Wednesday, October 24, 2012

1953: Ritchie Cunningham's gay buds on the down low

1953: The first James Bond novel and the first issue of Playboy were published. Unions were growing, and the average house cost $9,950, a car $1650 and the first color TVs $1,175.
     It was the McCarthy era, when gay people were considered security risks and it wasn't safe to take a photo of you and your boyfriend to the drugstore to be developed.
     But there were photobooths... Via Buzzfeed comes this nifty evidence of gay ingenuity from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives:

Or they could have borrowed one of those new Polaroids from a funny uncle. (The first model, the 95, was made from 1948 to 1953.)

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