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Two black actors, one in drag, dancing the Cake-Walk in Paris. Photographic postcard, 1903.

Le cake-walk. Dansé au Nouveau Cirque. Les nègres

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

The man in drag wears a long dress with frilly trim and a large bonnet; standing next to a man in stripey jacket and trousers with a top hat and cane. The Cake-Walk was a dance which originated in the United States, apocryphally as a form of entertainment developed by black slaves on cotton plantations in the Deep South. It increased in popularity, and by the turn of the nineteenth century had developed into commercial entertainment that was exported to Europe. It rapidly became a 'dance craze' in Paris, and the catalogued photograph shows two black (American?) performers, both men, one wearing a frilly bonnet and ruffled dress, performing at the Nouveau Cirque (James Gardiner)

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Identifier
8w32r591x
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1903
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Subject(s)
Charles Gregory
Jack Brown
Places
Île-de-France > Paris
Topic(s)
Cakewalk (Dance)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
Language
English
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