Digital Transgender Archive
Tommie Rose in drag. Photograph, 1948.
Tommie Rose. Debrons Theatrical Photographers. Adelphi Chambers, Fylde Street, Preston
Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
The actor in drag wears heavy make-up and a diaphanous scarf around his styled blonde hair; gazing upwards. A small publicity photograph of Tommie Rose (1916-2004), one of the most successful and respected drag performers to come out of, firstly ENSA, in World War II, and then the series of successful touring revues starring ex-servicemen in drag which ran on into the 1950s. Tommie scored a great personal success in 'Tokyo Express'. This photograph shows him in 'Find the lady', 1948, and gives some idea of how convincing he was as a woman (James Gardiner)
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
- Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1948
- Resource Type
- Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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