Item #19952 Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004. Travel Guides LGBTQ.
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004
Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004

Collection of 11 Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Guides and Articles from 1981-2004

LGBTQ, Travel Guides

Archive

[LGBTQ] Early Gay and Lesbian travel guides provided the queer community with a safe resource to meet like-minded people, and serve as historical references for cities and states documenting their own queer histories. Collection of 12 early travel guides and newspapers related to Gay and Lesbian travel, all released between 1981-2004. Damron Guides, or the Damron Address Book, began as a project by Bob Damron who collected a series of gay-friendly bars, hotels and other establishments during his travels. It was the first annual guide to gay and lesbian bars and other directories throughout the US, and later expanded to include Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and other locations. Prior to the guides, Damron published travel articles in several GAY NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES WITH THE HEADLINE "dOING aMERICA." tHE ARTICLES SHOWED HIS WRITING STYLE AND OFFERED AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT SOME OF THE LOCATIONS INCLUDED IN HIS GUIDES. Each book contains a list of queer friendly businesses sectioned by states and cities, along with addresses, phone numbers and footnotes for additional information. A Majority focus on the US dedicating at least 85% of the book to cities and states. Also included are color advertisements for various gay and lesbian businesses, many of which are now closed, making these guides one of the only records for their existence. This collection includes:

[1] Gay Life, Vol. 6 No. 41, 1981. 23 Pages, Measures 8.5" x 11.5". Includes Bob Damron's "Doing America" article on Key West.
[2] Patlar Gazette, Vo. 2 No. 7, 1983. 23 Pages. Measures 8.75" x 11.5". Includes Bob Damron's "Doing America" article on Philadelphia.
[3] Chicago Gay Life: The International Gay Newsleader. Vol. 8 No. 7, July 30, 1982. Chicago: YourStyle Publishers. Includes a list of local Chicago restaurants, bars and hotels that are gay-friendly, documenting a rare history of gay culture where many of the businesses have disappeared.
[4] Damron Address Book, 1995. 660 pages. Measures 3.5" x 6.75". Includes over 8,000 listings on USA, Canada and Mexico, with 600 out of 700 pages dedicated to the 52 states.
[5] Black, Richard D. Gay Mexico: The Definitive Guide to Gay and Lesbian Mexico, 1997. First Edition. 304 pages. Measures 5.5" x 7.5". Includes city by city guide of hotels, bars and other locations.
[6] Damron Women's Traveller, 1997. 528 pages. Measures 3.5" x 6.75". Includes: USA, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean. (About 400 pages on USA locations).
[7] Damron Amsterdam, 1998. First Edition. 175 pages. Measures 4.5" x 4.25". Includes Deatiled maps and tear-out wallet cards, with hundreds of listings.
[8] Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, Second Edition, 1998. 600 Pages. Measures 5" x 9". Includes a city by city breakdown with 67 road maps.
[9] Damron Road Atlas, 7th Edition. 1998. 330 pages. Measures 5.5" x 8.5". Includes USA, Canada and Europe. (About 300 pages on USA locations)
[10] Damron Road Atlas, 9th Edition. 2001. 333 pages. Measures 5.5" x 8.5". Includes USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. (About 300 pages on USA locations)
[11] Damron City Guide, 1st Edition. 2003. 327 pages. Measures 5.5" x 8.5". Includes USA, Canada, Europe, Southern Africa, Australia. (About 300 pages on USA locations)
[12] Damron Accommodations, 8th Edition. 2004. 600 Pages. Measures 5.5" x 8.5". Includes USA, Europe and other cities around the world. (About 500 pages on USA locations)

Damron's books and other gay travel guides were seen as essential travel companions for early road trips for queer explorers, ensuring both safety and fun. Similarities have been drawn between Damron’s travel guides and the Victor Hugo Green published Negro Motorist Green Book, providing safe travel recommendations for Black travelers. All books include iconic vintage advertisements, color maps of cities, key destinations and other helpful travel tips. These books are interesting today because they capture locations and places that have long disappeared. All feature vibrant and vintage covers and are in very good condition.

Item #19952

Price: $850.00