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Turnabout Publications

Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University
Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
Lili Elbe Archive

This collection contains nine Turnabout Magazines and seven fictional Turnabout Books, published by Abbé de Choisy Press and Wholesale Book Corporation between 1965 and 1969. The magazines consist of articles, fictional stories, photographs, art and literature reviews, and makeup tips. The books, written by Nan Gilbert and Siobhan Fredericks, tell fictional stories about the experiences of crossdressing, particularly focusing on the concept of “petticoat punishment.” One book, titled Transvestite Post-Box, is a compilation of stories submitted by readers about similar issues of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality.