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  1. Drag contest, Club Alabam

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator: Woods, Clyde
    Date: circa 1945
    Topics: Clubs, Drag, Drag queens, Night life
    Subject: Club Alabam
    Description: Contestants fill the dance floor during a drag contest at Club Alabam, located at 42nd and Central Avenue in Los Angeles, hosted by Bill Hefflin.
  2. Five men dressed as women nabbed in Altadena cafe raid

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: Nov. 1, 1954
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Police raids, Police stations
    Subject: Benny Zubiate, J. Noroy Bramblette, John D'Andrea, Robert W. Stewart, Tom Tuites
  3. Joe Harper party, view 1

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1920
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Parties
    Description: Seven men who are dressed in drag pose together in someone's apartment for an event identified as "Joe Harper's Party."
  4. Joe Harper party, view 2

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1920
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Parties
    Description: A uniformed man (center), who appears to be a police officer, poses with three men who are dressed in drag for an event identified as "Joe Harper's Party." The two men on the far right are covering...
  5. John Waters at Vertigo

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator: Leonard, Gary
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Clubs, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Directors, Night life
    Subject: John Waters, Malcolm Kelso, Vertigo
    Description: Photo of director, John Waters and Vertigo artistic director, Malcolm Kelso, taken inside the Vertigo nightclub.
  6. Men dressed in drag

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: Nov. 1, 1949
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing
    Description: Men festively dressed as women are shown during an unidentified event taking place at 3rd Street and Main in downtown Los Angeles. Photograph dated November 1, 1949.
  7. Men in Costume, Vertigo Nightclub

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Clubs, Drag, Night life
    Subject: Vertigo
    Description: Group of men wearing costumes at Vertigo. The men wear bikini tops, floral skirts and headpieces decorated with various fruits.
  8. Mexican American boy dressed as Carmen Miranda

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1945
    Topics: Children, Crossdressing, Halloween, Mexican American children
    Subject: Carmen Miranda, Jesse Gonzalez
    Description: Jesse Gonzalez dressed as Carmen Miranda for Halloween costume, circa 1945.
  9. Mexican American boy dressed as girl

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1945
    Topics: Children, Crossdressing, Halloween, Mexican American children
    Subject: Gilberto Perez
    Description: Gilberto Perez dressed in Halloween costume, circa 1945.
  10. Nabbed in 'maid' masquerade

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 27, 1950
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Household work, Imprisonment, Police stations
    Subject: Frank Porter, Mary Lee Porter, Queque Malpress, Rita Porter, Tisha Porter, Willie Moore
    Description: Masculine jail clothing was substituted for feminine attire worn by these three youths after they were nabbed early today. They said they had been employed as female domestic servants in fashionabl...
  11. "Nun" showing support for Babs at Academy Awards

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1984
    Topics: Demonstrations, Drag, Nuns
    Subject: Academy Awards, Barbra Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Yentl
    Description: A member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence protests that Barbra Streisand's film "Yentl" was not nominated for major categories for the 56th Academy Awards. The "nun" is holding a collection c...
  12. Policemen dressed as women for a stakeout

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: Oct. 15, 1960
    Topics: Crossdressing, Murders, Police, Police officers, Undercover operations
    Subject: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
    Description: Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's robbery squad are shown dressed as women as part of an operation to catch a purse snatcher who murdered an elderly woman while she was on her way to c...
  13. Posed as a girl

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator: Ballwe, Howard
    Date: Nov. 7, 1944
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Police stations
    Subject: C.L. Knapp, James Barlow, Jeri Ryan
    Description: James Barlow, left, also known as Jeri Ryan, being fingerprinted by C. L. Knapp at city hall police station after he was caught making love to a man in a parked car at 12th Street and Central Avenu...
  14. Posed as girls

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator: Ballew, Howard
    Date: Nov. 7, 1944
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Police stations
    Subject: August Coy, Irene Paston, James Barlow, Jeri Ryan
    Description: James Barlow, left, also known as Jeri Ryan, and August Coy, also known as Irene Paston, at the city hall police station after they were caught making love to two men in a parked car at 12th Street...
  15. Posed as girls

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Los Angeles Public Library
    Creator: Ballew, Howard
    Date: Nov. 7, 1944
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Police stations
    Subject: August Coy, Irene Paston, James Barlow, Jeri Ryan
    Description: Photograph caption dated November 27, 1944 reads, "Nab 2 men dressed in women's clothes. James Barlow, left, and August Coy. Their feminine attire failed to fool the police." Officers found Barlow ...