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  1. Tiki Carpenter in drag as "The dancing Australian". Photographic postcard, ca. 1927.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to circa 1927?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  2. An soldier in drag modelling for "The Timbertown Follies" at a prisoner of war camp in Groningen. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A man in drag stands in front of a striped backdrop for "Nash's magazine" at H.M.S Timbertown. The performance is 'The girl on the magazine cover', which refers to one of the George Edwardes produc...
  3. British servicemen in drag acting out a cooking class. Photograph, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910s
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Men in drag behind a long table. with a large fabric backdrop. A British concert party somewhere in the Middle East towards the end of World War I. A crude stage set has been erected on bare earth....
  4. Two British servicemen, one in drag, between shows in Genoa. Photographic postcard, 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: British servicemen Percy Puttick and Jock Anderson at Genoa in 1916. The man in drag is playing a fairy queen and gestures towards the other man, who leans away with his arms crossed. Possibly perf...
  5. Two members of a military concert party pose on stage: one is in drag with a large hat and pigtails. Photographic postcard, 1915-1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1915? to 1916?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The man in drag makes a curtsey whilst holding hands with the other man, as they stand on fabric, in front of folding scenery. Two privates performing with 'The Issues', a concert party attached to...
  6. Three actors performing at a prisoner of war camp in Münster. Photographic postcard, ca. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A character in drag is pleading with (possibly?) her father, whilst being restrained by the other man in drag (the mother?), within domestic scenery. A melodrama being played out on the well-improv...
  7. Members of a military concert party during World War I. Photographic postcard, ca. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.
  8. Julian Eltinge. Process print, 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  9. Julian Eltinge in drag. Process print, ca. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  10. Julian Eltinge in drag wearing crinoline. Process print, ca. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  11. Julian Eltinge in male clothing. Process print, ca. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  12. An man in drag as "Gertie" wearing a checked coat. Photographic postcard, 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A man in drag with dark hair poses for a portrait, which is cropped and smudged. A portrait of 'Gertie', an otherwise unidentified concert party drag performer, dated 1916
  13. Actors performing at a prisoner of war camp in Münster. Photographic postcard. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Many characters, some in drag, are in a crowded scene within the detailed domestic stage set. A melodrama being played out on the well-improvised set of the camp theatre at Münster prisoner of war ...
  14. Actors performing at a prisoner of war camp in Osnabrück. Photographic postcard. 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Belgian prisoners of war performing at Osnabruck Camp on a real photo postcard sent back home to Liege by Lt. Jos. Frenay (presumably one of the subjects). Three of the ten characters backstage are...
  15. Two soldiers, one in drag called "Miss Billy Timmins", are seated in front of a painted backdrop. Photographic postcard, 1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Both gaze out, turning their heads to the side. The man wears evening attire whereas Miss Timmins appears more casually dressed. A concert party behind the lines in France, March 1917. 'The Royal B...
  16. A convalescent soldier (Lance-Corporal R.C. Thomas) poses in drag, wearing a silk dress and sitting with a mourning veil. Photographic postcard, 1916.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1916
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: "The man known as Summerdown Kate was Lance-Corporal R. C. Thomas who was at the Summerdown Convalescent Camp and a member of the camp's entertainment group (the Knuts Kamp Komedy Kompany). He was ...
  17. Three sailors with arms round each other. Photographic postcard, 1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Three sailors, the man in the centre is in drag. A Christmas party on board HMS Royal Oak, soon after she went into service at the Battle of Jutland (31 May and 1 June 1916). The ship was sunk afte...
  18. Fred Hutchings in character; performing on stage. Process print, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  19. French or Belgian prisoners of war, one in drag, performing a scene from "L'anglais tel qu'on le parle" at Friedberg Camp, Germany. Photographic postcard, 1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The men, dressed as different characters, are all looking at the man in drag, who is seated at a table using a telephone. The actors are identified on verso of print catalogued. There are no furthe...
  20. Amateur actors, some in drag, pose on stage in "Gee-Whizz". Photographic postcard, 1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Some men in drag sit under umbrellas, on the laps of other men; as a man in drag is greeted by a gentleman with a top hat. The Europa Concert Party performing a piece entitled 'Gee Whiz'. No record...
  21. British prisoners of war in smart attire performing a show at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus. Photographic postcard by P. Tharan, 1916-1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1916? to 1917?
    Topics: Female impersonators, Seaside resorts
    Description: One actor is in drag, holding a baby, as two other men face the camera. The beach tableau shows a family relaxing on the sands with mother, father, boy wearing an Eton collar and a mortar-board; 'M...
  22. A French prisoner of war in drag acting in an internment camp in Dülmen. Photographic postcard, ca. 1917.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1917
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.
  23. Two actors in drag, performing in character; wearing matching costume. Photograph, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  24. Soldiers watching a revue. Postcard, ca. 1916, after J. Thiriar.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Soldiers, as seen from behind the crowd, watch two soldiers in uniform and a third in drag perform a revue. To left, a brass band. The artwork shows a camp theatre behind the lines in Flanders in 1...
  25. Four British prisoners of war at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus, posing as lovers. Photographic postcard, 191-.

    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1915 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.