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Sailors in theatrical costume. Photographic postcard, 1919.

Danae's dainty demure dandies

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A group of seamen in fancy dress costumes on board HMS Danae. Four are blacked up, four are in drag, one is dressed as a pearly king. One wears a badge 'Baltic 1918', whence this newly- built ship was bound in the autumn of 1918 to assist White Russians during the Russian Civil War.The two black-face figures in centre and top left are wearing make-up copied from the famous music-hall clown 'Chirgwin', billed as 'The White Eyed Kaffir'

Part of James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.

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Identifier
ws859f873
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1919
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint ;
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