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  1. The Battle of the Bette Davis Impersonators

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Doyle, J.D.
    Date: Jul. 28, 2013
    Topics: Female impersonators, Musicians
    Subject: Bette Davis
    Description: In order: Arthur Blake, from "Curtain Time," 1957 TC Jones, from "Himself," 1959 Charles Pierce, from "Live at Bimbos," 1971 Ty Bennett, from "Queen for a Day," circa 1961 Jimmy James, from "T...
  2. Group Portrait of Acts and Athletes

    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Prisoners, Prisons
    Description: Shows several of the vaudeville acts lined up in yard, athletes behind them. Spectators, and guards in background. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin pris...
  3. Two performers on Promenade

    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Prisoners, Prisons
    Description: Shows African American men, one dressed in long dress, moving around yard. Spectators in background. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  4. Two performers posing

    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Prisoners, Prisons
    Description: One clown in hat and long coat, one in tights and hat. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920."
  5. Bessie Bonehill Card

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Male impersonators, Vaudeville
    Subject: Bessie Bonehill
  6. Signed Portrait of Francis Renault

    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: 1929
    Topics: Female impersonators
    Subject: Francis Renault
    Description: Inscription reads "For 'Vitullo' and 'Ulisse,' always your girl. Francis Renault. 1929."
  7. Vesta Tilley in a Blue Outfit

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Clothing, Male impersonators
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  8. The Charles Pierce Show Program

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Music, Plays, Theatre
    Subject: Charles Pierce
  9. Vesta Tilley Smoking

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  10. Vesta Tilley in a Chair

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  11. Miss Vesta Tilley In Khaki

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Army, Clothing, Male impersonators
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  12. If I Am Not Free

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Capitol Records
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Music, Music industry
    Subject: Danny O'Connor
  13. Mask and Gown

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag queens, Theatre shows
    Subject: T.C. Jones
  14. Bobby Marchan: Golden Classics

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Music, Music industry
    Subject: Bobby Marchan
  15. "Fan It!"

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Drag
    Subject: Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
  16. Bobby Marchan: Clown Jewels

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Music, Music industry
    Subject: Bobby Marchan
  17. Joe's De Luxe Club

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1940s
    Topics: Drag queens, Night life, Theatre shows
    Subject: Joe's Deluxe Club, Petite Swanson
  18. Cameo: There's Something About My Baby

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag, Music, Music industry
    Subject: Bobby Marchan
  19. Manish Women

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Femininity, Masculinity
    Subject: J.M. Gates
  20. Fire Records: Look at my Heart

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag, Music, Music industry
    Subject: Bobby Marchan