For the older Guys and Gals
I have been following the ABDL community for longer than I care to mention, long before the Internet and World Wide Web came into being. The young Guys have it easy, (by comparison) they just log onto the internet, do a google search and they find a wealth of information and resources they can access. (Like this site!) The most important thing they find is that they are not alone in their feelings and desires, this was not the case for those of us born in the 50s and 60s.
When I was growing up in a small backwater southern town there was nothing to let you know that there were others like you out there. This was not something you could look up in the school library, or read about in the paper. It is a very lonely feeling to think you are strange and not know if there are others like you out there. And believe me I felt very alone...
It wasn't until I was in the military and stationed in Long Beach, California that I finally found out that there were others like me out there. It was 1977/78 and being a young curious sailor I decided to go to one of the "adult book stores" to purchase some "reading" material...:-). I had never been in an establishment like this before and I was curious , and a bit afraid. These were not the most welcoming of places, they were dark with all kinds of magazines and sex toys that lined the walls and had movie booths in the back. I had read magazines like Playboy and Penthouse but the magazines in there would make ever a sailor blush...(I did!!!)
That first foray into that den of iniquity could make for a story unto itself, but to make a long story short, it was during that first visit that I noticed a magazine, a news paper really, called Fetish Times. On the cover it had a photo of a guy wearing a diaper!!!
That was my eureka moment... I was NOT the only one out there that liked diapers!!! I can not describe the feelings that went through my mind at that moment, I had not come into the book store looking for diaper material, it was a total accident, I had no idea that such publications even existed. Needless to say I snatched that paper up and from that day forward I searched for other publications that had anything to do with diapers. Over the years I found many, and remember this was before the internet.
Some of the other publications / organizations I found:
Infante press (Seattle)
Diaper Pail fraternity (Later diaper Pail Friends)
So my question for you is; Where/How did you first find out that there were others like you out there before the internet?
Bonus Question... What were your favorite publications?