Detailing the history of the Leather Archives & Museum, the only
bricks-and-mortar archive to be solely dedicated to the collection,
preservation, and display of leather histories, this chapter takes a cue
from Michel Foucault’s habit for reading archives on the diagonal, using the
hanky code, a color-coded sexual signaling system developed in the 1970s, as
an organizing principle for apprehending the social lifeways of gay and
lesbian leatherfolks. By choosing yellow as a focal point in unspooling
leather histories—a color whose relation to golden showers, or the erotics
of pissing, remains consistent across the many historical iterations of the
hanky code— the depth and breadth of the institution’s collections are put
into coordination with the constellated visual and material cultures of gay
and lesbian leather communities.
In this chapter, the author, through a family history, speaks of how forced exile persists through generations. He narrates the series of events that took place after he left England and moved to United States, including the catastrophic failures of nuclear reactors. The discussion largely focuses on the incidence of cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity in England, and the impact it had on Anglo-American relations. The author also showcases the differences between English and American cultures.
In this chapter, the author discusses the cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s. The city of the 1920s is often referred to as 'Mr Eastman's town'. Economically, the first three decades of the twentieth century had been described as Rochester's golden age, and the centrality of Eastman-Kodak to the city's prosperity had important cultural consequences. The establishment by George Eastman of the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre in 1922 was the single most important event marking the 'end of provincialism'. The 'Rochester Renaissance' owed a lot to Eastman's wealth and philanthropy .
In this chapter, the author explains the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War. The 'internment of aliens' is a peculiar and rather hysterical measure taken by the British government after Dunkirk. The author describes his father as an alien. He is alien to Britain and to English culture. He came to Britain from Germany in February 1938, was a class C 'enemy alien' (recognised as a genuine refugee, and officially designated a 'friendly' enemy alien). The classifications were made by wartime tribunals set up in Britain in 1939.