Photographic prints, slides, and stereo slides, circa 1950-1974, from photographer Bruce Bellas, better known as Bruce of
Los Angeles. Bruce of Los Angeles photographed male bodybuilders beginning in the 1940s and sold his photographs (including
nude images) via mail order until his death in 1974.
Bruce of Los Angeles was a trading name used by photographer Bruce Bellas (b. 1909) to market his photographs of the male
physique. Bellas began photographing male bodybuilders in the 1940s when he moved from Alliance, Nebraska to California. He
quickly gained a reputation in the bodybuilding world and began photographing models in his home on Kensington Road in Long
Beach. Until 1968 postal regulations did not allow frontal male nude pictures to be posted and so he would travel to big cities
with trunks of nude pictures to sell to clients from hotel rooms. He also sold photographs by mail order and was most active
in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition, he published his own magazine, The Male Figure, to further promote his photography. Bellas
continued to photograph the male physique up until his death in 1974. Following his death, Kurt Deitrick continued distributing
Bellas' photographs under the name Kensington Road.
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