Digital Transgender Archive
Harold Chapman and Mark Leslie performing a revue for the Bow Bells. Photographic postcard, 191-.
Harold Chapman and Mark Leslie (Bow Bells)
Harold Chapman in drag is being pointed at by Mark Leslie in black make-up, as both lean on geometric plinths. They were members of the 56th (London) Division concert party, called Bow Bells, which was particularly active on the French front from 1916. This was a particularly well-organized concert party, and in Harold Chapman, shown on this card, they had a star on their hands. He was extremely popular and attractive in drag; all the more surprising for his having a baritone voice. He is seen here wearing a long blonde plaited wig, and extremely elaborate high-laced and -heeled boots of the type popularised by the French revue star Gaby Deslys. His partner Mark Leslie is seen here in black-face and light suit influenced by the music hall star G.H. Elliot ('The Chocolate Coloured Coon')
Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
- Date Issued
1910 to 1919?
- Resource Type
- Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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