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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

Download the full-sized image of McMahon and King, two actors made up as blackface minstrels, with King in drag. Photographic postcard, 191-.

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’.

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Identifier
sq87bt87k
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
1910 to 1919?
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Minstrel music
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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