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  1. A performer in drag poses on stage wearing a head garment with sprawling feathers. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The man in drag faces the viewer, wearing a thinly-layered dress while holding a flowery prop, in front of a well-painted backdrop. An unidentified drag performer, World War I period. Highly profes...
  2. A performer in drag, wearing a black dress and tiara, leaning on a chair. Photographic postcard by W. Aspden, 1924.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1924
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: He is glancing at the viewer with his body side-on, possibly in a dressing room. 'Bobbie' in comedy drag at Bangor in 1924, photographed by W. Aspden. One of the many drag acts that enjoyed increas...
  3. A performer in drag, wearing a large flowery dress, poses with a cigarette on stage. Photographic postcard, ca. 1908-1910.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1908 to 1910
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The performer is leaning against a small table with a door and curtain in the background. A charming (and almost certainly professional) young man wearing a typical soubrette's outfit, circa 1908-1...
  4. A prisoner of war acting in an internment camp in Dülmen, performing in drag, wearing a white dress and a dark hat. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A man in drag poses in front of a painted leafy background, holding a parasol (?) across his back. A convincing drag act at Dülmen internment camp. The subject 'Launay' is possibly a semi-professio...
  5. A prisoner of war dressed in drag. Photographic postcard by L. Soudan, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.
  6. A prisoner of war in drag, wearing a dress and white cloak, poses mid-movement with arms outstretched. Photographic postcard by Albert Melzer, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The man in drag is wearing small heels and a decorative head garment on stage. Unidentified prisoner of war camp drag. The costume is rather amateurishly produced using expensive materials: silk, m...
  7. A quick-change performer known as "Lanzetta"; inset in many small portraits. Photographic postcard by F. Célis, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A montage of French (?) female impersonator 'Lanzetta', presumably a quick-change artist from the large number (twenty) of female characters making up the composite
  8. A re-enactment of Queen Elizabeth I at Tilbury. Postcard, ca. 1929.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1925 to 1929?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The Queen, in drag, is on horseback in a procession of men. A re-enactment of her speech to the English land forces assembled at Tilbury in preparation for repelling the expected invasion by the Sp...
  9. A sailor called William Mills in drag and in naval uniform. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Unusual World War I period photograph showing Able Seaman William Mills in and out of costume as Lady Poppam. The image of William Mills ain drag appears to have been cutout and placed on a pencil-...
  10. A sailor holds hands with a man in elaborate drag. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1999?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A naval officer holds hand with a man in an exotic dancer's costume. Location unidentified.
  11. A sailor in drag leans on a high stool, in front of patterned scenery. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: He is wearing a plain dress and a hat, whilst leaning on a stool
  12. A sailor in drag on S.S. Caronia. Photograph, 195-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1950 to 1959?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Very convincing amateur drag, mid 1950s.An unidentified merchant seamen on board S.S. Caronia. The Merchant Navy to some degree provided a bolt-hole for many 'obvious' homosexuals in the 1950s, whe...
  13. A sailor in drag sits on the deck of a ship in bright sunlight. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A good-looking and distinctly masculine young sailor sits on a deckchair on the deck of a ship wearing fashionable ladies' clothes of the 1900s. The outfit includes a wide silk skirt, well-made hat...
  14. A sailor in drag, wearing a long coat and hat, sits reading in a garden. Photographic postcard, ca. 1920.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1920
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: 'Gaby', one of many imitators of the French revue star Gaby Deslys, engrossed in reading Jules Vernes' Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, comfortably seated in a deck chair in the garden in ful...
  15. A sailor in drag, wearing a milkmaid costume. Photographic postcard by H.J. Bond, 1906.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1906
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The man in drag is apparently Able Seaman Arthur Roach, a crew member of the H.M.S. Prince of Wales. He poses as a milkmaid behind a wooden fence and in front of a painted background. He is wearin...