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Western Photography Guild Physique Photographs
Coll2014.124  
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Description
Physique photographic prints produced by Don Whitman and sold through his company the Western Photography Guild (WPG). WPG sold photosets through the mail and his first advertisement appeared in Strength and Health magazine in 1947.
Background
Western Photography Guild was a Denver, Colorado based male physique studio operated by photographer Don Whitman. Prior to serving in World War II, Whitman was a tax accountant and an amateur photographer. During World War II, he served in the Navy, where he met an experienced physique model. The physique model explained the ins-and-outs of the business to Whitman, who decided to capitalize on the business after World War II ended.
Extent
0.8 Linear Feet 3 binder boxes, 718 photographic prints
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.