Assorted Early Publications
from Outside of Texas

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and, many images are "behind" the others...
And, check this reference, the NYPL list of LGBT Publications

Mostly 1960s / 1970s

The year 1964 saw four coloring or illustrated "books" seek out the new gay market, and three of them were published by Guild Press. Though real credits were not given, they were written by George Haimsohn (playwright for Dames at Sea). Haimsohn wrote multiple books under a number of names, including Alexander Goodman. He both wrote and illustrated "Modern Fairy Tales," and he wrote the other two, with illustrations by prolific artist Etienne (Dom Orejudos). Besides Guild Press, the other publishing powerhouse on the scene was DSI Publishing, and my thinking is they saw The Gay Coloring Book and then spent a half hour putting together the very poorly done Vagabond Coloring Book.

Gay Coloring Book -- My Trip Around the World -- Modern Fairy Tales
Vagabond Coloring Book

Gay Coloring Book, 1964, Guild Press, no credits given, PDF

My Trip Around the World, 1964, Guild Press, no credits given, PDF
(courtesy Philip Clark)

"Modern Fairy Tales: Autobiography of a Camp" by Peter B Luvvly, Guild Book Service, 1964

Vagabond Coloring Book,
Vagabond Sales, DSI, no author/artist credits
were given, 1964, PDF

Directory 43, 72, 84, 85
Beginner's Guide to Cruising (1964)
Advanced Guide to Cruising (1965)

As Directory 43 is a very rare early gay bar guide, here is the entire 1964 volume. Published by DSI (Directory Services Inc)
See this page for
other years
, and
Directory 72, for books, PDF

for photos:
Directory 84, 5th & 6th Editions, 1963-64, PDF

Directory 85, 1964, PDF
with photos


"Beginner's Guide to Cruising," by George Marshall, 1964,
53 pages; Guild Book Service

"Advanced Guide to Cruising," by George Marshall, 1965,
80 pages, Guild Book Service

pseudonym of
George Henderson

Guild Book Service Catalog (1965-66)
Guild Guides (1964-1978)

Guild Books was one of the leading distributors of gay publications during the 1950s and 1960s. And this guide give an excellent look of what was available in 1965 in the gay marketplace.


Incidentally, this catalog was identical to the 1964-1965 edition, page for page

Guild travel guides were published for selected years through 1978, adding "International" to its title in 1965. It was pocket size, 4 1/4"x7"
See the entire 1964
93-page booklet

See this page for
other years,
Texas sections

Vagabond Catalogs


Published from 1963-67, this catalog enabled the ordering of a wide variety of gay products from DSI (Directory Services Inc, Minneapolis)

Vol 1, 1964, PDF
Jan 1964, PDF
Vol 1-2-3, 1963-64, PDF

Vol 4-5, 1964, PDF

Volume 7, 1965, PDF

Vol 8-9-10, 1966, PDF
Catalog, Nov 65, PDF

DSI Catalog, Winter 1967
Drum Magazine 1964-1969
For much on this history see the book "City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves: Lesbian And Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972" by Mark Stein
First issue was Vol 4 #8, probably a continuation of Janus Society Newsletter numbering. More trivia is that subscription copies
starting with December 1965 contained several full frontal nudes; newsstand copies did not.

Ground breaking in that it was the first publication to try to blend physique features with hard news and articles, sort of a more interesting Mattachine Review, and it became very popular. Put out by the Janus Society by Clark Polak in Philadelphia.

30 issues, Oct 64-Jan 69

Vol 4-8-64, Oct, PDF
Vol 4-9-64, Nov, PDF

Vol 4-10-64, Dec, PDF
Vol 5-01-65, Mar, PDF

Vol 5-2-65, Apr, PDF
Vol 5-3-65, May, PDF

Vol 5-4-65, Jun, PDF
Vol 5-5-65, Jul, PDF

Vol 5-6-65, Aug, PDF
Vol 5-7-65, Sep, PDF

Vol 5-8-65, Oct, PDF
Vol 5-9-65, Nov, PDF

Vol 5-10-65, Dec, PDF
Vol 5-11-66, Jan, PDF

Vol 5-12-66, Feb, PDF
Vol 6-01-66, Mar, PDF

Vol 6-2-66, Apr, PDF
18-19, 66, Sep, PDF

They ran into some rough times and there were no issues between Apr and Sep 66; and Volumes were dropped, replaced with just numbering, with Issues 18-19.

Also with issue 23 they were published by Drum Publishing Company instead of the prior Janus Society of America, no address change.

