Digital Transgender Archive

Photographs found in this collection feature prisoners at San Quentin State Prison in the early 20th century. Male prisoners often cross-dressed as part of performances that were produced by the prisoners themselves. Many of these photographs depict the 20th Annual Field and Track Day at San Quentin sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The event took place in 1933 and consisted of some 29 athletic events, stunts, chorus girls and vaudeville acts performed by prisoners. It was sponsored by Frank G. O'Kane of the Olympic Club. Some 5000 inmates attended.


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