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Douglas Byng in drag. Photograph, 1950.

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He is wearing a fluffy outfit, spectacles and styled dark hair; smiling beyond the eye-line of the viewer. A fan photograph of Douglas Byng circa 1950 in one of his numerous cabaret performances, where with the aid of a few props, new characters could be created in a jiffy. He wrote all his own material, including comic songs relying heavily on double-entendre and innuendo of a sexual nature that were considered extremely risqué, and some of which achieved the distinction of being 'banned by the BBC' (James Gardiner)

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

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Item Information:

Identifier
mc87pq484
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1950
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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