Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross dressing, 1900-1931, 1955
Collection Number: 7778

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross dressing, 1900-1931, 1955
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
7778
Abstract:
Postcards portraying cross-dressing and female and male impersonators in France, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Romania. Postcards include photographic and photomechanical prints, some hand-colored. All are printed between circa 1900 and 1930 and depict performers on amateur, café-concert, music-hall, and legitimate stages at the high-point of cross-dressing as a form of entertainment. Many depict gallant visual narratives of women being wooed by other women dressed as men. Additional postcards include humorous images, popular genre narratives, promotional portraits of theatrical and music-hall male and female impersonators, as well as World War I POW camp theatrical productions. Two postcards are credited to female photographers, Ilse Magenmiller (German) and Jessie Westbrook (American). Sets of postcards depict narrative sequences, including Joan of Arc, Les Cerises, Chasé-croisé, Idylle à Trianon, and Une Amourette Louis XV. One such sequence, Pierrot et Columbine (circa 1900), portrays a sexual ending with Columbine represented nude (in a pink body suit). Male and female impersonators featured include Robert Bertin, Jeanne Bloch, Leopoldo Fregoli, Monte Verdi, Louis Vernassier, Sarah Bernhardt, Gaby Deslys, John Graffton, Betti Kuhn, Hetty King, Zena Dare, Vesta Tilley, Winifred Ward, and Huntley Wright, among others.
Creator:
Koskovich, Gerard
Quanitities:
380 items.
Language:
Collection material in English, French

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Postcards portraying cross-dressing and female and male impersonators in France, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Romania. Postcards include photographic and photomechanical prints, some hand-colored. All are printed between circa 1900 and 1930 and depict performers on amateur, café-concert, music-hall, and legitimate stages at the high-point of cross-dressing as a form of entertainment. Many depict gallant visual narratives of women being wooed by other women dressed as men. Additional postcards include humorous images, popular genre narratives, promotional portraits of theatrical and music-hall male and female impersonators, as well as World War I POW camp theatrical productions. Two postcards are credited to female photographers, Ilse Magenmiller (German) and Jessie Westbrook (American). Sets of postcards depict narrative sequences, including Joan of Arc, Les Cerises, Chasé-croisé, Idylle à Trianon, and Une Amourette Louis XV. One such sequence, Pierrot et Columbine (circa 1900), portrays a sexual ending with Columbine represented nude (in a pink body suit). Male and female impersonators featured include Robert Bertin, Jeanne Bloch, Leopoldo Fregoli, Monte Verdi, Louis Vernassier, Sarah Bernhardt, Gaby Deslys, John Graffton, Betti Kuhn, Hetty King, Zena Dare, Vesta Tilley, Winifred Ward, and Huntley Wright, among others.
NOTES

Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.
"Female impersonator" means the individual doing the impersonating is male and "male impersonator" means the individual doing the impersonating is female.


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SUBJECTS

Names:
Bertin, Robert.
Bloch, Jeanne.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431
Places:
United States.
Romania.
Spain.
Italy.
Great Britain.
Germany.
France.
Europe.
Belgium.
Austria.
Subjects:
Cross-dressers
Women peasants -- Europe.
Female impersonators
Male impersonators
Breeches parts -- Europe.
Transvestites -- Europe.
Transvestism -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Theater -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Courtship -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Lesbian couples -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Sex in popular culture -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- Europe.
Gender identity -- Europe -- Pictorial works.
Form and Genre Terms:
Relief halftones (prints)
Collotypes (prints)
Gelatin silver prints.
Postcards.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Box 1
France
1900-1930, 19551900-1930
Processing Information
Notes included in the scope and content for this series come from the collector. More of the collector's notes are available upon request.
France
Box 1
Music Hall, Theater and Film
Box 1 Folder 1
Albertin celebre imitateur
1
1910
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Blank verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Albertin
Box 1 Folder 1
Arigon - Imitateur
2
1910
14 x 9.2 cm
Full color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Arigon
Box 1 Folder 1
Poilu's-Park, La Grande Divette
3
1915
creator: Lavaux, V.
creator: Luce
14 x 9.2 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
French World War I soldier posed outdoors wearing a female gypsy costume. Black rubber-stamp impression on verso: "Collection J.F.M.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bert-Gyll
Box 1 Folder 1
Poilu's-Park, Les Poilus Bert-Gyll et Mezy duettistes a transformations
4
1915
creator: Lavaux, V.
creator: Luce
14 x 9.1 cm
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Costumes de la Maison Granier. The two cards offered here represent Poilu's Park, an amusement park for French and allied soldiers that operated from 1915 to 1916 in Commercy.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bert-Gyll
Box 1 Folder 2
Bertin - Imitant la Tortojada
5
1907
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Monsieur R. Bertin - Imitant Miss Clotilde Alegria, tireuse mexicaine
6
1907
14.4 x 9.2 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Monsieur R. Bertin dans son Imitation de Miette
7
1900
13.9 x 9 cm
Applied color
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Monsieur R. Bertin - Imitant Yvette Guilbert
8
1907
14.3 x 9.2 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Photographer's name partially legible (reproduction of embossing on original photo). Notice printed full width indicating "Certains les pays étrangers n'acceptant pas la correspondance au recto se renseigner à la Poste."
