Western Photography Guild
The deep, clear sky of the American West played as much of a starring role in Don Whitman's photographs as did his male models. One could almost hear the music of Aaron Copland swelling in the background as the hunky giants wrestled and danced along the ridges of the Rockies. For more information, please see the Collector's Notes below. Learn more about Don Whitman's Western Photography Guild and Beefcake-era photography by visiting other sites, reading book reviews and purchasing titles of interest from our Links & Books page.

WPG_33-6 WPG_23-6-20_BillMelby WPG_Series17_No.08

"Mountain Man"
circa 1950s, $950
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
8x10" black & white
Stamped Series33 No. 6

"Bill Melbey"
circa 1950s, $950
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
8x10" black & white
Stamped Series23 No. 6-20
"Jim Peters?"
circa 1950s, $750
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series 17 No. 8

WPG_Series21_No.01 WPG_Series14_No.08 WPG_Series17_No.06

"Conklin Twins"
circa 1950s, $250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 21 No. 1

"Jim Dardanis"
circa 1950s, $950
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series 14 No. 8

"Les Workman"
circa 1950s, $350
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series17 No. 6

WPG_Series12_No.07

"Phil Lambert"
circa 1950s $350
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 12 No. 7

"Steve Wengryn"
circa 1950s $1950
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
Rare format: 11x14" black & white
Stamped Series 12 No. 7

"Keith Lewin"
circa 1950s $1500
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
8x10" black & white
Stamped Series 12 No. 7


WPG_Series11_No.11a WPG_Series24_No.09 WPG_Series13_No.06-07

"Wrestlers"
circa 1950, $175
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 11 No 11

"Jim Drinkward"
circa 1950s
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
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"Pat Burnham & Owens"
circa 1950s, $250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 13 No. 06-07


"Pat Burnham & Owens"
circa 1950s, $350
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 13 No. 06-04

"Conklin Twins"
circa 1950s, $250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
4x5" black & white
Stamped Series 17 No. 03-12

"Larry Scott Flexing"
circa 1950, $1250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
8X10" black & white
Stamped 54-06


"Paul Labriola & Harold Alducci"
set of 3, $3000

"Paul Labriola &
Harold Alducci #1"
circa 1950s $1250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series 21 No 12

"Paul Labriola &
Harold Alducci #2"
circa 1950s $1250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series 21 10-5

"Paul Labriola &
Harold Alducci #3"
circa 1950s $1250
Don Whitman
Western Photography Guild
5½x7" black & white
Stamped Series 21 10-3


Collectors Notes:
These are the most common Western Photography Guild stamps beginning at the top with the earliest and continuing cronologically down the page. Note that one can date a WPG photograph according to the changes in zip code standards. The earliest stamp had no zip code, followed by the single-digit code introduced in 1943, and finally the five-digit zip code introduced in 1963. The earliest stamps also included the words "Series" and "No." in the numbers, and sometimes included the name of the series, such as the "Wrestling Series" below.
Click here to see the complete list of Collector's Notes or return to the top of the page.

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