Wednesday, December 4, 2019

More than Friends

Since the men in these photos are unknown, it's impossible to know if they were gay couples or just "good friends." Most vintage photographs of gay couples were eventually destroyed by horrified family members. For every photo that I may have mistakenly identified as gay, thousands more were burned or torn into pieces to keep a family secret. 

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  1. My great aunt was a blind dressmaker who made wedding dresses for men. Her name was Piccola and she was blind from birth from congenital cataract. She made her own lace and filled and sewed the elaborate wedding trousseaus of the Edwardian era. For men.

    Since she was blind, she could make wedding dresses for men in powerful positions without risking compromising their identity.

    She could be placed on the train at the rural station near her home in the South, then picked up at the station an urban destination such as Chicago then driven to her assignment and never have the slightest idea who she was working for or where their house was. She just made the clothing.

    This gave people in power who might be blackmailed by a sighted seamstress the safety they required.

    It was a very fun and profitable life for her as she even got to be part of some of the elaborate private weddings held behind drawn curtains in stately mansions.

    She was paid enough to allow her to own her own home and live independently. She died passing the blanket on her nursing home bed between her fingers as if sewing.

    She helped many men realize their dream of a white wedding in a era when committed couples had to hide their love away.

    1. That's such a great story, it would make a wonderful film! Thanks so much for sharing!