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This LJ has gone pretty much inactive, and commenting has been made friends-only because of spam.

You can still PM me.

If you are interested, you can follow men-in-full here (pics only; no meta.)

ETA: Am feeling fine. Hope all is well with everyone!
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It's hard to find pictures of heavy-set hippie men (or women, for that matter) from that era. Leaving aside the question of whether or not people overall weighed less, it seems to me that the hippie aesthetic leaned towards the thin side, and so maybe fat people self-selected themselves out. Also, virtually all the visual records we have came from photojournalists, many of them straight men, who focused on the "cute hippie chicks" and probably overlooked a lot of others in the numerous depictions we have of protests, be-ins, park gatherings, and so on.

Here's one from a San Francisco protest, probably 1968 or 1969, with two heavier men in the center (click to enlarge:)





Since those halcyon days, middle age has crept up on many. So here are some old hippies for you all to enjoy, since a lot of old hippie guys got fat.

Five more, all safe for work )

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From Andrew Sullivan, this Dutch ad which featured a progressively stripping fat man. Unlike Andrew, though, we don't need "reassurance" that he didn't take it to the limit. Because that would have been awesome. Unfortunately the whole theme of the ad is that the viewer *wants* the model to stop stripping.




Three more, probably NSFW if your workplace is prudish. )

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Prince of Wales Albert Edward (later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom)
Portrait by George Frederic Watts (link)



From Slate Magazine:
"In his profligate youth, the English Prince of Wales—Britain's future King Edward VII (he ruled between 1901 and 1910)—was a celebrity in Paris, thanks to his gargantuan appetites for both food and sex. Perpetually availed of champagne and cigars, his girth filled out by five high-protein meals a day, he would receive a standing ovation at the theater whenever he appeared with a beautiful new paramour on his arm.


More under here )

I dunno, he doesn't look that fat to me, but perhaps he was by early 1900s standards. Or maybe the Parisian habitues of the brothels were a bit smaller than their Saxe-Coburg counterpart. And that chair looks like a fantastic idea.

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A reader sent this link to a graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses. This sprawling, dense, linguistic fruitcake of a novel thwarts most people who try to read it. Some make their way through with Spark or Cliff notes. Robert Berry's' graphic novel adaptation, Ulysses Seen not only clarifies the first chapter, but helps us visualize (and thus keep track of) this complicated story.

The first sentence introduces "stately, plump Buck Mulligan," a golden-tongued medical student who seems to exist mostly as a foil to the introspective, melancholic, and oversensitive protagonist Stephen Dedalus. Below the cut are some of the drawings; one is NSFW.

Ulysses Seen: Buck Mulligan (one NSFW) )

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"But a man’s rotundity is nothing if he only gets to the right elevation." Absolutely!

Schuetzen Fest, or Shooting Festival - SFW )

From [livejournal.com profile] progbear, here.


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Apologies to those readers who don't have an LJ account, but I've had to disable anonymous/non-LJ account commenting. It's gotten too tedious to keep picking off the bot-generated spam. If you're reading off the feed, one option is to sign up for an LJ account; another is to leave feedback via my profile page.

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Daughter Laura sent along this character model sheet art for "Juan Borgia" in the recently-released game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. While I don't play myself, I have watched the kids play its predecessor Assassin's Creed 2, as well as a little bit of Brotherhood. AC2 impressed me with its incidental crowd character designs, which included both men and women of varying sizes, including fat people (and some pretty attractive fat men.) Laura, who's played ACB all the way through, tells me that there's even more diversity among the men in that game. Am looking into ways to get still shots from the X-Box 360 version of the game(s).




"Juan Borgia" at a carnival celebration, surrounded by courtesans



(Click to enlarge)


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A ginger Ghost of Christmas Present. Sorry, there's a commercial before the clip:



(link)
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Long-time readers know how much I love the "Ghost of Christmas Present," because so much of him hearkens back to the green spirit of the ancient Yule celebration, so often represented by a fat man. So here's a lovely "Christmas Present" from me to you.




Click to enlarge.
(link)



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"Apostles of Meat," Dario Ortiz, Colombia (b. 1968)
(link)


In Spanish, the title is "Apostilicos de Carne," which could also mean "Apostles of flesh," or "Apostles of the flesh." "Meat" sounds more stark, or like a commodity to be consumed; "carne" has more implication of the sensual and immediate physical reality of flesh. The artist says, "In Antwerp the nicname for Rubens was "The apostle of the flesh". My painting is a personal homage to this great master."

