Illicit gay photobooth kiss would have gotten both of these guys in serious trouble when the photo was taken in 1953
Photobooths were super popular for homosexuals to keep a memento of their relationship when they were first introduced because of their privacy. Getting developed footage of two people of the same gender kissing in 1950 (as well as being caught in any homosexual activity) would have the subjects charged and sentenced to undergo rehabilitation, it could even land them facing jail time.
Until recently, an old, deteriorated collection of no less than one million crime scene photographs rested silently in the nearly forgotten archives of the Los Angeles Police department; spanning 150 years of violence and corruption, these images were only recently discovered by the photographer Merrick Morton, who has restored and salvaged many of the images, which will be exhibited at Paramount Pictures Studios from April 25-27 by Fototeka.
we are the nobody’s. the somebody’s. and the homebody’s. all with one thing in common. the open road. this long stretch of pavement that’s been here longer than we’ve existed. we drive with persistence. a destination. vacation. a lover awaits us. we travel for freedom. we drive for adventure. we see what this world has to offer. my feet on the ground. the sky above me. the way it’s supposed to be. I can’t get enough of this high. driving with stars in my eyes. you have to be crazy to live this life. but it’s the life I’ve waited for. it’s where I belong. driving with no limit. passing nameless. faceless people. we’re the only ones in this moment. who see the opportunity in passing cities. the potential in every sun rise. we drive. with the knowledge we possess. and the freedom of the open road.
Woodstock, 1969 (via)