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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
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)
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
- Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1903
- Resource Type
- Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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