Rubens also masterfully and sympathetically painted aging flesh.

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Detail from Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, c. 1675, Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639–1709)


Two more, SFW )

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"Portrait of a Fat Man," by Master of Flémalle (probably Robert Campin, c. 1375-1444)
Click to enlarge.


The sitter probably was Robert de Masmines, a distinguished Burgundian soldier, identifiable on the basis of a drawing now in Arras. The daring white background is calculated to heighten every aspect of the sitter's jowly, stubbly physiognomy, his ducal ties indicated by the court's characteristic short haircut and fur-trimmed robes. (Web Gallery of Art)

Campin was a very early Dutch Northern Renaissance painter whose crisp, almost hyper-realism evokes manuscript illumination. It's interesting that the man being painted was a soldier. We have this somewhat stereotyped view of the military bearing as buff and youthful, but like the mid-seventeenth century Alessandro del Borro, the paintings provide another side to the story.
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“Bacchus,” by Jan van Dalen (c. 1620-c. 1653, Flemish) 1648 (link)
(click to enlarge)

Two more, both SFW )

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I wish I could give credit for this; I know it's a wedding shot, though.

ETA: It's [livejournal.com profile] eggwards and his husband Chris.




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Artist Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) liked to draw scenes from the late nineteenth century Paris demi-monde.

As individuals mingled in public places of amusement it became more difficult to pigeonhole their places in the social hierarchy. [Forain was] among the first to investigate the beer halls, cabarets, cafe-concerts and dance halls where women and children went out at night, sometimes without being properly escorted by men ...
(link)

I like the sly, half-concealed expression on the woman's face as she glances over to the man on her right. It's as if the artist captured her in the middle of one of those fleeting expressions which reveal underlying feelings.

And who is she, anyway, and what's the significance of that sideways glance? We could assume she's a prostitute or courtesan, but maybe not. As stated above, one of the features of Parisian life at this time was how social categories became increasingly blurred, especially for women. Because a woman sat alone in a restaurant didn't necessarily mean she was a "working woman." Middle-class, "respectable" women in Paris might have assignations at the maisons des rendezvous, or pursue affairs on their own. On the other hand, the man is probably exactly what he seems to be - a prosperous middle-class man hanging out in a Montmartre cafe, most likely open to the attentions of the woman to his side. The difference, though, is the "female gaze" to which she subjects him. And in capturing that brief moment, Forain documents a whole sea-change in cultural history.

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[livejournal.com profile] brancher pointed out this fat centaur t-shirt. (Thanks!) It goes up to size 3X in "unisex," measuring 28" armpit-to-armpit when laid flat. That's generous enough to fit a 56" chest. The length is a bit over 33", which might lead to a bit of belly-peek in those with long torsos. (Unless you're in one of those situations where you *want* a little bit of peekage!) Kudos to the sellers for *having* measurements; a lot of clothiers don't.





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Who would have thought that Isaac M. Singer, the inventor of the Singer sewing machine, was such a handsome man?




by Edward Harrison May (1824-1887), Oil on canvas, 1869 (link)




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Above is 'The Fat Men’ Scene from the film ‘Wait and See’ made at the Nettlefield Studios, Walton on Thames in 1928, featuring London’s "Thirty Fat Men." My guess is that the "Thirty Fat Men" was a fat man's club, which used to be pretty common in the late 19th and even up into the 20th century.



Clubmen circa 1900 have a "Fat Man's Contest





Not just for the turn of the century: Sailors of the USS Irex started one in 1953



ETA: Read about a Fat Man's Ball from earlier.



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I like George Caleb Bingham's 1854 painting "Stump Speaking" (full-size; *very* large) because it shows a wide range of men, both physically and in their stations in life. The crowd has gathered to listen to a local political candidate's speech. The term arose because the speakers would elevate themselves on a sawed-off tree stump so that the onlookers could see and hear them better. Below are some details of men from the crowd (click to enlarge.) The colors are a little different in the full versus smaller segments, because I shot the details myself directly from the painting in the St. Louis Art Museum.












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