The photos appear in the following two books:
Affectionate Men: A Photographic History of a Century of Male Couples, 1850-1950 by Russell Bush and Ron Lieberman
Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918 ~ David Deitcher
The slideshow just shows a small portion. I encourage you to purchase them. – Frederick Delius
Affectionate Men Part I & II
A Photographic History of a Century of Male Couples
I found these photos to be both beautiful and profound. The times between 1860 and 1930 men were more free to hold hands, hug, even kiss, without the fear of being riduculed, beaten or labeled.
Regardless if the men pictured here were lovers or friends, the photographs let us all realize that today we live in a society where our emotional freedom and tolerance of others should have moved forward. Instead we seem to be moving backward every day.
In spite of our great and positive leaps in science, medicine and fantastic inventions, as humankind we seem to have taken a rather significant negative leap into a world that is filled with hate and intolerance, one that has lost the innocence, simplicity and joy one feels in experiencing these photographs of a special and more unique time and place. – Frederick Delius