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  1. 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.
  2. Actors in pantomime in Brighton: S. West playing King Robert of Remlaf and H. Taylor in drag as Queen Aggie of Remlaf. Photographic postcard.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Amateur theatricals in Brighton. The Queen was a popular Dame figure in pantomime. Identities of cast members from pencil inscription on verso of print catalogued. Remlaf is a palindrome of Falmer,...
  3. Henri Defreyn in drag as a geisha. Process print after G. Dupont, 19--.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Henri Defreyn performing a parody of Sada Yacco, geisha and actress. The extremely popular Japanese entertainer Sada Yacco had toured the world 1900-1903 and caused a sensation wherever she went. S...
  4. John Lindstrom in drag. Photographic postcard, 19--.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  5. Ralph Mellor in drag. Photographic postcard by L.S. Langfier, 19--.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  6. Reg Wright in drag. Photographic postcard by Dyche, 19--.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  7. Stanley Cooke in drag as Charley's aunt. Photographic postcard, 19-- (?).

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1900 to 1999?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Publicity postcard for Stanley Cook in 'Charley's aunt', the phenomenally successful farce by Brandon Thomas, which broke all theatre records in London when, after its opening in 1893, it ran for 1...
  8. Men on a large stage set. Photographic postcard. 191- - 192-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1929?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A beautiful large chorus group on an ambitiously painted 'neo-classical' stage set with painted pillars, curtains and flats, and a small battleship painted on the 'proscenium arch'. Ten of the perf...
  9. A man dressed in drag as a cowgirl. Photographic postcard, ca. 1915-1920.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1915? to 1920?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A humorous photograph of ca. 1915-1920 taken at the Fancy Dress Studio, Tottenham Court Road, London. A gawky and lantern-jawed 'cowgirl' in a terrible wig poses with a taxidermy horse
  10. A British prisoner-of-war at Krefeld camp, in drag, poses in character. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1918
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Conditions at Krefeld were apparently not too tough for allied POWs if this picture is a guide. Camp entertainment was indeed just that: this very young-looking British serviceman 'Gloria', wears a...
  11. A French prisoner of war acting in an internment camp in Dülmen, performing in drag, wearing a long white dress. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1915 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A man in drag holding a fan, leaning against a plain background. 'Richard', a French prisoner of war at Dülmen Camp in Germany, wearing a delightful and beautifully-made tiered and sequinned frock ...
  12. A man in drag and a man in male clothes looking into each others' eyes. Photographic postcard.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1918?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: An unmarked French-produced postcard, World War I period, showing an unidentified concert party or prisoner-of-war camp theatrical production
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. Jerry Joyce posing in drag. Process print, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1914 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  16. 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...
  17. 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’.
  18. Actors, one in drag, pose as "The Scottish Dons". Photographic postcard, 1915.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1915
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  19. Julian Eltinge in "The fascinating widow" poses for his portrait. Process print, 1915.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1915
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  20. Sailors on H.M.S Dominion, one in bridal drag, conduct a mock wedding on Christmas Day. Photographic postcard, 1915.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1915
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A mock wedding on board H.M.S. Dominion. The bride (in drag) and groom are being married by a man dressed as a teacher (wearing mortar board). They are surrounded by other male crew members. A Chri...
  21. 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...
  22. Two men in drag in a garden: one is handing the other sticks of chewing gum as an alternative to gossip. Colour process print, 1915.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 1, 1915
    Topics: Chewing gum, Female impersonators, Gossip
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: Romantic fantasy and comic postcards, and photographs on gender and masculinity.
  23. A British prisoner of war in drag, performing 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: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The soldier is one of the stars of the Timbertown Follies, Mr. P.R. ("Mollie") MorganHe is dressed up for one of the many revues staged by some of the 1,500 or so members of the First Royal Naval B...
  24. A British prisoner of war in drag, wearing a delicate short dress, leans towards the viewer with his hands on his hips. Photographic postcard by E. Ohle, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: He is wearing a decorative head band and is standing on stage with dark background scenery. Prisoner of war 'Vera' in camp drag in World War I. The camp is not identified, but presumably near the R...
  25. A couple of sailors, one in drag, pose together on stage. 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 is dressed as a nurse and the other man is dressed in Naval Officer's uniform
  26. A couple, one in drag, pose together on stage. Photographic postcard, 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.
  27. A drag pearly queen and her two kings pose for a group portrait. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The pearly queens appear relaxed posing in front of a blank sheet. Possibly a World War I concert party group, but if so subject matter is unusual
  28. A French prisoner of war posing in drag at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus. Photographic postcard by P. Tharan, 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 standing by a table with a vase of flowers. The drag is in the high fashion of 1912: harem pants as influenced by the Russian Ballet and a wide brimmed feather trimmed hat. The ...
  29. A man in drag, poses wearing delicate attire; curled up on a piece of furniture. Photographic postcard, 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.
  30. A man in drag poses wearing delicate attire; curled up on a piece of furniture. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: 'Elaine' has signed this lovely shot of himself in Middle Eastern drag, and dedicated it to 'Dolly'. A member of The Temple Belles concert party in France, World War I. We do not know which unit th...
  31. A man in drag sits pensively on a chair, on the deck of a ship. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The man wears high-laced Jester boots and a headscarf, and could be playing the character of a pirate. Same subject as another photograph (Wellcome Library no. 2043350i)
  32. A man in drag, wearing a large bonnet, leans on a parasol whilst standing in front of a brick building. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Amateur cross dressing. A man dressed in elaborate lady's costume of ca. 1910, grinning broadly in an outdoor setting. European, possibly Belgian
  33. A man in ornate drag sits in a dog-cart and is pulled along the road by a man dressed in Chinese patterned robes and hat. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Private theatricals
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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.
  37. 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...
  38. 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
  39. 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-...
  40. 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
  41. 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...
  42. A Ukrainian prisoner of war performing a dance at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus. Photographic postcard by P. Tharan, 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.
  43. A ventriloquist in drag, known as "Thora ?". Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators, Ventriloquists
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
  44. Actors dressed as a clowns, performing 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: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.
  45. Actors gathered around a man in drag. Photographic postcard by The Fancy Dress Studio, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: A group of men dressed in ragged working clothes gather round a matronly figure in drag as a cook with apron and mob cap. One of the men (third from left) is dressed as the popular music-hall perfo...
  46. Actors performing French theatre at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: Two men are in drag and the other men are wearing smart attire. They are performing a scene on a very elaborate set
  47. Actors performing French theatre at a prisoner of war camp in Cottbus. Photographic postcard, 191-.

     
    Collection: James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
    Institution: Wellcome Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1919?
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Description: The actors pose for a group portrait around a table, some are in drag
  48. Actors performing 'L'idée de Françoise'. Photographic postcard, 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.
  49. Actors sitting in front of an ambulance train, some in drag. Photograph, 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.
  50. Actors, some in drag, performing at a prisoner of war camp in Belgium. Photographic postcard, 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.