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  1. "The Trial of M. D'Eon by a Jury of Matrons" (Frontispiece, The Town and Country Magazine - May, 1771)

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: May 1771
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Gender minorities, Law
    Subject: Chevalier D'Eon, Eonism
    Description: According to the Transas City website: "A very unique item which highlights part of the furore over the gender identity of the Chevalier d’Eon. In May 1771, the Town and Country Magazine of Eng...
  2. Illustration of Mary Jones (1838)

    Collection: Art Works
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: H.R. Robinson
    Date: 1836
    Topics: Arrests, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Theft
    Subject: Mary Jones, Peter Sewally
    Description: Text at the bottom reads: "The Man-Monster, Peter Sewally, alias Mary Jones, &c&c Sentenced 18th June 1336 to 5 years imprisonment at hard labor at Sing Sing, for Grand Larceny Published...
  3. Kunkel's Opera Troupe Listing

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: The Cleveland Leader
    Date: Mar. 17, 1855
    Topics: Dance, Dancers, Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theatre, Theatre groups
    Subject: T.L. Floyd
  4. In Male Attire: Remarkable Career of a Female Who Passed for a Man

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Terra Haute Gazette
    Date: Sep. 20, 1875
    Topics: Androgyny, Arrests, Dance, Female impersonators, Law, Minstrel shows, Music, Police, Theatre, Theatre groups
    Subject: Ella Seigen, John Johnson, St. Leon
  5. Simmon's and Slocum's Minstrels

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: The Evansville Courier
    Date: Feb. 8, 1877
    Topics: Dance, Dancers, Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theatre, Theatre groups
    Subject: W. Henry Rice
  6. Ella Zoyara: Death of the Noted Circus Female Impersonator

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: San Francisco Chronicle
    Date: May 28, 1879
    Topics: Circus, Female impersonators, Theatre, Theatre groups
    Subject: Ella Zoyara, Omar Kingsley
  7. Incidents in Illinois

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Daily Illinois State Journal
    Date: Aug. 12, 1893
    Topics: Female impersonators, Harassment, Police, Social norms, Taboos
  8. Impersonator Willis: Arrest of an Alleged St. Louisman in New York

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: The Republic Bureau
    Date: Feb. 19, 1895
    Topics: Androgyny, Arrests, Clothing, Female impersonators, Gender identity, Police, Social norms, Taboos
    Subject: Charles Willis
  9. Six Years for Harry Mortimer: The Nimble-Fingered Female Impersonator Must Go to Prison

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: The Inter Ocean
    Date: Oct. 19, 1895
    Topics: Appearance, Arrests, Body adornments, Courts, Female impersonators, Police, Sentencing
    Subject: Harry Mortimer
  10. Zelma Rawlston Advertisement

    Collection: Transas City Photographs (Pre-1900)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: 1897
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressing, Entertainers, Male impersonators
    Subject: Leona Lewis, Mademoiselle Ani, Zelma Rawlston
    Description: This Advertisement features three pictures of performers: Zelma Rawlston, Leona Lewis, and Mademoiselle Ani.
  11. A Female Impersonator: Man Disguised in Woman's Apparel Arrested at Austin

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: Dec. 13, 1901
    Topics: Appearance, Arrests, Clothing, Female impersonators, Police, Social norms, Taboos
    Subject: Edgar Edwards
  12. Fooled the Reubens: Coldwater Boys Played Girl at Batavia Dance

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 30, 1903
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Female impersonators, Social norms, Taboos
    Subject: Hal Johnson, James Bowersby
  13. Not Manners of a Lady: Impersonator Wears Frills and Ruffles, but Uses Fists - Is Charged with Attack on Woman

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 18, 1905
    Topics: Arrests, Clothing, Female impersonators, Harassment, Police, Violence
    Subject: Percy Yarick
  14. Shot Female Impersonator: Negro in Woman's Garb Slashes Policemen and Is Killed

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 22, 1908
    Topics: Black people, Clothing, Female impersonators, Mass media, Police, Race relations, Violence
    Subject: George Thompson
  15. 'Silly Kid' Tries to Dupe Sleuths: "Female Impersonator" Objects to Being Arrested by Men Not in Uniform

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: Sep. 18, 1908
    Topics: Actors, Arrests, Courts, Female impersonators, Harassment, Police, Theatre
    Subject: Jean D'Arville