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McMahon and King, two actors made up as blackface minstrels, with King in drag. Photographic postcard, 191-.
She ain't a bit like the other girls, this little girl o'mine. McMahon & King
King looks over his shoulder, whilst McMahon in a top hat holds out his finger, pointing. Blackface minstrels (white actors with faces blackened to represent negroes) were a popular form of entertainment in vaudeville shows in the US from the middle of the nineteenth century. By the end of that century such "minstrel shows" were a staple of entertainment all over Europe, particularly in English seaside towns, where 'Nigger minstrels' entertained on pier and beach the length and breadth of the country. However, black-face combined with drag was a rarity. The caption says "She ain't a bit like the other girls…"
Part of James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
- Date Issued
1910 to 1919?
- Resource Type
- Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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