1 week ago • Jun 22, 2022
DrWakko • Jun 22, 2022
Old Guard came from the those that started leather clubs back in the late 1940 early 1950. The Old Guard were men who came back from WW2 and missed the comradery of military service. They formed motorcycle groups to start. They then opened clubs like Hellfire and The Eagle. The first three homes of Old Guard and Leather were SF, NY and Chicago. Clubs had a set of rules. From my understanding the most common was the uniform. Tops wore boots, jean, white shirts and leather vests. Bottoms wore boots, jeans, and a leather vest. You had to earn the role as Top everyone started as a bottom.
Women were not allowed into these clubs till the mid 60s. And as a joke a Leatherman out Chicago (I believe) started the hanky code.
Almost all of these Old Guard are dead. A lot of them didn’t make it past the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
Now a day there are few who carry on Old Guard tradition, but they have tweaked it to their own.
For those that want to know more about Leather and Old Guard I suggest checking out the Leather Museum And Archive in Chicago.