Postcards of German female impersonators,1900-1925.

Collection Number: 7636

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Postcards of German female impersonators, 1900-1925.
Collection Number:
7636
Creator:
Quantity:
62 items.
Forms of Material:
Postcards, cabinet cards
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Sixty-two late-Wilhelmine male transvestite postcards portraying thirty individuals in their Damen-Imitator personas, including three images of "Gauze, Canadian Indian Soprano." Sixteen are signed or inscribed by the subjects, with references to gay cabarets in Berlin, Cologne, Kiel, and throughout the country. Five are addressed to Paul Shafer and one to Asta, female impersonators of the period, who are also pictured on some of the cards. One postcard depicts Man de Wirth in costume, circa 1920s. This may be Franz Man de Wirth, described on an 1898 German postcard (viewed online) as the best female impersonator of the time.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Sixty-two late-Wilhelmine female impersonator postcards portraying thirty individuals in their Damen-Imitator personas, including three photographs of "Gauze, Canadian Indian Soprano." Sixteen are signed or inscribed by the subjects, with references to gay cabarets in Berlin, Cologne, Kiel, and throughout the country. Five are addressed to Paul Shafer and one to Asta, female impersonators of the period, who are also pictured on some of the cards. One postcard depicts Man de Wirth in costume, circa 1920s. This may be Franz Man de Wirth, described on an 1898 German postcard (viewed online) as the best female impersonator of the time.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Shafer, Paul.
Asta (Female impersonator)
Wirth, Franz Man de.

Subjects:
Germany -- Social life and customs.
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- Germany.
Sex in popular culture -- Germany.
Transvestism -- Germany.
Transvestites -- Germany.
Cross-dressers -- Germany.
Female impersonators -- Germany.
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)
Sex in popular culture.
Cross-dressing.
Cross-dressers.