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Mr Bertin - Imitation de Yvette Guilbert
9
1907
creator: Bioletto, J.
14.3 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Lyon, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Mr. Bertin - Imitation de Mlle Foscolo exentrique
10
1907
creator: Bioletto, J.
14.3 x 9 cm
Lyon, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Mr Bertin - Imitation de Mme Yvette Guilbert genre Pompadour
11
1907
creator: Bioletto, J.
14.3 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Mr. Bertin - Imitation de la Belle Otero
12
1907
creator: Bioletto, J.
14.3 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Monsieur R. Bertin dans son Imitation de l'Excentrique "Polaire"
13
1904
14 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Monsieur R. Bertin - Imitant "La Tortojada"
14
1904
14.1 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 2
Mr. Bertin
15
1910
creator: Espiugas, A.
13.7 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Barcelona, Spain
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 3
Jeanne Bloch
16
1910
creator: Buger et Bert
13.9 x 8.8 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
A comic actress who played both female and male roles in music-hall revues; dressed as a portly, gray-haired, bearded gentleman looking like then President of the French Republic, Armand Fallières. Card No. 308.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bloch, Jeanne
Box 1 Folder 3
M. Defreyn (Sarah Yacco)
17
1903
creator: Dupont, G.
creator: Le Carnet Mondain
13.8 x 9
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
An operetta star who later developed a recording and film career. In the postcard offered here, Defreyn imitates Sadda Yacco (Kawakami Sadayakko; 1871-1946), a Japanese kabuki artist who performed to audiences in Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Defreyn, Henri, 1878-1948
Box 1 Folder 3
Mr D'Hernonville
18
1904
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
A noted music-hall performer who portrayed a series of female singing and speaking roles.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
D'Hernonville
Box 1 Folder 3
Mr. D'Hernonville imitateur
19
1904
creator: Guilleminot, R.
creator: Boespflug et Cie
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso
Scope and Contents
On verso: Logo of a bridled horse head framed in a horseshoe.
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
D'Hernonville
Box 1 Folder 3
Yvette Dolly
20
1924
14 x 9.1 cm
Toned. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Inscription: Moulin Rouge Paris 27/11/24 / A Myriam mon / bon souvenir / Dolly. Black rubber-stamp impression on verso: Collection J.F.M.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Dolly, Yvette
Box 1 Folder 3
Florin Imitateur
21
1910
creator: Martin, Louis
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Florin
Box 1 Folder 3
Florin Imitateur
22
1910
creator: Martin, Louis
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Florin
Box 1 Folder 3
Florin Imitateur
23
1910
creator: Martin, Louis
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Florin
Box 1 Folder 3
Fregoli nella Mimi
24
1902
creator: Garzinie e Pezzini
9.1 x 13.5 cm
Scope and Contents
An internationally renowned Italian quick-change artist, Fregoli both sang and acted 20 or more characters in each of his shows. He made his first splash on the Parisian stage in 1900 and subsequently presented shows in the French capital that ran for up to a year. This card presents vignettes showing poses and costumes from Fregoli's show Mimi.
Milan, Italy
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Fregoli, Leopoldo, 1867-1936
Box 1 Folder 3
Fregoli nell Eldorado
25
1902
creator: Garzinie e Pezzini
9.1 x 14.1 cm
Scope and Contents
An internationally renowned Italian quick-change artist, Fregoli both sang and acted 20 or more characters in each of his shows. He made his first splash on the Parisian stage in 1900 and subsequently presented shows in the French capital that ran for up to a year. This card presents vignettes showing poses and costumes from Fregoli's show Eldorado.
Milan, Italy
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Fregoli, Leopoldo, 1867-1936
Box 1 Folder 4
Cricket on the Hearth
26
1910
8.8 x 13.8 cm
Toned. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Based on the indication of the roles noted on the verso, the actors are appearing in a play based on the Charles Dickens novella The Cricket on the Hearth. On verso: Logo of a bridled horse head framed in a horse-­shoe. Pale blue rubber-stamp impression on verso giving name and city of publisher.
Melun, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 4
Marthis??
