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Tiki Carpenter in drag as "The dancing Australian". Photographic postcard, ca. 1927.

Mr. Tiki Carpenter. "The dancing Australian". Kind wishes Tiki Carpenter, 1927.

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

He is in drag wearing a ballerina costume; posing on stage mid-dance. Arthur Sydney 'Tiki' Carpenter had been a member of the ANZAC forces in World War I and performed with a concert party called The Green Diamonds. After the armistice he joined the 'Smart Set Diggers' (an ex-forces drag troupe similar to the Splinters in the UK), which toured Australia. Tiki appears on the catalogued item in his ballet drag, dance being his speciality. He also toured the UK as a solo act: this publicity photograph from the late 1920s is printed in Leeds, and Tiki is billed as 'The Dancing Australian'

Item Information

James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
1900 to circa 1927?
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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