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[Archive of a Male Beautician]

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[Archive of a Male Beautician]

850.00

More images of contents are available upon request. A substantial, often cheeky archive of photography and ephemera documenting the beauty salons owned and operated by a James "Mr. James" McIntyre of Toledo, Ohio. Heavy on vernacular snapshots, the images capture day-to-day at the shop, it's often ribald holiday parties, publicity photos for the various staff beauticians, etc... it also includes dozens of ephemeral articles mostly of newspaper advertisements and proofs, also include a few licenses of McIntyre's, etc... Highlights include a group of 6 Kodachrome enlargements on an unusual, glossy paper stock, provocative views of the shop's holiday parties, many named images of shop staff, etc...

A male-owned and run beauty shop at mid-Century appears to have been an uncommon enterprise. The ever-changing staff seems to have been majority male as well, and while 3 included reels of 8mm home movie footage of McIntyre's (with a few minutes of shop footage, mostly of its holiday parties) suggest he was married to a woman and with at least 2 children, his and the male employees' publicity photos project an image which must have been culturally emasculating for a working, family man in 1950's-60's Toledo. While any assumptions about those captured here are tenuous at best, this is indeed a rich and deeply engaging, pre-Stonewall archive of an industry and vocation prominent in American gay male culture. 

[Health and Beauty] . [Archive of a Male Beautician]. Toledo, Ohio: ca. 1950's-1960's. 61 photographs (42 snapshots ; 19 enlargements) ; 10 photographic negatives ; about 25 newspaper clippings and layout proofs ; 3 approximately 50' reels of 8mm color movie film. Majority of contents loose, balance mounted to rectos and versos of 8 loose brown paper scrapbook leaves (original album perished). Some occasional, mild handling wear. Overall a well preserved group. About very good.

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More images of contents are available upon request. A substantial, often cheeky archive of photography and ephemera documenting the beauty salons owned and operated by a James "Mr. James" McIntyre of Toledo, Ohio. Heavy on vernacular snapshots, the images capture day-to-day at the shop, it's often ribald holiday parties, publicity photos for the various staff beauticians, etc... it also includes dozens of ephemeral articles mostly of newspaper advertisements and proofs, also include a few licenses of McIntyre's, etc... Highlights include a group of 6 Kodachrome enlargements on an unusual, glossy paper stock, provocative views of the shop's holiday parties, many named images of shop staff, etc...

A male-owned and run beauty shop at mid-Century appears to have been an uncommon enterprise. The ever-changing staff seems to have been majority male as well, and while 3 included reels of 8mm home movie footage of McIntyre's (with a few minutes of shop footage, mostly of its holiday parties) suggest he was married to a woman and with at least 2 children, his and the male employees' publicity photos project an image which must have been culturally emasculating for a working, family man in 1950's-60's Toledo. While any assumptions about those captured here are tenuous at best, this is indeed a rich and deeply engaging, pre-Stonewall archive of an industry and vocation prominent in American gay male culture. 

[Health and Beauty] . [Archive of a Male Beautician]. Toledo, Ohio: ca. 1950's-1960's. 61 photographs (42 snapshots ; 19 enlargements) ; 10 photographic negatives ; about 25 newspaper clippings and layout proofs ; 3 approximately 50' reels of 8mm color movie film. Majority of contents loose, balance mounted to rectos and versos of 8 loose brown paper scrapbook leaves (original album perished). Some occasional, mild handling wear. Overall a well preserved group. About very good.