27
1910
creator: Martin, Louis
14 x 9 cm
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Marthis
Box 1 Folder 4
Maurice homme protee
28
1907
14.1 x 9.3 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Maurice
Box 1 Folder 4
Maurice l'homme protee
29
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Marseille, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Maurice
Box 1 Folder 4
Novelty's imitateur a transformations
30
1915
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Full length photo of a man in showgirl dress; vignette headshot of same performer in white tie.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 1 Folder 4
M. de Sternac dans son imitation de Mme Yvette Guilbert
31
1907
creator: Le Ray, Cliché
creator: Imprimeries Reunies
14.2 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso.
Nancy, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Sternac, Fernand de
Box 1 Folder 4
M. de Sternac dans son imitation de Mme Sada Yacco
32
1907
creator: Le Ray, Cliché
creator: Imprimeries Reunies
14.1 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Nancy, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Sternac, Fernand de
Box 1 Folder 4
Monte Verdi
33
1920
creator: Boisdon, Maurice
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Photographer Maurice Boisdon specialized in theatrical and circus performers, cityscapes and landscapes.
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Verdi, Monte
Box 1 Folder 4
Monte Verdi
34
1920
creator: Boisdon, Maurice
14 x 9 cm
Toned. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Inscription: Du 18e au 20e Siecle.
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Verdi, Monte
Box 1 Folder 4
Louis Vernassier, l'homme protée musical dans son Travesti-dame
35
1900
creator: Reutlinger
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Undivided verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 4
Louis Vernassier, l'homme protée musical excentrique dans son travesti-dame jouant
36
1907
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 4
Louis Vernassier protée musical excentrique dans son travesti-dame
37
1910
9.2 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Inscription: Written in black ink: Mes remerciements. Black rubber-stamp impression of signature: Vernassier L. Paired portaits of Vernassier in men's clothing and in costume as grand dame. Rubber stamp on verso: "Collection J.F.M. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 10
Couple with fan and top hat
81
1900
14 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
A promotional photo for a music-hall act. The only postcard in the collection that features performers of color. Publisher's monogram on recto.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 10
M.R. Bertin - Le Celebre Imitateur Francais
84
1907
creator: Bauer Marchet et Cie
14 x 9 cm
Varnished. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Publisher's name indicated in circular black rubberstamp impression on recto.
Dijon, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 10
Bertin
85
1900
14.2 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso.
Barcelona, Spain
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 10
M.R. Bertin - Imitation de Mme Yvette Guilbert
86
1907
creator: Bauer Marchet et Cie
14.2 x 9 cm
Varnished. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Publisher's name indicated in circular black rubberstamp impression on recto.
Dijon, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 10
M.R. Bertin - Imitation de Mlle Lydia
87
1907
creator: Bauer Marchet et Cie
14.2 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Publisher's name indicated in circular black rubberstamp impression on recto.
Dijon, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 10
M.R. Bertin - Imitation de Mme Ouvrard
88
1907
creator: Bauer Marchet et Cie
14.3 x 9.3 cm
Varnished. Divided verso.
Dijon, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bertin, Robert
Box 1 Folder 10
Monsieur (et non Mademoiselle!) Thon Lind
89
1927
creator: Alferocca
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Stamped and mailed in France.
Terni, Italy
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Lind, Thon
Box 1 Folder 10
M. Pol Simon - dans ses repaides transformations
90
1904
creator: Imp. M. Massenet
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso.
Chatillon, France
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Simon, Pol
Box 1 Folder 10
La Tolosa
91
1910
14.1 x 9.6 cm
Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
La Tolosa
Box 1 Folder 10
Louis Vernassier - l'homme protee musical excentrique dans ses Travesti-Dame
92
1910
9.2 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Montage of three portraits of Vernassier showing his transformation from middle-aged man to grand dame.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 10
Louis Vernassier - l'homme protee musical dans son Travesti Dame
93
1905
creator: Riviere, R.
14 x 9.1 cm
Scope and Contents
Vernassier was a popular music-hall performer.
Angers, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 10
Louis Vernassier - l'homme protee musical dans son Travesti Dame
94
1910
creator: Riviere, R.
14 x 9.1 cm
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Louis Vernassier had a long and prolific career as a music-hall female impersonator whose act involved playing numerous musical instruments (this postcard lists 12 different ones, plus "tous les instruments excentriques").
Angers, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Vernassier, Louis
Box 1 Folder 11
L'Aiglon - Mme Sarah Bernhardt - Scene de Wagram
95
1902
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Inscription: Addressed to Mlle Marguerite Beaujean. Black-and-white reproduction of a watercolor illustration signed Espinasse. Sarah Bernhardt appearing in one of her most celebrated trouser roles as the son of Napoleon in La Aiglon (1900) by playwright Edmond Rostand, who wrote the role for her.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 1 Folder 11
Jeanne Bloch, dans Armand' retour de Londres
96
1910
14.6 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Comic actor and singer Jeanne Bloch dressed as a portly, bearded man wearing a top hat and carrying a cane. Inscription at upper left on the recto indicates that Bloch was appearing at La Scala, a music hall in Paris open from 1874 to 1936.
