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Magazines provided risky outlet of desire for closeted gay men

January 12, 2016
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In the 1940s and 1950s, there existed a group of men who were both excited and fearful when they made the trek to the mailbox every day. "Had the magazine arrived that day? Did the mail carrier suspect anything? What about my wife? Or the......

Mizer compound at center of photographer's empire

January 05, 2016
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When the neighbors watched Delia Mizer and her precocious 5-year-old son Bob move into the Victorian house at 1834 W. 11th St. in Los Angeles in 1927, no one could have predicted just how many people would call the residence......

Death of Mizer's mother led to changes in AMG

December 29, 2015
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It’s easy to overlook Delia Mizer’s role in the early days of Bob Mizer’s career. But any out gay man who was once closeted and living in fear of his parents’ disapproval knows that she was always at the heart of it. Born in 1882,......

Magazine used as sounding board for Mizer's social commentary

December 09, 2015
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True followers of Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” know that the publication was more than just a menagerie of pretty faces and toned bodies – it was a place where the artist could offer his insight into the social and political......

Artist's illustrations breathe life into taboo desires

December 01, 2015
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While his mainstream counterparts in the art world were being trained in some of the world’s finest art institutes and honing their craft in sterile classrooms among the rigidity of academia, the erotic artist known as Rex received his......

Bob Mizer on: Depression

November 27, 2015
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"Depression can occur after heavy eating & is only momentarily relieved by eating. Lack of ambition is brought on by overstuffed gut—Only cure for depression is some sort of accomplishment or achievement. I am obsessed with sense of......

One-time Mizer model killed actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age

November 24, 2015
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Many types of men appeared throughout the pages of Bob Mizer’s "Physique Pictorial" over the years. The former all-American high school athlete. The dedicated bodybuilder. The hoodlum. The ruffian. And at least one killer – a monster,......

Models of color have graced pages of 'Physique Pictorial' since its beginning

November 19, 2015
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Racial diversity has long been displayed in Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” – since the publication’s infancy, in fact. The increasing number of African-American models in the magazine, as well as Mizer’s own notations that......

Oil Fields and Oiled Bodies

October 20, 2015
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We don't know how model Terry Douglas made his way to AMG in the early 1970s for a few early photo sessions, but after moving to Alaska to work in the oil fields for almost 10 years, Terry returned to Los Angeles to become one of the most......

My Buddy, My Buddy, your buddy misses you

October 06, 2015
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Buddies through all the gay days, Buddies when something went wrong; I wait alone through the gray days, Missing your smile and your song. -- Frank Sinatra Popular AMG model Buddy Ault was born in 1961 in Detroit,......

A Follower Asks About Model Richard Reagan

July 11, 2015
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As a model, Richard Reagan displays a self confidence that makes you believe he is among the best on The Beach. He was photographed during one session at the Athletic Model Guild studios. That session probably took......

Stump Keith

June 18, 2015
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We know you've always wanted to ask a question about one of your favorite AMG models. Now you can, with Stump Keith! I'm a volunteer at the Foundation and I love research! You already know the Foundation's......

Whatever Happened to Richard Du Bois?

June 14, 2015
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In the 1950s, Richard Du Bois was one of the most sought after physique models. Dick was born March 4, 1933 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was an excellent swimmer who won many contests as a teenager. He also......

ROUND 'EM UP! MIZER'S COWBOYS ON DISPLAY AT #RAWHIDE EXHIBIT THIS SUMMER

April 04, 2015
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Bob Mizer's captivating representation of 'bad boys' like bikers and hoodlums are a staple of his work -- but he was just as well known for his photographic portrayal of that traditional hero of Americana, the cowboy.Now, the Mizer......

Whatever Happened to Mark Nixon?

April 02, 2015
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Mark Nixon was born William Markley Nixon III in Atlanta, Georgia on October 13, 1936 to William and Betty Nixon. He was attending Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana in 1955 when his photo first appeared in Tomorrow’s......

MIZER'S LEGACY CONTINUES, THANKS TO YOU!

March 24, 2014
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Thank you! We are humbled by your caring and generosity for Bob Mizer and the legacy he left behind. The story of saving Bob Mizer’s vast archive of five decades of photographs began as a labor of love, it became an obsession, and......

Inventorying the Mizer Film Archive

March 11, 2014
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In preparation for the new DVD compilations that we'll be putting together this year with our 2014 Kickstarter fundraiser, our volunteers have started to count. The inventory of almost 200 boxes of film reels has been progressing at a good......

Physique Pictorial in The 1980s

May 14, 2010
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Where it was once a reflection of a lively industry, filled with work from a slew of international contributors, Physique Pictorial had become a one-man show. Gone were the lascivious illustrations from the likes of George Quaintance......

The Real Bob Mizer – An Interview with David Hurles

May 11, 2010
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When I first saw Bob Mizer’s late period color work, it looked to me like the work of an outsider – someone who created great art unintentionally, foolishly stumbling upon something truly provocative. It was so unpolished, so......

The Real Bob Mizer – An Interview with David Hurles

May 11, 2010
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When I first saw Bob Mizer’s late period color work, it looked to me like the work of an outsider – someone who created great art unintentionally, foolishly stumbling upon something truly provocative. It was so unpolished, so......