Slides, tranparencies, negatives, photograph prints, contact sheets, DVDs, CDs and other material, circa 1970-2012, from Falcon
Studios, one of the largest producers of gay erotic film and publications in the United States. The collection includes original
negatives and over 1.5 million slides from Falcon's production files dating back to its earliest productions in the 1970s;
as well as slides and photographs from other production companies it acquired during its 40-year history.
In 1971, Charles Holmes, a salesman from Indiana, was laid off from his job selling aluminum siding. He moved to San Francisco
where he bought some gay erotic films and acquired mailing lists from an acquaintance, Matt Sterling. With these films, as
well as films he produced himself, Holmes formed Falcon Studios in 1972 as a mail order business, selling 10-minute gay erotic
black-and-white short films. Holmes operated Falcon Studios mostly by himself until the mid-1970s when the company grew large
enough for him to hire other directors, producers and contracted models.
421.4 linear feet.
404 boxes + 22 archive cartons + 8 flat archive boxes + 1 archive shoebox.
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