20, 66, PDF
21, 66, PDF

22, 66, Dec, PDF
23, 67, PDF

24, 67, Mar, PDF
25, 67, Aug, PDF

26, 67, Sep, PDF
27, 67, Oct, PDF

28, 68, Jan, PDF
29, 68, Mar, PDF

30, 68, Dec, PDF
31, 69, Jan, PDF


Financial and government problems continued and there were only 5 issues in 1967, 3 in 1968, before the finale in Jan 1969. He was also in trouble with his gay book business, Trojan Book Service, and after years the Feds finally beat him down and he moved to L.A.

Find a huge chapter on this history in "City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves" by Marc Stein.

Gay BC Book
Go Guys
Classics of the Homosexual Underground (1969)


Another Camp book, from 1966 and by Allen Dennis, illustrations about the camp vernacular, printed in large format, 8 1/2x11"

Winter 1964, PDF
ahead of its time as far
as "gay appeal"

Two Guild Press publications from 1969, very short novels of 60-75 pages each (authors not given) and each with the same introduction editorial essay on "The Meaning and Value of Homosexual Underground Literature"

On the Farm... PDF
A Night in the... PDF

These often show up on eBay. There were about 36 "classics" in the series.

Album 1501, Album 1506 (~1971)
Brevities, 1930s
Pat Rocco's Spree, ~1969-81

Album 1501
Greyhuff, 1970, then reprinted by DSI, circa 1971. There were 8 in this series, 1501-1508, all blank covers. #1501 had the popular Pepsi shirts.
#1501, PDF

#1506, PDF
My copy of this one included the cut-out model shown at the end.

They look innocent, but they're porn

Pat Rocco was an early filmmaker, photographer, entertainer and activist. His SPREE News got attention for his films and other work, published for about 12 years. A few samples can be found at This Link
<< Brevities was a early 1930s tabloid with lots of (homophobic, steretypical) queer coverage. See This Link
on my other site

Physique Pictorial (1951-1990)
Young Adonis, 1963

Physique Pictorial
One of the most successful of this genre. It's even been rebooted, and you can buy a book of every issue, 2600 pages. I on purpose do not collect these and only have a few examples. These were an AMG industry (Athletic Model Guild, Bob Mizer)
The 1964 Movie Calendar is only 2"x3"

1964 Movie Calendar, PDF

Vol 7 #2, Summer 57, PDF

Vol 12 #3, Jan 63, PDF
Vol 17 #1, Jul 68, PDF

Young Adonis
Another AMG project, in color, but only one issue was produced, Feb 1963

I bought both of these as they are shown in the photo above

Young Adonis, Feb 1963, PDF

Physique Pioneers
Brief History of Gay
Gay International (1964-1966)


"Physique Pioneers: The Politics of 1960s Gay Consumer Culture," an excellent 2010 college thesis by David K Johnson, U of S Florida. digs into DSI, Guild and the censorship, 26 pages. I mocked up a cover for it; groundwork for his 2019 book, "Buying Gay."



Brief History of Gay
Canada's First Gay Tabloid

Journal publication by Donald W McLeod gives an excellent telling of this


Gay International
Canada's first gay publication, lasting from 1964 to 1966. Its fascinating history well told to the left. I only have one copy, the next to the last issue, from
June 1965, PDF

TWO - Homosexual Viewpoint in Canada (1964-1966)

Two - The Homosexual Viewpoint in Canada

TWO: Homosexual Viewpoint

Volume 1, 1964
Volume 3, 1964
Volume 4, 1965
Volume 5, 1965
Volume 6, 1965
Volume 7, 1966
Volume 8, 1966
Volume 9, 1966
Volume 10, 1966

NY Mattachine Newsletter-Aug 1969
Whisper Magazine (1960s)
The Gay Cookbook (1965)

NY Mattachine Newsletter for August 1969.

It gives the early contemporary gay coverage of the
Stonewall Riots

Whisper Magazine

Tabloid coverage of Homosexuality in the 1960s
At This Link

Includes Confidential, Vice Squad and a number of others!

The Gay Cookbook
By Chef Lou Rand Hogan 1965

a serious 280-page cookbook with campy flourishes


History article

Homosexual National Classified Directory
Bay Area Reporter (SF, 1971 to present)
Physique Artistry (UK, 1957-1963)


1971 Homosexual National Classified Directory
Good early effort by the Tangent Group to cover all categories of gay life nationally


Bar Area Reporter, 1971+
They have recently digitized their holdings, found at
This Link


Physique Artistry
Published in London, 1957-1963, heavily associated with photographer Lon

Summer 1960, PDF

The Gay Insider (1971)
NYC Gay Scene Guide, 1969
Homosexuals Today - 1956


The Gay Insider (1971)

by John Francis Hunter
More than a Damron's-style listing of bars, it digs in the culture of NYC and a bit beyond, 300 pages of it. Lots of anecdotal commentary, nice phallic cover graphic.


Thanks to Joshua Burford for loan of his copy to scan.

