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Bob Mizer on: Daily Life

February 05, 2016
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Found rat in pool & put him in a cage – -- Bob Mizer, Personal Journal, June 16, 1963...

Bob Mizer on: Your Inviolable Castle

January 22, 2016
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“Even the most timorous feels that if he will stay in his own home and mind his own business, that there at least he will be snug and secure. But there are certain insidious groups at work in our country who don’t agree, rather they......

Pudgy Stockton: Buff Belle of the Beach

January 19, 2016
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Unlike obese men nicknamed ‘Slim’ or tall men nicknamed ‘Shorty,’ Abbye Eville’s nickname in childhood was anything but ironic. The girl who would later become Abbye Stockton earned the nickname ‘Pudgy’ for her rolls of baby......

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,......

Bob Mizer on: His Mother's Death

December 25, 2015
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Mother’s death created quite a jolt for all of us, though we had all expected it. The first few days found me going into tears several times, but adjustment came quickly—without question I now have tremendously greater time open......

From Gangs to Glory – Joe Leitel

December 22, 2015
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Every AMG model had a history or made history, and Joe Leitel was no different. One of the most popular and enduring models at Athletic Model Guild, Joe Leitel was discovered in late 1956 by an AMG talent scout while Joe was buying......

FOCUS ON Photographer Ben McNutt

December 15, 2015
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Ben McNutt is a young photographer who focuses his camera on one of Bob's favorite subjects, wrestling. As a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ben presented his thesis in the form of a photography show that paired his......