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Characters on the set of a play. Photographic postcard. 191-.

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Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.

Men dressed as policemen, a clown, sailor, officer and a character in drag. A World War One group. The set appears to be a rather rough-looking outdoor one, possibly a military camp. The figure in drag is the young Billie Manders, at this point only a teenager, who went on to become one of the most celebrated female impersonators on the music hall stage in England and Wales throughout the 1920s. Only the seated figure at centre and the Royal Naval Division sailor are in genuine uniform; the others are costumes from the Boer War period.

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Identifier
d791sg455
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
1910 to 1919?
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
World War, 1914-1918
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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