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Malcolm Scott in character as a "Gibson Girl". Photographic postcard, 1908.

Malcolm Scott as "Gibson Girl". To Miss Broughton from yours sincerely Malcolm Scott.

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Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.

The female impersonator Malcolm Scott (1872-1929), in drag wearing a black dress and holding a fan while gazing at the viewer. Scott's impersonations of famous female figures from history and popular culture were a big draw at major music halls in the days before World War I. His 'homely' appearance made him a good pantomime Dame, but he would also burlesqe some of the great beauties of the day. Here he is copying the pose and figure of Camille Clifford, voluptuous American-Belgian star of 'The Gibson girl', produced in London in 1903: an ugly man burlesquing a woman considered one of the great beauties of the Edwardian era. The print catalogued was sent by Scott to the actress Phyllis Broughton (1862-1926) in 1908

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Item Information:

Identifier
8910jt83g
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1908
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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