Holyoke, Massachusetts: Scorpio L. C., 1979. First Edition. 4to. stapled wraps. pp. Periodical very good: light wear, four pin holes at tops of all leaves, a few small soil spots to a few pages including verso of rear wrapper; Very good. Also includes: unused sheets of club letterhead, club matchbook, and pin (1.5” diameter). Other items, near fine. Item #23309
Small collection of material from the Scorpio Leather Club ("Scorpio L.C.") in Springfield, MA. Includes fifth issue of their club newsletter (TAILS OF SCORPIO), a Scorpio matchbook, several blank sheets of club letterhead, and a pin from "Sting One" - an event also pictured on the cover of the newsletter. A two-day festival celebrating leather culture, TAILS also includes a sign up form for the event and articles on handballing (aka fisting), the merits of castor oil as a laxative versus other methods, and (somewhat incongruously) money saving tips. Though little information is available about the Scorpio, internal evidence suggests it was well established in the New England gay and leather communities, with notices of reciprocal membership, and ads for other regional clubs. Needless to say (but we shall anyway), an ephemeral collection. OCLC does not locate TAILS. A rare collection documenting a local incarnation of this queer subculture in the years before the AIDS crisis.