There is no information as to when this photo was taken, where it was taken, or who these gentlemen were. We can surmise that this photo was proof of a love that in most of the circles of their society had to be kept quiet.
This is a tiny photo measuring 1" x 1.5". A small photo that could be easily hidden in a wallet when it was impossible to display a larger one in a frame in the home.
It's hard to imagine a life where joy and love must be hidden, but if each of us think about it I imagine we can find a time in our life where even in the smallest moment we were outsiders afraid to tell our truth. A life built on lies is wrong both for ourselves and others. We must be kinder to each other.