Finding Aid to the Pat Milo Physique Photographs Coll2014.123

Michael C. Oliveira
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, California 90007
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Pat Milo Physique photographs
creator: Frisby, Lyle
creator: Milo, Pat
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.123
Physical Description: 4.8 Linear Feet 19 binder boxes 2349 photographic prints
Date (inclusive): circa 1955-1969
Abstract: Physique photographic prints produced Lyle Frisby and Pat Milo. Milo sold photosets through the mail and his images appeared in physique magazines, circa 1955-1969.

Biographical Note

Pat Milo (James Patrick) was born in 1911 into a large, Irish Catholic family. At a young age, he was forced to leave school to help care for his family. On the side, Milo indulged his interest in young men by dabbling in amateur photography. When his father found some of his photographs, he was thrown out of the house and forced to venture out on his own.
He eventually found work as a short-order cook where he met Lyle Frisby. In the early 1950s the two opened a photography studio. The studio quickly failed. Undeterred, Frisby contacted Bruce Bellas (Bruce of Los Angeles), a photographer whose work he admired and wanted to emulate, for advice. Bellas advised him to move to Los Angeles. Frisby moved to Los Angeles, with Milo following a year later. Together, they again opened a storefront studio, Lyle Studio on Naud Street, just blocks from Los Angeles’ Chinatown, circa 1953. Frisby handled the photography and Milo handled the daily business. The store fronted as a commercial photography venture, but Frisby’s primary business was photographing athletic male models for the physique magazines. His earliest known advertisement appears in Physique Pictorial in December 1953. Frisby and Milo sold nude photographs of physique models through mail order, as well as in person at the Naud Street storefront. It was here, circa 1956 or 1957, that Frisby was arrested for obscenity. While Frisby was incarcerated, Milo began taking extension classes at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to improve his photography skills. He met Hollywood photographer George Hurrell at UCLA and developed a similar photographic technique. Frisby experienced a rapid decline in his health during his year-long incarceration, and soon after his release he died.
Milo opened a studio of his own on Vermont Street in Los Angeles, and he began photographing male models under the Milo brand. His photographs began appearing in physique magazines in 1959. He continued selling nude photographs using Lyle Frisby’s mailing list and new clients brought in through advertisements. Over the next decade, he shots dozens of models, garnering respect from many of the models for his atypical “hands-off” approach during their modeling sessions. Although Milo photographed many models, he is perhaps best-known for his photographs of competitive bodybuilder Larry Scott.

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Immediate Source of Acquistion

Photographs aggregated from collections and donations to the archives.

Preferred Citation

[Item, box binder #] Pat Milo Physique Photographs, Coll2014-122, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Henry Benison, Brad Bradley, Steve Fritch, Robert Graves, David Hensley, Christian Morales, and Michael C. Oliveira, November 2014.
Names followed by the comment "questionable," suggest availble sources, but unverified sources. Names followed by the comment "doubtful," suggest no availble source for identification.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Pat Milo physique photographic prints.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Related Materials

Milo of Los Angeles, Studios and Distributors Marketing Materials Collection, Coll2012-170, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Photography of men
Gay erotic photography
Frisby, Lyle
Milo, Pat

box-binder 1

Acres - Baxter undated

List of Models

Ron Acres, Sonny Adams, Al Agar (Al Pogorzelski), Chico Alisio, Carl Ambien, Kip Anders, Dick Andese, Ed Austrian, Chuck Baker, Ray Baker, John Barnes, Miday Barisoff (Mickey), Ed Barrios, Chuck Bateman, Chuck Bateman, Ted Bates, Bert Bauman, Bob Bauman, and Bob Baxter
box-binder 2

Bayless - Behar undated

List of Models

Jerry Bayless and Kip Behar
box-binder 3

Belmonte - Capp undated

List of Models

Lou Belmonte, Robert Bennett, Mike Berg, Bill Bird, Frank Bird, Carl Boudreaux, Walt Bowman, Paul Bradley, Bill Bramlett, Gary Brandenburg, Jack Brazil, Ken Bright, Mike Brook, Richard Brook and Tom Browne, Chris Bryan, Al Buck, and Art Capp
box-binder 4

Carlson - Copeland undated

List of Models

Lou Carlson, Bill Cassiano, Joe Cerda, Billy Chapman, Andy Chavez, Tony Chavez, Cherokee (Everet Lee Jackson), Frank Childers, Tom Cirelli, Jeff Clay, Jack Colbert, Jack Colbert, Jack Colbert, Jack Colbert, Jack Colbert, Jim Collette, Tony Collier (Dick Collier), Dean Cooper (Johnny), and Ray Copeland
box-binder 5

Cornelius - Davidson undated

List of Models

Randy Cornelius, Roger Cote, Mick Cornwell, Tony Cotter (Cliff Cotter), Dave Craig and Bill Murray, Dave Craig, Doug Craig, Rickie Cule, Dale Curry, Lee Curtis, Joe D’Allesandro, Jakie D’Andria, Chuck Darcy, Dan Dailey, and Ed Davidson
box-binder 7

Evans - Gregory undated

List of Models

Don Evans, Wayne Ewing, Wayne Fairlie, Art Felix, Jim Finchley, Fitz, Chester Ford, Don Foster, Barry Fox, Kim Fox, Gino Frank, Bob Frome, Don Fuller, Frank Gardiner, Joey Gaussoin, Joe Genovese, Jim Getty, Art Gilligan, Jim Guissi, Bob Glennon, Ken Goddard, Mario Gonzalez, Nick Goodnick, Dave Gore, Bill Grant, Ray Gregg, and Ron Gregory
box-binder 6

