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When he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1846, aged 17, Isaac Riches had many tattoos including ‘2 men arm in arm’. I wondered what these looked like and where Isaac might have seen pictures of men with arms around each other. Surprisingly few such images survive from Isaac’s time. So here are images I’ve found of men in arms and others depicting male comradeship. Perhaps they tell us something about the expression of masculinity and when it became acceptable for men to embrace in public.

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TWO INTERESTINGLY DRESSED GUYS ARM IN ARM IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

This interesting oversized cabinet card was photographed by L. Grillich in Vienna, Austria. The subjects are two very interesting looking young men. One man is wearing a tuxedo and top hat. He is holding a cane and wearing eyeglasses. The second young man appears to be wearing a formal military uniform. He is holding white…

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A manly hand on shoulder Fashionable young men of the 1850s with checked pants and waistcoats

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Two swaggering academic types share a joke while showing off their...

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'Youth Club' by John Chillingworth Members of a Methodist Sunday School Youth club in Bicester, Oxfordshire, listening to a debate. Picture Post - 5137 - Sunday School Is Different Now - pub. 1950 Love this one! 1950s Teenagers, Male Friendship, Julian Barnes, Youth Club, Teddy Boys, Young People, Sunday School, Pictures, Photography

Members of a Methodist Sunday School Youth club in Bicester,...

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"The Welch Sailor's Mistake or Tars in Conversation" (caricature) - Thomas Rowlandson, Thomas Tegg, George M. Vintage Wall Art, Vintage Walls, Male Friendship, Navy Uniforms, Sailor Outfits, Maritime Museum, Hand Coloring, Caricature, Mistakes

'The Welch Sailor's Mistake or Tars in Conversation' - a rum lot! Thanks @LouiseFalcini

John Leech cartoon from "Punch" satirizing the fashion for dizzying patterns. Their neckties are a bit wild, too. Victorian Men, Victorian Fashion, Gentlemen Wear, Steampunk Costume, Vintage Men, Statue, Mens Fashion, Cartoon, Black And White

John Leech, 'A Most Alarming Swelling' in Punch - real men definitely don't link arms! Thanks @Merrick Burrow

Robert Gibb, 'The Fallen Commerade' It's striking how some of most tender images of men embracing are in war Thanks Male Friendship, Crimean War, Man Images, Napoleonic Wars, See Picture, Battle, Fall, Artwork, Pictures

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Robert Gibb, 'The Fallen Commerade' (1884) It's striking how some of most tender images of men embracing are in war Thanks @TrevBroughton1

In High-Change in Bond Street,—ou—la Politesse du Grande Monde James Gillray caricatured the lack of etiquette in a group of men leering at women and crowding them off a pavement. James Gillray, American Quilt, Get More Followers, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Regency Era, Bond Street, Jane Austen, Etiquette, Cartoon

Only toffs link arms! 'High-change in Bond Street,—ou—la Politesse du Grande Monde', James Gillray 1796 Thanks @HistoryLondon

(What Do We Do On A) Dew-Dew-Dewey Day (Johnson /Tobias, Sherman) - Charles Kaley & His Orchestra, Vocal chorus by Charles Kaley, Columbia 1927 NOTE: Charles. Male Friendship, See Picture, Orchestra, Survival, Straw Hats, Stock Photos, Classic, Day, Movie Posters

Six office workers wearing their straw hats in the rain.

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A group of boys stand in a circle, huddled arm-in-arm, as a young boy. Male Friendship, Young Boys, See Picture, Arms, Middle, Stock Photos, Group, Couple Photos, Pictures

A group of boys stand in a circle, huddled arm-in-arm, as a young boy...

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Jamaican immigrants arriving at Tilbury on board the ex-troopship...

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Coopers at the Ram Brewery, Wandsworth congratulate workmate Ronnie Fordham, who has just completed his seven-year apprenticeship, and the celebrations are part of the traditional trussing ceremony for breweries across Britain. Ram Brewery, Male Friendship, See Picture, Britain, Celebrations, Stock Photos, Traditional, Pictures, Photography

Coopers at the Ram Brewery, Wandsworth congratulate workmate Ronnie...

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