Two Belgian soldiers cleaning their uniforms. Colour photographic postcard, 192-.
- [between 1920 and 1929?]
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About this work
Belgian soldiers polishing their kit. In more (homo)sexually aware times, the easy intimate comradeship between men that was commonplace up to the 1950s all but disappeared. Heterosexual men became much less likely to be photographed in any situation that might be interpreted as 'gay'. As a consequence of this change, images from the past reflecting how men could show affection for each other in public without fear of being called names have a particular poignance for gay collectors, and there are many such nostalgically 'innocent' images in their collections (James Gardiner)