Postcards of German female impersonators, 1900-1920
Collection Number: 7636

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Postcards of German female impersonators, 1900-1920
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
7636
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.
Creator:
no primary creator
Schafer, Paul.
Asta, (Female impersonator)
Wirth, Franz Man de.
Quanitities:
63 items.
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.
NOTES

Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:

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

Subjects:
Female impersonators -- Germany.
Cross-dressers -- Germany.
Transvestites -- Germany.
Transvestism -- Germany.
Sex in popular culture -- Germany.
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- Germany.
Germany -- Social life and customs.
Form and Genre Terms:
Collotypes (prints)
Gelatin silver prints.
Postcards.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Female Impersonators
1900-1920
Processing Information
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
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Lubeck, Germany
Gelatin silver prints.
Letsche, Charly
Box 1 22
Charly Letsche
1910
14 x 9 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Letsche, Charly
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
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Krieg, Ferry
Box 1 16
Ferry Krieg, Damen-Imitator
1905
creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
8.9 x 14.1 cm
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Krieg, Ferry
Box 1 50
Ferry Krieg, Damen-Imitator
1903
creator: Berl. Phototyp. Inst. Reb. Prager
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Berlin, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Krieg, Ferry
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
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Luzernow, Gustav
Box 1 7
? Luzernow ?
1905
creator: John Koefod, Lichtdruckanstalt
14.1 x 9 cm
Hamburg, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Luzernow, Gustav
Box 1 8
? Luzernow ?
1905
creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Applied color
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Luzernow, Gustav
Box 1 9
? Luzernow ?
1905
creator: Fletscher, W.
13.6 x 8.5 cm
Berlin, Germany
Gelatin silver prints.
Luzernow, Gustav
Box 1 10
Luzernow - Chansonetten-Darsteller
1905
creator: Bebr. Ziebner
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Dresden, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Luzernow, Gustav
Box 1
Asta
Box 1 6
Asta
1914
creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
8.8 x 13.8 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Asta
Box 1 53
Asta
1910
creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
9.2 x 13.9 cm
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Asta
Box 1
Paul Schafer
Box 1 12
Paul Schafer
1905
13.9 x 9 cm
Toned
Scope and Contents
This postcard features the same image as postcard 44 in this collection.
Gelatin silver prints.
Shafer, Paul
Box 1 26
? Schafer ?
1900
17.5 x 11.4 cm
Cabinet card
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Gelatin silver prints.
Schafer, Paul
Box 1 27
Schafer
1900
creator: Jensen, M.
16.8 x 10.8 cm
Cabinet card, applied color
Rendsburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints.
Schafer, Paul
Box 1 44
Paul Schafer, Soubrettendarsteller
1905
creator: Dr. Trenkler Co.
14 x 8.8 cm
Leipzig, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Schafer, Paul
Box 1 45
Paul Schafer
1908
14.2 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Collotypes (prints)
Schafer, Paul
Box 1 56
Performer with tambourine
1905
13.9 x 9.9 cm
Scope and Contents
Possibly Paul Schafer.
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 63
Performer with parasol
1900
14 x 9.1 cm
Scope and Contents
Possibly Paul Schafer.
Gelatin silver prints.
Ferri Verdini
Box 1 21
Ferri Verdini
1900
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Verdini, Ferri
Box 1 38
Ferri Verdini
1910
14 x 8.6 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Verdini, Ferri
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
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Rufino, Rudi
Box 1 39
Rufino ? -Imitateur de la Soubrette
1905
creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
13.8 x 8.6 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Rufino, Rudi
Box 1
Friedel Schwarz
Box 1 28
? Friedel Schwarz ?
1910
creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
14 x 8.9 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Schwarz, Friedel
Box 1 54
? Friedel Schwarz ?
1913
creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
13.7 x 8.8 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Collotypes (prints)
Schwarz, Friedel
Box 1
Gauze
Box 1 30
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
13.5 x 8.7 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Gauze
Box 1 31
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
13.6 x 8.5 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Gauze
Box 1 58
Gauze, Canadian Indian soprano
1910
14.1 x 8.6 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Gauze
Box 1
Zwegaly
Box 1 34
Zwegaly ?
1905
creator: Berl. Phototyp. Inst. Rob. Prager
14 x 9 cm
Berlin, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Zwegaly
Box 1 60
Zwegaly ?
1905
creator: Lichtdruck von Trau and Schwab
13.9 x 9.1 cm
Dresden, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Zwegaly
Box 1
Hilmar
Box 1 51
Hilmar
1905
13.5 x 8.5 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Hilmar
Box 1 57
Hilmar
1905
13.5 x 8.6 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Hilmar
Box 1
Named impersonators
Box 1 3
Heinr. Wessels, Damen-Imitator
1905
14 x 9 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Wessels, Heinrich
Box 1 4
Emil Brunelly - Soubretten parodist, rezitator sopran u bariton sanger
1905
9.1 x 13.8 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Brunelly, Emil
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
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Gelatin silver prints.
Lafaly, Sissi
Box 1 15
Ernst Loretto
1910
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Gelatin silver prints.
Loretto, Ernst
Box 1 23
Niels Holmes, Soubrette-Imitator
1910
creator: Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt and Co.
14 x 8.8 cm
Lubeck, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Holmes, Niels
Box 1 25
H. Vorst - Soubrettendarsteller u. sopransanger
1910
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Collotypes (prints)
Vorst, H.
Box 1 33
Paul Storsberg - Sopransanger
1900
14 x 8.9 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Storsberg, Paul
Box 1 35
Probasta, das psychologische Ratsel
1900
creator: John Koefod, Lichtdruckanstalt
13.8 x 8.8 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Hamburg, Germany
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 36
? Hardi Simon ?
1900
creator: Gebr. Siegner, Kotzchenbroda
9.3 x 13.9 cm
Collotypes (prints)
Simon, Hardi
Box 1 37
Paul Sander
1914
creator: Lubecker Lichtdruck-Anstalt Schmidt and Gebr. Bottger
9.4 x 13.9 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Collotypes (prints)
Sander, Paul
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
Collotypes (prints)
Taulleur
Box 1 48
Gomarre - Die fabelhafte indische Tanz-und Fakirschau
1915
creator: Anstalt, Gebr. Garloff
14.1 x 9.3 cm
Magdeburg, Germany
Gelatin silver prints.
Gomarre
Box 1 49
Alraunen duo
1913
creator: Fotograf Fritz Frank
13.9 x 8.8 cm
Scope and Contents
Inscribed.
Frankfurt, Germany
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 55
Mitzi Kaller
1910
14 x 9 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Kaller, Mitzi
Box 1 62
Man de Wirth
1920
creator: Haas, H.
13.5 x 8.6 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Man de Wirth
Unidentified impersonators
Box 1 13
Female impersonator as ballerina
1905
13.7 x 8.5 cm
Gelatin silver prints.
Ballerinas
Box 1 17
Performer in costume
1900
13.8 x 9.1 cm
Scope and Contents
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
Scope and Contents
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
Scope and Contents
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.