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Lyell Johnson & Fred Groome, music hall performers, one in drag, pose as a bride and a clergyman. Photographic postcard, 191-.

Lyell Johnson & Fred Groome. Tear photo, Southend

Download the full-sized image of Lyell Johnson & Fred Groome, music hall performers, one in drag, pose as a bride and a clergyman. Photographic postcard, 191-.

The bride smiles and the clergyman looks somewhat surprised, looking in the direction of the viewer. Professionally produced publicity card for Lyell Johnson and Fred Groome, circa 1910. An obscure comedy duo, one of the many thousands of variety acts who toured the music halls at the beginning of the twentieth century, when the only entertainment was live. A popular seaside resort near to London such as Southend would have had dozens of music halls and theatres at this time, and by the early years of the twentieth century, drag acts of one sort or another had become standard entertainment

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

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Identifier
nc580n00z
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
1910 to 1919?
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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