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Bloch, Jeanne
Box 1 Folder 11
Odeon - Clara Faurens
97
1905
14.1 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Stage and silent-film actor Clara Faurens appearing at the Theatre de la'Odeon (Paris) in the role of Pierrot, the commedia della arte stock figure of the lovesick clown. Inscribed verso: Brief note to Jeanne Gorno signed E. Hacquet.
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Faurens, Clara
Box 1 Folder 11
Chavarny
98
1904
14.3 x 9.2 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Performer dressed as an 18th-century male aristocrat in a beribboned outfit and an enormous feathered cavalier hat. Inscription at upper left on the photo indicates that Mlle. Chavarny appeared at La Scala, a music hall in the 10th arrondissement of Paris open from 1874 to 1936 where many of the grand stars of the era appeared. Addressed to Isabelle Garon; signature of sender illegible.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Chavarney
Box 1 Folder 11
Declos Gaity
99
1903
14.2 x 9.1 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Inscription: "Addressed to Clara (?) Boissier. inscription at upper right on the recto indicates that Mlle. Declos and Mlle. Gaity appeared at La Cigale, a music hall on the Place Pigalle in Paris that opened in 1887.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Declos and Gaity
Box 1 Folder 11
Defrance
100
1904
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Inscription: "Addressed to Isabelle Garon; signature of sender illegible." Performer dressed as an 18th-century male aristocrat. Inscription at upper left on the photo indicates that Mlle. Defrance appeared at La Scala, a music hall in the 10th arrondissement of Paris open from 1874 to 1936 where many of the grand stars of the era appeared.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Defrance
Box 1 Folder 11
Theatre des Varietes. Barbe Bleue
101
1900
creator: Paul Boyer
14 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Addressed to Rose Bounias; brief message on recto signed P. Paul. Actress dressed as a 17th-century cavalier, likely in the role of one of the brothers in a production of Jacques Offenbach's opera-bouffe Barbe-Bleue (1866).
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Mlle Noray
Box 1 Folder 11
Liseron Parisiana
102
1915
14.2 x 9.1 cm
Applied color
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Liseron
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt
214
1902
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Bernhardt as the son of Napoleon in L'Aiglon. Undivided verso. Publisher initials S.I.P. on recto.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt
215
1904
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Bernhardt as the son of Napoleon in L'Aiglon. Undivided verso. Publisher initials S.I.P. on recto.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt
216
1904
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Bernhardt as the son of Napoleon in L'Aiglon. Undivided verso. Publisher initials S.I.P. on recto.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt dans L'Aiglon
217
1900
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt
218
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Inscribed. Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 3
Sarah Bernhardt dans L'Aiglon
219
1903
creator: Boyer et Bert
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923
Box 2 Folder 4
de Brives (Varietes)
220
1905
creator: Cautin et Berger
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
De Brives, Gabrielle, 1883-1974
Box 2 Folder 4
Theatre Marigny - Deslys
221
1905
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Gaby Deslys wearing the costume of a 17th-century male aristocrat.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Deslys, Gaby, 1881-1920
Box 2 Folder 4
Miss Gaby Deslys
222
1915
creator: Record Press
creator: J. Beagels and Co., Ltd.
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Gaby Deslys dressed in men's evening wear. The image was produced as a promotion for Deslys' appearing in London in Rosy Rapture, a one-act play by J.M. Barrie.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Deslys, Gaby, 1881-1920
Box 2 Folder 4
Marise Fairy
223
1910
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed by performer. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Marise Fairy in the role of Buster Brown from the Revue de Marigny, a music-hall show presented at the Theatre de Marigny in Paris.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Fairy, Marise
Box 2 Folder 4
The French Fregoli Emile Grandsart "Original Transformist"
224
1900
creator: Marteau, Ernest
Scope and Contents
Music-hall protean performer Emile Grandsart, whose act involved costume quick-changes into both female and male characters.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Grandsart, Emile
Box 2 Folder 5
Monsieur D'Hernonville, le Merveilleux Protee Feminin
225
1910
14.7 x 9.8 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Monsieur D'Hernonville
Box 2 Folder 5
Minouche
226
1955
creator: Koruna, Paul
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Studio shot of Minouche, one of the stars of Madame Arthur, a leading female-impersonation cabaret of Paris in the 1950s and 1960s. In this photograph, Minouche, who was white, impersonates a black performer in the style of Eartha Kitt.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Minouche
Box 2 Folder 5
Female impersonator carrying jug
227
1910
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Olganny
Box 2 Folder 5
Zambelli et Mante
228
1906
creator: Boyer, Paul
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Male impersonator and female dancer dressed in 17th-century costume.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 5
Male impersonator in bowler hat and woman in dress
229
1910
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 5
A travers les coulisses
230
1925
creator: Paris sur Scene
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Female impersonator as a showgirl in her dress room.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 5
Male impersonator in men's evening wear and earrings
231
1929
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Dresden, Germany
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Halterstein, Lydia
Box 2
Troops and POW shows, WWI
Box 2 Folder 16
La Grande Guerre
292
1915
creator: L'Abeille
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Not inscribed.
