From my personal library: J. D. Mercer. They Walk In Shadow: A Study of Sexual Variations With an Emphasis on the Ambisexual and Homosexual Components and Our Contemporary Sex Laws (New York City: Comet Press, 1959).
Published under a pseudonym by Harrison M. Kleinschmidt (1914–1972), the book analyzes legal approaches to bisexuality and homosexuality and calls for an end to persecution of sexual minorities.
Kleinschmidt was an entrepreneur and activist who invested in gay business in San Francisco and the Bay Area in the 1950s–1960s. He declares himself in the book to be “a self-confessed and self-accepting ambisexual” (the term he uses for bisexual).
The copy in my collection is exceptional for several reasons. A cancel on the title page indicates that it was distributed directly by Kleinschmidt’s firm, Cosmo Book Sales. The end pages feature rubber stamps offering quotes and promotional blurbs.
Stapled to the inside of the front cover is Kleinschmidt’s business card identifying him as co-owner of Adonis Enterprises, which opened the first gay bookstore in the United States in 1966. The Adonis Bookstore later became one of the first gay porn shops in the country.
The most extraordinary detail is the inscripton: "This is special authors / Copy no. 1177 / of [They Walk in Shadow] presented to the Hon. Earle Warren, Jr. / and his father Who are also interested in true / Justice for all American "minorities" / and the people as a whole / by / J. D. Mercer"
Who was Earl Warren Jr.? An attorney based in Sacramento, Calif. And who was his father? Earl Warren Sr. (1891–1974), who was Chief Justice of the United States, a position he held from 1953 to 1969. Several rulings of the Warren Court are recognized as turning points for the advancement of civil rights.
This is the second time that our Coast Guard family has been lucky enough to call San Francisco home. A huge thank you to all of you who have followed my jewelry business from Hawaii to Northern California to Florida and back again! I am grateful for you. ❤️
Practice your pizza. Slows down your speed. Also for stopping.
Day two ended up looking better. Stops and turns. Still beginner though.
The snow was falling pretty hard today. But 2 thermal tops saved the day
#anovafoodnerd photo of the day! @dadfuelbbq keeping steak super simple by giving some tri-tip a 1-hour cook at 130°F / 54.4°C. Before carving this cut up, he gave the beef a blast in a hot pan and then showed off that edge-to-edge medium rare 🥩💯
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Thought for a hot second how great it would be to run over the Golden Gate Bridge but then I remembered how hungover I was from all the wine tasting and how this wind was really messing with my hair. So I went back to the car and fell asleep. Thanks for an incredible weekend @tommymarchant10 . You’re pretty good at organizing trips, you should really consider a career in it. #goldengatebridge#sanfrancisco#napavalley#valentines#weekends