *now* I'd wait and bide one's time. Many offering these books are no different than others who believe they have some sort of instant gold mine. If things don't sell they will lower price sooner or later.

Of course one can employ old standard; hit thrifts, book resellers and other usual haunts of second hand goods. You might get lucky.

by Anonymousreply 411March 23, 2023 4:07 AM

R411 didn’t you read the thread about how the thrifts are pilfered now. Lots of the good books end up on eBay.

by Anonymousreply 412March 23, 2023 4:08 AM

Yes, one is aware thrifts are shit today compared to years past, but there are still finds to be had. If you don't go often enough then you'll never know.

It still happens someone is cleaning house and drops off boxes of "stuff" that contain goodies. Not meant to cause offence but best of that comes from those charged with clearing out apartments/homes of deceased persons. Often many don't know nor really care what anything that doesn't have obvious value is worth, it all gets packed up.

Those flogging things on eBay get good amount of stock still from scouring thrifts, estate sales, and so forth. You're job, if up to it, is to beat them at their own game.

by Anonymousreply 413March 23, 2023 4:29 AM

R413 just go where you see a coroner’s van and offer the bereaved to buy their loved one’s possessions?

by Anonymousreply 414March 23, 2023 4:34 AM

R411 the FIP/E9 books were made by a small Italian niche publisher known for only doing one run. They’re collectibles now.

by Anonymousreply 415March 23, 2023 4:49 AM

Soulmates

by Anonymousreply 416April 24, 2023 1:12 AM

How old is Tom?

by Anonymousreply 417June 7, 2023 4:33 PM

Damn this book is $300 now!

by Anonymousreply 418August 2, 2023 12:04 AM

I should have listened to the collector kweens and bought one then, now I can’t find the pines or 9th st book for less than $350, up to $2k. Apparently they were both a very limited print run. I really wanted the 9thst one too.

by Anonymousreply 419September 11, 2023 1:14 AM

Tom just turned 78.

by Anonymousreply 420September 16, 2023 5:57 PM

I suppose he's got so many novel viruses and bacteria swimming around inside him he may survive the end of the world.

by Anonymousreply 421September 16, 2023 5:59 PM

He still kicking… and cummin?

by Anonymousreply 422December 19, 2023 2:16 PM

Who is his current “soulmate”?

by Anonymousreply 423February 4, 2024 3:35 AM
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