RAMROD poster/print by Hawk, circa 1990s

Ramrod Poster - Raul Cornier.jpeg

Title

RAMROD poster/print by Hawk, circa 1990s

Date

circa 1990s

Description

Who made this?

Hawk, for The Ramrod bar in Boston

Where was it made or acquired?

Created circa 1990s, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired circa 2010s

Story

I purchased this poster on eBay in the early 2010s, possibly earlier. I was (and still am) interested in queer BDSM material culture, but I initially purchased the poster as a decorative art piece for my apartment. When I won the bid, I noticed the seller was local. I asked If he was willing to meet in person so that I didn’t have to pay for shipping. We agreed to meet at The Alley, which was his place of employment at the time. When we met, he told me he was a bartender at the Ramrod in the 1990s, and got this poster from his time there. Unfortunately the bartender has since passed away, and I do not recall his name at this time, but I am hoping to find that out again once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. The Ramrod became a regular hangout for me, but I wouldn’t go into the back room, mostly because I was too shy or insecure about my body (dress code was leather or your shirt off, and I didn’t own any leather at the time). Eventually I worked up the nerve. I will never forget my first time in the back room of The Ramrod.

Creator

Hawk

Contributor

Raúl Cornier, Boston, MA, @thesinembargo (Twitter), @thesinembargo (Instagram)

Rights

Copyright restrictions may apply. Visit https://historyproject.omeka.net/rights-and-reproductions for more information and to review The History Project's takedown policy.

Is Part Of

#QueerArchivesAtHome, http://www.historyproject.org/project/QAAH

Date Created

circa 1990s

Citation

Hawk, “RAMROD poster/print by Hawk, circa 1990s,” Documented | Digital Collections of The History Project, accessed July 12, 2020, https://historyproject.omeka.net/items/show/487.

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