Days of the Bath House

From times long passed when everything was under the carpet!
one more Quaintance painting
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Tubstrip with Cal Culver (a.k.a. Casey Donovan) one of gay porn's first superstars. The show, both off-Broadway and on tour, was directed by the great porn director Jerry Douglas.
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One of the most homocentric of all figurative artists, George Bellows, painted this turgid scene of the bathhouse in 1919.
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"I was just lying there in my untucked tunic, have laid my lyre down for a moment, when I heard the faint crackle of footfalls in the distance. Perhaps I had better go for a nude swim." Mid-century ma...
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Swedish painter Eugene Jansson painted young men at the public baths as an almost utopian ideal.
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1970s bathhouse
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1978 poster for the infamous St. Marks Baths
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1592 Girolamo Macchiette's Firenze Baths at Pozzuli. A wee bit more modest, especially the attendants' Peter Pan–style outfits.
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Albrecht Dürer's Nuremburg Bath House, 1496. The bloggers tell us: "It is believed that the figure in the center playing the flute is Dürer himself because he is bearded, with only a risqué codpiece ...
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And Tony Curtis! Don't forget Tony Curtis, for God's sake. Spartacus.
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Sir Laurence Olivier gives John Gavin the big eye in Spartacus.
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Naked attendants washed and massaged the patrons in this Russian bathhouse.
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In Russia at the turn of the last century, there were enormous and luxurious bathhouses for wealthy men. Seen here: the Yegorev brothers' swanky joint.
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The historic ideal, painted by mid-century physique artist Quaintance.
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Tha baths in the Bowery about 1910.
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1950s Times Square
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