Text by
Danny Calvi

The pre-internet age of gay-interest classifieds and mail order is sadly over, but that doesn’t mean we cannot revisit some of those generous offers from the glorious back pages of, say, Blueboy — or In Touch or Numbers or Mandate — magazine. Here we present a selection of ten must-haves from their sticky back pages.

How fascinating to browse the first gay travel destinations, offers of uncensored film processing delivered straight to your P.O. Box, or the services of a couple helpful gay movers at your doorstep. There’s was also a treasure trove of quirky gifts which seemed to suggest a more free and fun-loving age of gaydom, a time before fag rags were overrun by pharmaceutical ads.

Published on 24 August 2012