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decadeSo La Cieca was thinking back, what with the end of the oughts and all, and she found herself wondering how has changed in the past ten years. Here’s a screenshot of the site (not yet a blog) circa December 1999, and what nostalgia to think of the days when we still used “frames!” (About the faux-brick background image, perhaps the less said the better.)

For a peek at what the site looked like late in the 20th century, try the Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    You’vE come a long way baby. Happy 2010 -- Excelsior!

  • javier

    Callas tattoo? Wow.

    • mrmyster

      LUV the background!
      I remember, James, oh I remember,
      as we impolitely called it, “The
      Pepto Bismol Journal.”
      H.L.Mencken was green with

  • Will

    I also remember when sites were decorated with spinning wheels and torches that flamed (which might have been appropriate here, actually).

    A very happy Christmas to everyone who gathers at Parterre to celebrate the art form we love, or perhaps to which we are in thrall!

  • Vox

    So enjoyed re-reading Enzo Bordello’s jeune andouille memoire. Thanks.

  • Camille

    Good Times.

    I can still remember the thrill of receiving that Schiaparelli pink thing in the mail.

    To all youse guyz, and the occasional gal, on Parterre —

    “Sappia ognuno di voi chiudere in se —
    una suprema verita d’AMORE!”

    Happy Holidaze.

  • actfive

    What fun to re-read all those “Boy and His Diva” stories! I’ve loved this demented site for over a decade!

  • kashania

    To everyone here on parterre, I give you not a christmas carol, but something even better:

  • Hey guys!

    Have a wonderful holiday all.


  • happy happy joy joy to everyone.

    I remember that version of the site well -- that is when the broadcast chats were really starting to heat up methinks, and I remember being afraid to post there.

  • CruzSF

    Thank heavens for the Wayback Machine. The promise of queer opera talk drew me to Parterre Box in the first place. I do like the comments and reviews from certain boob-focused straight guys, but the queer angle was definitely the original draw.