Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Behold the Wrestling Team
Two well-muscled choices from Saturday's Vintage Paper fair:
The top card here a Tuck 'Oilette' (hand- tinted card) showing two German wrestlers--ahem-- deep in the throes. (Tuck was a renowned British postcard publisher, best-known for photo portraits of royal family and views of historic English beauty spots. But they seem to have had a side business going in Germany too. In kink.)
Given the subject, I find the image strangely beautiful and arresting---the delicate hand coloring of the knee braces quite extraordinary, likewise the peculiar (watchful? suspicious?) gaze of the fellow in green shorts.
As for the group photo: cheesiness rules. (Someone has penciled 'the wrestling team' on the back.) For some reason these flabby fellows do not inspire confidence. Did they ever win a match? One wonders. Second guy in on the right has a disconcerting resemblance to Anthony Weiner.
Note suspenders in both images. How on earth, while wrestling, to keep everything up? Socks, prehistoric sweat pants, pecker, etc.
Posted by Terry Castle at 12:27 AM