NYC Gay Scene Guide
This NYC travel guide was first issued in 1968, not sure how many were done. A typical bar/bath tourist listing. Of particular interest is a Spring 1969 not-so-glowing listing for the Stonewall Inn.


Homosexuals Today - 1956
By Marvin Cutler, pseudonym of W Dorr Legg, of the One Institute;
written in a very scary time of unimaginable oppression

This page has a link to read the entire book.


Phoenix Society (Kansas City) 1967-1969

Vol 2-4, 6705, PDF
Vol 2-5, 6706, PDF

The Phoenix Society,
for the midwest, was a very early gay organization, and the first for Kansas City. Beginning in 1966 it had its own magazine. The group was active through 1971.

For Texas interest, the paper listed two Dallas orgs, Circle of Friends and Dallas Council of Religion and the Homosexual.

Vol 2-6, 6707, PDF

Vol 2-7, 6708, PDF

Houston got a nice feature on its bars in Vol 2-6, and the short-lived Promethean Society was listed in Vol 3-7, and from other copies I have seen that continued through the end of 1968.

See the Excellent website on the Phoenix Society, a project in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Public History class


Vol 3-7, 6807, PDF
Vol ?, 6902, PDF

Come Out - Gay Liberation Front (1970)

Come Out!

Historic but short-lived newspaper out of NYC, billed as the "first publication of the Gay Liberation Movement",
On the heels of Stonewall it was a riotous time. Supposedly "seasonal," unsure how many issues were done, but I know of 8 plus a Selections volume.

Vol 1-1, Nov 1969, PDF
Vol 1-2, Jan 1970, PDF

Vol 1-3, Apr 1970, PDF
Vol 1-4, Jun 1970, PDF

Vol 1-5, Sep 1970, PDF
Vol 1-7, Dec 1970, PDF

Vol 2-7b, Spr 1971, PDF
Vol 2-8, Winter 1972, PDF

Come Out - Selections,
1970, PDF

Lon of NY Calendar, 1956 & Today's Physique Calendar, 1965
Delmonteque 1955 Calendar
Mars Calendar Boys by Etienne

Alonzo Hanagan, better known as Lon of New York, was a pioneer of male nude photography and his work included a 1956 calendar, PDF

Today's Physique Calendar 1965, PDF

Published by Co-Ed Sports Rendezvous Inc, NYC.
Art by William Maclane

Bob Delmonteque 1955 Calendar, PDF

Etienne, aka Dom Orejudos was an openly gay artist, ballet dancer, and choreographer, best known for his ground-breaking masculine gay male erotica beginning in the 1950s. He contributed a number of "calendar boys" to Mars Magazine, and this run is from Nov 1962 to Feb 1964. (There was no Jan/Feb 1963)


Sisters Magazine (1973)
Women's Music Magazines
Female Impersonation Magazines


Sisters Magazine

A Daughters of Bilitis publication

November 1973, PDF
34 pages, unknown how many issues there were


On This Page of my QMH site there are Many Women's Music mags:

Paid My Dues
Lesbian Tide
Hot Wire
Women's Music Newsletter
Vice Versa


On This Page of my QMH site there are Many mag covers from:

Female Mimics,
Drag Queen,
Female Impersonators, Drag,
and more.

GPU News, Milwaukee (1971-1981)
The Barb (Atlanta, 1974-1977)

Milwaukee's GPU News was an excellent publication, covering news and culture, from 1971 to 1981. The complete run is online at this site.

Gay Entertainment & Travel Magazine...but I like it for the travel sections

See this New Page
on the magazine and its incarnations, over 120 issues

The Barb
aka The Atlanta Barb
Atlanta, monthly
1974 - 1977


Vol 3, #7, Sept 1976,

all online at this link



GAY (1969 - 1974)
Gay Power (1969 - ?)
Gay Scene (1969 - 1981+)


113 Issues of GAY

NEW Section


Gay Power

Editor John Heys
Publisher Joel Fabricant

Vol 1 #3, 1969, PDF

Vol 1 #10, Feb 1970, PDF

Vol 1 #19, 1970 PDF

Vol 1 #20-#21 1970 PDF


Gay Scene

Intellectual Homophile Monthly
Editor Bruce King

how long did it last?

Vol 5 #7, Dec 1974, PDF

David Magazine (Jacksonville, FL, mainly 1970-1974)

David Magazine
Published monthly out of Jacksonville, FL, with good coverage of the whole South, including Houston. Main series was from Dec 1970 thru Nov 1973; though it did publish as Little David (5.5x8.5") in 1974. A mixture of erotic photos, and articles on Broadway, Hollywood, drag, stories, and very Etc.

