Dress-down Friday: Joe Carstairs

Were there an Olympics of butch glamour the other contestants would surely give up and leave in resignation once this vision slouched into the arena holding the standard of Whale Cay aloft. It is, of course, Joe Carstairs, speedboat racer, island despot, louche Lotharia.

I am indebted for this wonderful set of images to the reader posting as butterscotchclouds. Back when I posted some footage of Carstairs racing, said obliging person dug up some more footage of Carstairs which I wasn’t able to view for reasons too yawnsome to go into here. The kindly ’clouds, who also curates the essential gallery of queer visual delights that is Deviates, Inc., subsequently delivered these screen grabs of unutterable cool.

(Lord Tod Wadley, Carstairs’ dapper mascot, will be the subject of his own fashion survey in the fullness of time…)


  1. butterscotchclouds

    Lord Wadley’s day will come!

  2. butterscotchclouds

    Oooh, and then there’s this: http://books.google.com/books?id=I0kEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA66&dq=Carstairs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7jeST7ihEYb89QSC1c3tAw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Carstairs&f=false Found just now while looking for a midnight Lord Tod (sadly missing from this article) fix. The photo of her walking into the library is too majestic to be living on separate pages.

    A follow-up: http://books.google.com/books?id=_0kEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA11&dq=Carstairs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7jeST7ihEYb89QSC1c3tAw&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Carstairs&f=false Controversy!

    • My eye was drawn straight to the admiral drag as well! I’m sure someone commented here about Joe’s resemblance to Alice from The Brady Bunch, which is readily apparent in these pics!

      • butterscotchclouds

        If Alice had legs like Jo’s I would have watched that show a lot more.

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