Twue Historical Facts of the Old Guard™on February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm
The controversy surrounding John D. Weal’s new book, The Leatherman’s Protocol Handbook, highlights the abundance of misinformation about the Old Guard™ circulating in our communities. To set the record straight, here are some Twue facts about the hallowed history of Old Guard™ Leather:
- In the 50s and 60s, gay WWII vets living in San Francisco were drawn together by a shared interest in what would become the foundations of the Leather lifestyle: forming committees.
- Many of the first Leathermen rode motorcycles because they couldn’t afford unicorns, the preferred mount of the Old Guard™.
- Most Old Guard™ Leathermen weren’t interested in BDSM or even sex. That tradition continues today, as most Leather clubs still require their officers to sign abstinence pledges.
- The first Leather clubs had complex rules for how patches and pins were to be arranged on club vests. Though these rules have fallen out of fashion in today’s Leather clubs, they now form the basis for the T.G.I.Friday’s employee handbook.
- Based on the boot impressions found in the layers of petrified Crisco at the Catacombs, archaeologists have concluded that Old Guard™ Leathermen always wore mismatched boots, often in two different sizes.
- As the Old Guard™ was a direct offshoot of the temperance movement, Leathermen never played under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In fact, Leather bars only served water or Kool-Aid.