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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
  21. Francis & Day's 43rd Annual

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag, Music, Theatre shows
    Subject: The Dumbells
  22. She's A He

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag, Theatre shows
    Subject: Lynne Carter
  23. Michelle "Ready of Not, It's Me!" Program

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Music, Night life, Theatre shows
  24. An Evening With Lynne Carter At Cherry Grove

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1970
    Topics: Drag, Music, Theatre shows
    Subject: Lynne Carter
  25. Show Me A Milkman

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Drag queens, Music, Musicians, Theatre shows
    Subject: Jimmy Callway
  26. Neil Burgess Cigar Tin

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1905
    Topics: Cigar boxes, Female impersonators
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  27. The County Fair

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag queens, Theatre shows
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  28. Let Me Tell About My Operation

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1956
    Topics: Appearance, Drag, Gender realignment surgery, Music
    Subject: Rae Bourbon
  29. Queen for a Day!

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Drag, Music
    Subject: Ty Bennett
  30. Annie Hindle Again A Husband

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 22, 1892
    Topics: Appearance, Female impersonators, Male impersonators, Marriage
    Subject: Annie Hindle, Gilbert Sarony, Louise Spangehal
  31. Annie Hindle (Daily Illinois)

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 22, 1892
    Topics: Male impersonators, Marriage
    Subject: Annie Hindle, Louise Spangehal
  32. A Wedded Puzzle

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 18, 1892
    Topics: Drag kings, Law, Marriage
    Subject: Annie Hindle
  33. Matinee Christmas Day

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Dec. 18, 1872
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theatre shows
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  34. Neil Burgess Is Now Playing The County Fair

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Oct. 18, 1891
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theatre shows
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  35. Neil Burgess (Amusements)

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 7, 1888
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theatre shows
    Subject: Neil Burgess, Vim
  36. Neil Burgess (Week of March 6)

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (Pre 1900)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Mar. 5, 1899
    Topics: Comedy, Female impersonators, Theatre shows, Vaudeville
    Subject: Neil Burgess
  37. There'll Be A Hot Time For The Old Men

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1918
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Elsie White
  38. In The Land Of Wedding Bells

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1917
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Elsie White
  39. The Captain

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians, Vaudeville
    Subject: Ella Wesner
  40. The Famous Song Success of Vesta Tilley

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1903
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  41. In Dear Old England's Name!

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  42. The Last Chap on Earth

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  43. That Mysterious Rag

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1911
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Seeman & Killian, The Tailor Made Girls
  44. The Boys That Mind the Shop

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Bateman, Edgar, Scott, Bennett
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Composers, Drag kings, Music, Singers
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  45. Masculine Women! Feminine Men!

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1925
    Topics: Femininity, Masculinity, Music, Musicians
    Subject: May Beatty
  46. My Dear Little Maid in the Moon

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1896
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Margaret McDonald
  47. Miss Vesta Tilley

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: Norris, Harry
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Vesta Tilley
  48. Ev'ry Little Bit Helps

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1904
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Babe Lund
  49. I've Got The Time – I've Got The Place – But it's Hard to Find the Girl

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1919
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Hetty King
  50. Vesta Tilley's New Songs

    Collection: Sheet Music
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Male impersonators, Music, Musicians
    Subject: Vesta Tilley