Paris, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 16
Poilu's Park
293
1915
creator: Lavaux, V.
creator: Luce Editeur
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Inscription includes reference to the type of performance shown on the postcard.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Gallant scenes
Box 1 Folder 5
Les Soeurs Mante de l'Opera
39
1907
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Suzanne and Blanche Mante, lead dancers for the Opera de Paris, enact a variation of an 18th-century galant scene.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Mante, Suzanne
Mante, Blanche
Box 1 Folder 5
La Matchiche
40-41
1908
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14 x 9.1 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Set of two postcards portraying the De Tender sisters, both music-hall performers. Alice de Tender appeared at the Folies-Bergere, the Eldorado and the Moulin Rouge; she also appeared in silent films, including the feature La Veuve Joyeuse (1913) and a number of shorts. "La Matchiche"was a popular song debuted in a music-hall show in 1902; the painter Kees van Dongen borrowed the title for a 1904 oil representing dancers at the bal populaire Le Moulin de la Galette (collection of the Musee d'Art Moderne de Troyes).
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tender, Fanny de
Tender, Alice de
Box 1 Folder 5
Estudiantina
42-44
1907
creator: Stebbing
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Series of three postcards.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 5
Amours Champetres
45
1907
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 5
On ne passe pas
46
1903
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 5
Je suis épris de toi
47
1907
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 6
Les Cerises
48-57
1900
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Set of 10 cards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Originally in a die-cut holder, they are now housed individually in mylar sleeves.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 6
Ma belle Marquise
58-59
1910
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Set of 2 cards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Series no. 1549.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 7
An officer and an aristocrat
60-63
1900
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Set of 4 cards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Series no. 525.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 7
Idylle a Trianon
64-66
1902
creator: Manuel, Henri (1874-1947)
14 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 320-328.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 7
Amourette Louis XV
67-68
1905
14.2 x 9.1 cm
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Set of two postcards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Same images in cards 147-148. Same series depicted in cards 146-150 and 310.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 8
Fanluchette et Godichon
69-78
1904
creator: Walery
creator: Piprot
14 x 9.1 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Full set of 10 cards with photo narrative of an early 19th-century seduction scene. Postcards numbered 1-10, each with a one- to two-sentence narrative.
Processing Information
Originally mounted in a trifold cardstock holder imprinted with an art nouveau foliage pattern. The cards were removable, held in corner slots. Cards are currently housed in individual sleeves.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 10
L'Abbe, les fiances
82-83
1905
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 311-313.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 12
Aristocrat and Flower Girl
103
1911
creator: Edit. d'Art
14.2 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Eighteenth-century seduction scene: woman dressed as a male aristocrat woos a peasant-girl flower-seller against a studio backdrop of a sylvan scene.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 12
Violinist
104
1900
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Inscription: "Addressed to Mlle Fanny Grollier. Brief note at lower margin of recto signed Melanie B."
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 12
1er Avril
105
1905
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Series of 2 April Fool's Day ("poisson d'avril") postcards. Two women dressed in 18th-century aristocratic garb, one as a man, one as woman: In one card (untinted), both hold a basket filled with flowers and fish. Divided verso. Stamp and postmark on verso. A doggerel verse printed on the recto of each refers to the pair in the photo as "ces marquis gracieux."
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 12
1er Avril
106
1905
14 x 9.2 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Series of two April Fool's Day postcards. A doggerel verse printed on the recto of each refers to the pair in the photo as "ces marquis gracieux".
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 12
Chasse-croise
107-111
1900
9.1 x 14.2 cm
5 postcards
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Series of 5 postcards number I through V showing an 18th century picnic. The series is highly unusual as the only postcards of the genre documented to date that represent a cross-dressed woman and a man dressed as a man both portraying male roles. Inscription: "Addressed to Mesdemoiselles Bonnet; signed on recto of each card: Henriette."
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 13
Aristocrat and a country girl
112-117
1900-1903
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14.2 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Captioned: Le Droit de passage, L'Invitation, Le Beau raisin, Le Goiter, and La Declaration. Same series depicted in cards 329-330.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 13
L'invitation
113, 115-117
1903
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14.2 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Set of four cards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Male impersonator as aristocrat woos a female country girl encountered on a footbridge. The captions recount the tale: "Le Droit de passage," "L'Invitation," "Le Beau raisin," "Le Goûter," "La Déclaration." Postage stamp and postmark on recto of each card. Divided verso; notice printed full width indicating "Carte Postale. Tous le pays étrangers n'acceptent pas la correspondence au recto (se renseigner à la poste). Inscription: "Series of love notes addressed to a woman named Albertine Frémoul from a man identifying himself as "votre fiancé" (signature partially illegible: "G. Rammeno..."