Places:
Germany

Form and Genre Terms:
Postcards.
Gelatin silver prints.
Collotypes (prints)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Postcards of German female impersonators, #7636. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Female Impersonators
1900-1925
Punctuation originally published within titles on cards were transcribed to titles in this guide.
Female impersonators
Box 1
Charly Letsche
Box 1 1
Charly Letsche
1910
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.9 x 8.8 cm
Inscribed.
Letsche, Charly
Lubeck, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 22
Charly Letsche
1910
14 x 9 cm
Letsche, Charly
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1
Ferry Krieg
Box 1 2
Ferry Krieg, Damen-Imitator
1910
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.8 x 8.8 cm
Krieg, Ferry
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 16
Ferry Krieg, Damen-Imitator
1905
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
8.9 x 14.1 cm
Krieg, Ferry
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 50
Ferry Krieg, Damen-Imitator
1903
Creator: Berl. Phototyp. Inst. Reb. Prager
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Inscribed.
Krieg, Ferry
Berlin, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Luzernow
Box 1 5
Gustav Luzernow - in seinen urkomischen Frauentypen
1905
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
8.8 x 13.8 cm
Inscribed.
Luzernow, Gustav
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 7
? Luzernow ?
1905
Creator: John Koefod, Lichtdruckanstalt
14.1 x 9 cm
Luzernow, Gustav
Hamburg, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 8
? Luzernow ?
1905
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Applied color
Luzernow, Gustav
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 9
? Luzernow ?
1905
Creator: Fletscher, W.
13.6 x 8.5 cm
Luzernow, Gustav
Berlin, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 10
Luzernow - Chansonetten-Darsteller
1905
Creator: Bebr. Ziebner
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed.
Luzernow, Gustav
Dresden, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Asta
Box 1 6
Asta
1914
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
8.8 x 13.8 cm
Inscribed.
Asta
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 53
Asta
1910
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
9.2 x 13.9 cm
Asta
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Paul Schafer
Box 1 12
Paul Schafer
1905
13.9 x 9 cm
Toned
This postcard features the same image as postcard 44 in this collection.
Shafer, Paul
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 26
? Schafer ?
1900
17.5 x 11.4 cm
Cabinet card
Inscribed.
Schafer, Paul
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 27
Schafer
1900
Creator: Jensen, M.
16.8 x 10.8 cm
Cabinet card, applied color
Schafer, Paul
Rendsburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 44
Paul Schafer, Soubrettendarsteller
1905
Creator: Dr. Trenkler Co.
14 x 8.8 cm
Schafer, Paul
Leipzig, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 45
Paul Schafer
1908
14.2 x 9 cm
Inscribed.
Schafer, Paul
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 56
Performer with tambourine
1905
13.9 x 9.9 cm
Possibly Paul Schafer.
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 63
Performer with parasol
1900
14 x 9.1 cm
Possibly Paul Schafer.
Gelatin silver prints
Ferri Verdini
Box 1 21
Ferri Verdini
1900
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Verdini, Ferri
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 38
Ferri Verdini
1910
14 x 8.6 cm
Verdini, Ferri
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1
Rudi Rufino
Box 1 24
Rudi Rufino, Imitateur de la Soubrette?
1910
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.8 x 8.7 cm
Rufino, Rudi
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 39
Rufino ? -Imitateur de la Soubrette
1905
Creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
13.8 x 8.6 cm
Rufino, Rudi
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Friedel Schwarz
Box 1 28
? Friedel Schwarz ?
1910
Creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
14 x 8.9 cm
Schwarz, Friedel
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 54
? Friedel Schwarz ?
1913
Creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
13.7 x 8.8 cm
Inscribed.
Schwarz, Friedel
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Gauze
Box 1 30
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
13.5 x 8.7 cm
Gauze
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 31
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
13.6 x 8.5 cm
Gauze
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 58
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
14.1 x 8.6 cm
Gauze
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1
Zwegaly
Box 1 34
Zwegaly ?
1905
Creator: Berl. Phototyp. Inst. Rob. Prager
14 x 9 cm
Zwegaly
Berlin, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 60
Zwegaly ?
1905
Creator: Lichtdruck von Trau and Schwab
13.9 x 9.1 cm
Zwegaly
Dresden, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Hilmar
Box 1 51
Hilmar
1905
13.5 x 8.5 cm
Hilmar
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 57
Hilmar
1905
13.5 x 8.6 cm
Hilmar
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1
Named impersonators
Box 1 3
Heinr. Wessels, Damen-Imitator
1905
14 x 9 cm
Wessels, Heinrich
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 4
Emil Brunelly - Soubretten parodist, rezitator sopran u bariton sanger
1905
9.1 x 13.8 cm
Brunelly, Emil
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 11
Myllardo - sopransanger
1905
14 x 9 cm
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 14
Sissi Lafaly
1910
13.6 x 8.7 cm
Inscribed.
Lafaly, Sissi
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 15
Ernst Loretto
1910
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed.
Loretto, Ernst
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 23
Niels Holmes, Soubrette-Imitator
1910
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
14 x 8.8 cm
Holmes, Niels
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 25
H. Vorst - Soubrettendarsteller u. sopransanger
1910
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed.
Vorst, H.
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 33
Paul Storsberg - Sopransanger
1900
14 x 8.9 cm
Storsberg, Paul
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 35
Probasta, das psychologische Ratsel
1900
Creator: John Koefod, Lichtdruckanstalt
13.8 x 8.8 cm
Inscribed.
Hamburg, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 36
? Hardi Simon ?
1900
Creator: Gebr. Siegner, Kotzchenbroda
9.3 x 13.9 cm
Simon, Hardi
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 37
Paul Sander
1914
Creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
9.4 x 13.9 cm
Inscribed.
Sander, Paul
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 46
? Eishauer (Eshally) ?
1905
Creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.8 x 8.7 cm
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 47
Taulleur
1915
Creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Applied color
Taulleur
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 48
Gomarre - Die fabelhafte indische Tanz-und Fakirschau
1915
Creator: Anstalt, Gebr. Garloff
14.1 x 9.3 cm
Gomarre
Magdeburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 49
Alraunen duo
1913
Creator: Fotograf Fritz Frank
13.9 x 8.8 cm
Inscribed.
Frankfurt, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 55
Mitzi Kaller
1910
14 x 9 cm
Kaller, Mitzi
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 62
Man de Wirth
1920
Creator: Haas, H.
13.5 x 8.6 cm
Man de Wirth
Gelatin silver prints
Unidentified impersonators
Box 1 13
Female impersonator as ballerina
1905
13.7 x 8.5 cm
Ballerinas
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 17
Performer in costume
1900
13.8 x 9.1 cm
Inscription verso translated as: "A sport [game/play] of nature. 1/2 man. 1/2 woman"
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 18
Female impersonator in costume
1905
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 19
Female impersonator with headpiece
1900
13.6 x 8.6 cm
Applied color
Inscribed.
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 20
Female impersonator with hat
1900
Creator: Photographische Kunstanstalt Gerh. Merlens
13.3 x 8.3 cm
Aachen, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 29
Female impersonator in dress and heels
1900
13.4 x 8.5 cm
Inscribed.
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 32
Female impersonator in sleeveless dress
1910
Creator: Rembrandt
13.8 x 9 cm
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 40
Two female impersonators dancing
1905
Creator: Heldberg, F.
Creator: Hansa-Atelier
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Hamburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 41
Two female impersonators dancing
1905
Creator: Heldberg, F.
Creator: Hansa-Atelier
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Hamburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 42
Two female impersonators as dancers
1905
Creator: Atelier Electra G. Reh
14.1 x 9 cm
Toned
Stuttgart, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 43
Female impersonator doing a split
1910
Creator: Atelier Electra G. Reh
8.8 x 14 cm
Stuttgart, Germany
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 52
Female impersonator in top hat
1900
14.1 x 8.8 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 59
Female impersonator in ballet slippers
1910
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Gelatin silver prints
Box 1 61
Female impersonator wearing lace shawl
1905
13.7 x 8.9 cm
Gelatin silver prints