A recent study found that some straight guys still think gay guys aren’t masculine; evidently, one male displaying affection towards another male isn’t considered “manly.” But that hasn’t always been the case. Once upon a time, men were much more forthcoming when it came to showing their softer sides.
One of the reasons male friendships were so intense during the 19th and early 20th centuries, is that socialization was largely separated by sex; men spent most their time with other men, women with other women. In the 50s, some psychologists theorized that gender-segregated socialization spurred homosexuality, and as cultural mores changed in general, snapshots of only men together were supplanted by those of coed groups.
Check out these vintage pictures of men from days gone by, displaying sweet man-on-man affection.
GALLERY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF MAN LOVE