It's important, since I'm scoring Vintage Physique Photography so high (95 out of 100 possible points), to note that this review is 100% unbiased and objective...neither myself nor VGMH receive any money for writing this review or for any clicks to their site. With that out of the way, I've wanted to review Vintage Physique Photography (VPP) for some time now, because of the good things I've read about it. In my opinion, VPP is pretty impressive for anyone that is a male fitness/male sexuality history buff:
"...Very little is being done these days to make sure the history of physique photography is preserved in a way that will allow mass numbers of people to view its details. Photographs and magazines are thrown out by startled heirs, images on film are fading and being destroyed, or collectors keep their treasures locked away for no one else to see. Many times these brave individuals had their property raided by right-wing law enforcement and endured further threats, fines and sometimes even prison sentences. It would be a crime to let those who contributed material during this important period be forgotten. This web site will serve to preserve and present their work to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection."
VPP includes three types of media; 1)Vintage magazines (photos); 2) Old movies; and 3) Paper advertising products (ads and stories intended for a male audience). This media is then further categorized as; 1) Fitness/physique; 2) Male nudes; and 3) Hardcore male smut.
The style of the site is straightforward, with a consistent feel and appearance. Forget about seeing fancy symbols, icons, photos or dancing fire graphics on the menu/navigation pages…the main menu page is simply there to get you to the content you want to see…and it delivers very nicely. Tim is to be commended for undertaking the task of developing the database system on the site. Click on a menu or particular item and you go right there (this is what is supposed to happen at all sites, however many have broken links and things that just don’t work, so it’s shouldn’t be taken for granted). VPP has buttons on every page to take you back "home" so you can't get lost (some sites launch new browser windows and you cannot back out of them: again not a problem here). Places where viewers are expected to click for actions are obvious, and a change in font color helps track where members have already been.
In summary, if you're interested in the vintage male, then Vintage Physique Photography is definitely worth looking at. Customer service also seems to be very good...when I contacted Webmaster Tim via email, he always responded in less than 24 hours. With all online activities, I always recommend getting answers to any questions you might have beforehand. Images are from the Vintage Physique Photography site and used with permission.