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 13
L'invitation
114
1900
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14.2 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Variant edition of L'Invitation.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 13
Idylle a trianon
118-120
1902
creator: Manuel, Henri (1874-1947)
13.8 x 9.2 cm
3 postcards
Applied color. Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Set of three cards with photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene. Male impersonator as officer invites a female aristocrat to dance in a studio-set salon. Numbered I, II and X.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 13
Il m'aime, Un peu, Beaucoup
121-123
1905
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
13.9 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Series of three postcards of a woman dressed in late 18th-century officer's wear reacting to declarations from a woman in a dress and flowered hat. The woman is reciting the traditional French equivalent of 'he loves me, he loves me not' while plucking petals from a flower. Cards numbered I, II and III. Each postcard after the first has a rhyming couplet as a caption on the recto.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 14
Le Marquis Amoureux
124-128
1904
14 x 9.3 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Complete series of five postcards showing a woman dressed as an 18th-century marquis courting another woman dressed as a female aristocrat, ending with a scene of the marquis stealing a kiss.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 14
Shepard and shepardess
129-134
1906
14 x 9.2 cm
6 postcards
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Complete series of six postcards showing a young woman dressed as an 18th-century shepherd having a lover's spat with a young woman dressed as a shepherdess. Each postcard has one line of a six-line verse offering the dialogue of the lovers.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 15
Aristocrat courting
135-139
1902
creator: Walery
14.1 x 9 cm
5 postcards
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Complete series of five postcards showing a woman dressed as an 18th-century male aristocrat who pays court to a woman in a flowered dress and with flowers in her hair. All the scenes are set against a blank studio backdrop.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 15
Egg
140-145
1903
13.9 x 9.2 cm
6 postcards
Scope and Contents
Complete series of six postcards showing an enormous egg in front of a painted backdrop of a bucolic landscape. Over the series, the egg opens into left and right halves to reveal a woman dressed as an 18th-century male aristocrat who pays court to a woman dressed as a female aristocrat. Postmarks show the cards were mailed successively during the course of two months, with a message on the final one in the photo-narrative stating, "Thanks, this is the last one." The dates and inscription suggest how such series were sometimes used to sustain interest in a friendly correspondence over time. Postage stamp and postmark on one corner on verso of each card. Curved impression to corners of cards indicating the set was once place in a die-cut postcard holder. Inscription: "Addressed to Mademoiselle A. Lefort; signed on recto of each card: five signed G.M.; one signed Germaine. Brief message on lower right corner of recto of each card, two in English, the rest in French. Message on last mailed card indicates "Merci, c'est la dernière."
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 15
Amourette Louis XV
146-150
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Set of five postcards with a photo narrative of an 18th-century seduction scene involving a marquis and marquise. Each card includes a brief caption on near lower margin of the recto with a line of dialog. The first scene shows the female aristocrat seated by herself reading a book; the male aristocrat arrives and ultimately persuades her in the final scene. Same series depicted in cards 67-68 and 310.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 15
Amoureux Viennois
151
1905
14.2 x 8.8 cm
Scope and Contents
One postcard (no. 3) from a series of unknown length representing a woman dressed as a male officer in a braided uniform. The officer kisses the hand of a seated woman wearing a braided dress designed to echo the uniform.
Nancy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 15
Pierrette et Polichinelle
152
1900
creator: Manuel, Henri (1874-1947)
creator: A. Bergeret et Cie.
9 x 14.2 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 333-335.
Nancy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 19
Amourette Louis XV
310
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same image in card 149. Same series depicted in cards 67-68, and 146-150.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 19
L'Abbe, les fiances
311-312
1905
14 x 9 cm
2 postcards
Applied color. Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 82-83 and 313.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 19
L'Abbe, les fiances
313
1904
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 82-83 and 311-312.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 19
Notre amour cherchait le mystere
314
1907
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same characters and setting as portrayed in card 315.
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 2 Folder 19
Ce petit coin tranquille
315
1905
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same characters and setting as portrayed in card 314.