Vol 3-09-73, PDF
Vol 3-12-74, PDF
Vol 3-01-73, PDF

Vol 3-3-73, PDF
Vol 3-4-73, PDF
Vol 3-1-7212, PDF

This PDF compiles Houston coverage including Feb 1972, Apr 1972, Jun 1972, Oct 1972, Oct 1973, and Nov 1973 issues
Early Louisiana Publications, 1981
Q-Notes (Charlotte, NC, 1983-2006)
Jay Little Essay

The Alternative
Times of Louisiana

I acquired these two and they are too good not to make available, both from July 1981. They are The Alternative, Vol 1 #3, from Baton Rouge, PDF; and the Times of Louisiana, Vol 1, #5, from Lafayette, PDF.



Long-running publication out of Charlotte, from 1983 until 2016

Archives Digital Link

Jay Little's 1950s underground gay novels were surprise best sellers, but I want to link you to a Superb essay on the author by Brooks Peters, PDF

Charlotte Free Press (NC)(1975 -1977)
Pink Trash (1977) formerly Free Press
Our South (Charlotte, NC, 1981 +?)

Charlotte Free Press

Published by John and Robert Freese

1-17-11/17/75, PDF

1-21-01/12/76, PDF

1-26-03/22/76, PDF

2-2-4/19/76, PDF


Pink Trash

Excellent Charlotte NC magazine. At left is Sept 1977 (Vol 3 #10)

The publisher of Free Press, R Freese, tried to convert it to a pay publication, which failed quickly. Unknown if any issues after or before this one. It used same numbering as the Free Press.

Our South
Regional Entertainment Guide, Charlotte NC
This issue said it was biweekly, and no staff names were given

unsure how long it lasted, but this copy, Vol 1 #3, is from December 1981

Our Own Community Press (1976-1998)
The Paper (1981)
Alabama Forum (1981-2002)

Our Own Community Press
Norfolk, VA, 1976-1998

I was actually Editor of OO during 1979 and of course there were a number of editors. All copies can be found at Old Dominion University Libraries

Vol 1-1, Feb 1981, PDF

The Paper
Norfolk, VA, 1981,
about 8 known issues
Publiaher Gary Hankins,
who was Editor of Our Own, and then suddenly resigned to start his own paper, stabbing OO in the back. A lack of ethics ruled the undertaking.
All copies can be found at Old Dominion University Libraries

Alabama Forum

1981 -2002
Birmingham, AL

Issues can be read at
University of Alabama



The Front Page (1979-2006)

The Front Page
Raleigh, NC, 1979-2006

Founded by Jim Baxter, devoted to gay and lesbian issues in North and South Carolina. It merged with Q-Notes in 2006.

I understand Duke U has all copies on microfilm, though that doesn't do any good unless you are there...
through these years the paper went from 12 to 32 pages

Vol 2-6-8106, PDF

Vol 3-3-022382, PDF
Vol 3-6-041382, PDF

Vol 4-1-011183, PDF
Vol 4-11-072883, PDF

Vol 6-10-060485, PDF
Vol 9-12-070588, PDF

Vol 10-13-071889, PDF
Vol 15-18-093094, PDF

Female Impersonation (1971)
Southeastern Conference LGM 1981

Female Impersonation
Avery Willard, 1971

See Link

One of the first books documenting the history and performers



Southeastern Conference of Lesbians & Gay Men,
April 1981

This was the 6th conference, under the auspices of the Caroline Gay Association


The 1979 conference was held in Chapel Hill, NC


The Homosexual Handbook
Transvestism Today (1960)
"The Homosexual Handbook," by Angelo d'Arcangelo, 1968.
real name: Josef Bush

Yes, there are the obvious jokes: Gee, there was a Handbook? I had to learn it on the streets!

But this was a real book, 275 pages, printed in several editions. Check out the chapter on the not-yet iconic Stonewall Inn. PDF

Transvestism Today by Edward Poldolsky & Carlson Wade, 1960

Early and rare book on the subject


Life Magazine, 6/26/64
Gay Community News (Boston, 1973-1999)

Life Magazine

The landmark article "Homosexuality in America." 15-pages


Gay Community News

One of the best gay papers, and these two editions have Texas articles

GCN-12/19/81, PDF
GCN- 05/07/89, PDF

Kenneth Marlowe Cartoon Books
March on Washington Programs
Kenneth Marlowe
(see bio page) is mostly known for his "Mr Madame" and related books, but he also released two cartoon books, both in 1966....about his Gay and Delicate Worlds. Link

March on Washington

October 14, 1979, PDF
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

October 11, 1987, PDF
8 1/2" x 11"

April 25, 1993, PDF
8 1/2" x 11"

History of the Marches, per OutSmart, 2000

This copy courtesy Deborah Bell

Continue to Assorted Publications, 1992+
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