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Female impersonator at San Quentin State Prison, Marin County, California, circa 1915

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Female impersonator in Japanese clothes at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1915. San Quentin State Prison opened in 1852 making it California’s oldest prison. Inmate labor built the prison on 20 acres of land in Marin County near San Rafael. This image is from the family album of San Quentin guard, Richard M. Smith, and his wife, the San Quentin matron, Genevieve Smith. Their album, which spans the years 1910-1915, depicts the living conditions and activities of San Quentin inmates.

Item Information:

Identifier
w6634366r
Collection
Prison Photographs
Institution
Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Contributor(s)
Smith, Richard M.
Smith, Genevieve
Date Created
circa 1915
Dates Covered
1910s
Genre
Photographs
Places
California > Marin County > San Quentin State Prison
Topic(s)
Crossdressing
Female impersonators
Kimonos
Prisoners
Prisons
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
Black and White; 17 x 11 cm.
Language
English
Rights
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