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 2 Folder 19
Colin et Jeannette
316-317
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 19
Le Galant Gondolier
318
1904
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 19
Hotel du Chariot d'Or
319
1904
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 20
Idylle a Trianon
320-328
1902
creator: Manuel, Henri (1874-1947)
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in cards 64-66.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 21
Aristocrat and a country girl
329-330
1905
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Captioned: L'Invitation and La Declaration. Same series depicted in cards 112-117.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 21
Le Petit Colporteur
331-332
1905
creator: Stebbing
creator: Kunzli Freres Editeurs
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 21
Pierrette et Polichinelle
333-335
1900
creator: Manuel, Henri (1874-1947)
9 x 14 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Same series depicted in card 152.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 22
Pierrot et Columbine
336-339
1900
9 x 14 cm
Undivided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 23
Le Petit Polichinelle
340-344
1908
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 23
La ronde du garde champetre
345
1904
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1
Humor
Box 1 Folder 9
Illusion's perdues
79
1920
13.8 x 8.7 cm
After engraving. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Reproduction of a line-drawing caricature: Female impersonator undressing revealed to be a skinny man.
Female impersonator
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 9
La plus serieuse des Lorientaises
80
1917
creator: Arnaud et Nozais
14 x 9
Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Mustachioed man dressed as a peasant woman carrying a basket and an umbrella.
Nantes, France
Female impersonator
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 16
Bergere et Berger
153-154
1904-1906
14.2 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Series of two comic postcards of a shepherdess and a shepherd.
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 1 Folder 16
Bonne Annee
155
1930
13.7 x 8.8 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Studio photo of a garconne, the French new young women of the 1920s who appropriated a variety of masculine privileges. Includes personal message about health issues, life troubles, hopes to see friend in the coming year."
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 16
Bonne Annee
156
1907
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Woman dressed as a mailman in front of a studio backdrop of a village gate. Divided verso. Publisher given as E.N., card number as 8179. Personal message addressed to "Chère amie" (Félice Pinty) signed Marguerite." Inscription: "New year's greetings to "Ma chère Henriette" at Castle Hall School in Northampton, England; signed "Ton amie qui t'embrasse, Jeanne Lambert"
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 16
Bonne Annee
157
1913
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Woman dressed as a mailman in front of a studio backdrop of a village gate. Same model, costume and set as preceding card, but differing pose. Holding mail.
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 16
Bonne Annee
158
1909
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Woman dressed as a mailman in front of a studio backdrop of a village gate. Same model, costume and set as preceding card, but differing pose. Holding flowers.
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 16
Bonne Annee
159
1909
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Applied color. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Woman dressed as a mailman seen through a painted frame illustrating letters and a mail-carrying case.
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 16
Cleodinerie
160
1903
creator: A. Bergeret et Cie
14.1 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Female impersonator wearing a wig, pearls and a flowered tutu posing as a ballerina with arms in fifth position. The card is a spoof of the celebrated dancer and demimondaine Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966). A doggerel verse printed in red on the recto refers to the dancer's charms as designed to "captiver un prince."
Female impersonator
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 16
Mademoiselle, ecoutez-moi donc!
161-166
1910
13.8 x 8.6 cm
6 postcards
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Complete series of six postcards showing a amle impersonator approaching a young woman and convincing her to learn how to ride the young man's bicycle. The narrative takes place in front of a painted studio backdrop of a Paris city scene. Each card includes a snippet of dialog between the two characters; the woman identifies herself in one as an "ouvrière dans une grande maison de Modes de la Rue de la Paix." Divided verso; imprinted "a utiliser seulement dans le régime intérieur (FRANCE, ALGERIE et TUNISIE)."
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
La bretagne pittoresque - la plus belle fille de Pont-Aven
167
1915
creator: A. Waron
13.9 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Female impersonator with gray hair and handlebar moustache dressed in the traditional garb of a woman from Brittany, including a bigouden (starched lace headdress), and with a market basket on one arm and an umbrella under the other. Addressed to Monsieur Dumont; signed Horace (?). Message refers teasingly to representation of gender on postcard.
Saint-Brieuc, France
Female impersonator
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
Costumes poitevins
168
1909
14 x 8.8 cm
Scope and Contents
Addressed to Mademoiselle Gratecap. Depicts couple dressed in traditional garb of the Poitou region on the west coast of France.
Niort, France
Female impersonator
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
Les deux gosses
169-171
1910
14.1 x 9 cm
3 postcards
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Three postcards (nos. 2, 3 and 4) from a series of unknown length recounting episodes adapted from the melodramatic novel Les Deux gosses (Jules Rouff et Cie., 1880) by the popular author and playwright Pierre Decourcelle (1856-1926). The "two kids" of the title are Fanfan, the son of a diplomat carted off and raised by a married pair of petty criminals, and Claudinet, the ragged natural son of the couple. Decourcelle subsequently adapted the novel as a drama; in an 1896 production at the Theatre de l'Ambigu in Paris, the characters of the two boys were cast as trouser roles for young actresses, with Fanfan played by Mlle. Melo and Claudinet by Mlle. Reye. In the postcard series, the models for the two boys likewise are male impersonators.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 17
Melle (Deux-sevres) - Paysanne poitevine
172
1900
creator: Jules Robuchon
14 x 9.2 cm
Scope and Contents
Comic postcard of female impersonator in the traditional garb of a Poitevin peasant woman. Addressed to Mademoiselle Legras Nadel.