Davidson - Emond undated

List of Models

John Davidson, Jim Dawn, Charlie Day, Shan Daymore, Dan Deal (Don), Frank Deasy, Don Deckman, Chuck Doyle, Dale Diamond, Joe Diaz, Dick Dickerson, Jim Dionne, Mike Divanno, Julian Doe, Henri Dubios (Chris Dickerson), Mike Dunn, Bill Dupre, Dusty, Ed Easterday, Mike Elkins, Sam Ellis, Joe Emmons, and Al Emond
box-binder 8

Hadnagy - Higgins undated

List of Models

James Hadnagy, John Haley, Chuck Hall, Jim Hamilton, Dale Halleck, Morgan Hammond, Monty Hansen, Jim Harrison, Jack Hart, Don Hawksley, Ken Hayward, Tom Heflin, Bob Hellman, Howard Heidettman, Ron Henderson, and Jim Higgins
box-binder 9

Hornbrook - Kizer undated

List of Models

Phil Hornbrook, Phil Hornbrook and Bob Tierney, Paul Ibbetson, Brian Idol (Lance Ingram), Jeff Innes, Joe Irwin, Ed Jackson, Tom January, Jim Jones, Tony Jost, Bob Kapel, Bobby Kennedy, Wally Keza (Wally Kezer), Ron Killian, and Bobby-Joe Kizer
box-binder 11

Montana - Orden undated

List of Models

Juan Montana, Del Morgan (Del Drake), Larry Morton, Willie Moore, Bill Murray, Joe Napoli, Luis Navarro, Chuck Naylor, Mike Nelson, Pat Nesbitt, Jack Newgate, Nick Nichols, Jim Nielsen, Jim Patrick, Roy Nielson, Johnny Nogar, Mike Norton, Arch Ogilvie, and Bob Orden
box-binder 12

O'Rourke - Rival undated

Scope and Contents

Jerry O’Rourke, Sam Osborne, Keith Overton, Richie Parker, Curt Parks, Larry Pearson, Rudie Peeler, Lucky Penrose, Sam Pierre, Dale Porter, Chuck Provencier, Bob Randall, Jim Randall, Sonny Reed, Bob Reggio, Jack Reno, Robert Rex, Don Reynolds, Jim Richards, and Joe Rival
box-binder 13

Rommel - Simmons undated

Scope and Contents

Doug Rommel, Larry Ross, Ed Russell, Tony Sabatino, Emmett Schaeffer, Ray Scheid, Jim Scheller, Bill Schulte, Gary Scott, Larry Scott, Dave Selhime, Larry Selhime, Harry Seton, Johnny Shaffer, Darwin Shannon, Tom Shawn, Ted Shawn, and Richie Simmons
box-binder 15

Swoboda - Walker undated

List of Models

Emil Swoboda, Ray Tenick, Keeny Teran, Richie Thayer, Bob Thompson, Bob Tierney, Kenneth Tisop, Jim Varney, Miguelito Vega, Bob Vernon, Mike Villard, Jack Virgil, Marty Vogel, Don Wagner, and George Walker
box-binder 14

Smith - Switzer undated

List of Models

Avent Smith, Ralph Smith, Tom Smith, Wendell Smith, Walt Soper, Richie Spencer, Joe Spencer, Tony Spencer, Keith Stephan, Ralph Sterling, Ed Stevens, Steve Stevenson (questionable), Jim Stewart, Jack (John) Stone , Bob Storm, Johnny Slumps, Gerald (Jerry) Sullivan, and Bob Switzer
box-binder 18

Unidentified models

box-binder 16

Wall - Woods

List of Models

Al Wall (Al Walls), Bob Wattleton (doubtful), Ted Warren. Larry Webb, Gene Whitlock, Don Whitman, Richie Wigfall, Mike Wilette, Jerry Wilhide, Don Williams (doubtful), Larry Williams (doubtful), Al Wilisch, Ted Wills, Bob Wilson, Jim Wilson, Mike Wilsoh, Max Wolf, and Tom Woods.
box-binder 17

Yardley - Zuberano, unidentified models

List of Models

Max Yardley, Kurt Zertlin (doubtful), Doug Zarbach, Fred Zuberano, and unidentified models
box-binder 19

Unidentified models and slides

List of Models

Photographs of unidentified models. Slides of Chris Andrews, Bob Baxter, Jerry Bayless, Frank Bird, Carl Boudreaux, Bill Cassiano, Joe Cerda, Cherokee, Dean Cooper (doubtful), Roger Cote, Dale Curry, John Davidson, Danny Deal, George, Don Hawksley, Ed Jackson, Tom January, John Manning, Joe Napoli, Jack Newgate, Jim Nielson, Jim Randall, Jack Reno (Jack Renio), Robert Rex, Don Reynolds, Johnny Shaffer, Keith Stephan, Steve Stevenson (doubtful), Ron Wallace, Jim Wilson, and Mike Wilson.
box-binder 10

Lavia - Miller undated

List of Models

Dennis Lavia, Joe Leitel, Don Leone, Tony Lerwyn, Herb Lindsay, Dave Louvier, Chuck Mac Amish, Billy Mahrer, Bob Manners, Jim Manning (John), Marcel, Lew Marshall (Lou), Ricky Martino, Jerry Matson, Don Mayhew, Gil McDonald, Ken Meade, Johnny Menendez, Bob Merrick, and Don Miller