Sunday, April 24, 2016

Christian William [Bill] Miller (some more...)

Christian William [Bill] Miller has featured here before. He was a 'bright young thing' transposed from 1920s England to 1940s and 50s America. These photographs are among those that are in the Glenway Wescott papers at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscripts Library at Yale and they have done a fine job digitising those papers and photographs. How own papers and photographs are at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and they have done the internet a service by providing some accurate and basic information about Miller: 

"Christian William Miller was born William Henry Miller on August 7, 1921, in Newark, New Jersey. Miller attended the Franklin School of Professional Arts in New York City from 1938-1941, majoring in advertising design. From 1939-1941 he began his career in design with stints at Datzenbach & Warren, Brunschwig & Fils, and Lord & Taylor. During the years 1942-1946, Miller was enlisted in the United States Maritime Service Coast Guard Reserve. He was assigned to a research project in 1942 by the Air-Sea Agency, helping to design a device to make sea water drinkable. Miller also designed an inflatable chair that is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In May 1951, Miller officially changed his name to Christian William Miller. As an avid photographer and model, Miller moved through the New York gay social scene of the 1940s and 1950s, interacting with noted gay artists."

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