Poitiers, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
La merine a nastasie
173
1909
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Scope and Contents
Series of two postcards (with card 174) representing scenes and characters from La Mérine à Nastasie (1902), a play by Yann Saint- Acer, written in the Saintongeais dialect of the west coast of France.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
La merine a nastasie
174
1906
9.1 x 14.1 cm
Scope and Contents
Series of two postcards (with card 173) representing scenes and characters from La Mérine à Nastasie (1902), a play by Yann Saint-Acer, written in the Saintongeais dialect of the west coast of France.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 17
Mme Pipelet lit son feuilleton
175-177
1904
9 x 14 cm
Applied color. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Series of three postcards representing humorous scenes from the daily life of an older woman played by a female impersonator. Addressed to Louise Hautain.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 18
Racettes de friandises - Gateau Suisse
178
1900
creator: A. Bergeret et Cie.
14 x 9.1 cm
Undivided verso.
Scope and Contents
Addressed to Auguste Morel. Woman dressed as a chef wearing a toque, men's coat and men's 18th-century kneepants and hose while holding up a fluted cake pan. She leans against a decor suggesting a country kitchen. Printed in red at the bottom of the recto is a recipe for Swiss cake.
Nancy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 18
Le berceuse du gosselin
179
1905
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Female impersonator holding a porcelain doll and dressed as a nanny in a lace cap and apron.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 18
Type Marseillais
180-184
1904
creator: Lacour, F.
14 x 9 cm
Scope and Contents
Series of five comic postcards depicting a male impersonator as a woman of Marseilles. Each card has a humorous caption giving a line of dialog. Three cards (numbered 370, 373 and 374), show a fishwife carrying a scale for weighing her goods.
Marseille, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 18
Male impersonator as a soldier
185
1915
13.9 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 18
Fils a papa
186
1907
9 x 14
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Novelty card montage of three photos of the same woman dressed in top hat, tails and knee britches gesturing to a rabbit sitting next to her on a bench. May represent a musical hall trained animal act. Message on verso addressed to "Mon cher Pierre" and signed "Jeanne."
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
Amour en Bretagne-les premiers baisers
348
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Pontivy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
La chanson de Nanette
349
1910
creator: Lejeune, A.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Argentan, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
La chanson de Nanette
350
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Argentan, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
Argentan - Nanette, v'la l'marchand d'noisettes
351
1910
creator: Chalumeau-Michelli
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Argentan, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
En Vacances
352
1900
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. No inscription.
Nancy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
La femme avocat
353
1900
creator: Morinet, A.
9 x 14 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
Fevrier
354
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color and glitter. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
Present! Si on a besoin de nous, nous sommes la
355
1915
creator: Noyer, A.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Photochroms
Box 2 Folder 25
Le trousseau e Rosalie
356
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Cherbourg, France
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 25
Young male impersonator in top hat and suit
357
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1
Costume series
Box 1 Folder 19
Couple in fancy dress
187
1905
14.1 x 9.2 cm
Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Three muskateers and gardener
188
1905
9.1 x 14.2 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Postcard of four women: three dressed as 17th-century musketeers and one dressed as a male gardener wearing a work apron and heavy clogs and holding a rake. The two women at the center are the same one who appear in the "Couple in Fancy Dress" postcard, and they are standing in the same garden.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Male impersonators in costume
189
1905
9 x 14 cm
Scope and Contents
Postcard showing six women posing in front of the entry to a brick building. Three are dressed in the simple outfits of working women, including one wearing a long white apron; the other three are male impersonators dressed as a gendarme in uniform; a judge in robe, collar and chapeau; and one in a frock coat and fedora.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Female impersonators posing with a touring car
190
1905
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Postcard showing nine men posing in front of an open touring car on an estate with trees and buildings in the background. The man at the center is dressed as a grand society woman in a travel outfit including a heavy coat, flowered hat, fur muff and pocketbook. The men surrounding her are dressed in various costumes, including one likely as a chauffer, one as a butler with feather duster, one with a crêpe-de-chine false beard, and others in worker's coats and caps.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Female impersonators in 17th century costumes
191
1905
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Postcard showing eight men in 17th-century costumes, including two female impersonators. All are posed in front of a brick wall in a garden.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Female impersonators in costume
192
1905
creator: Lasseron, E.
8.8 x 13.8 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
Postcard showing ten men in a variety of costumes, including four dressed as women in dresses and wigs. All are posed in front of an exterior wall.
Melun, France
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 19
Flamenco dancers and aristocrats
193
1905
9 x 14 cm
Scope and Contents
Postcard showing five men in costume, including two as a male-female couple of flamenco dancers and two as a male-female couple of 18th-century French aristocrats.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 20
Historical Illustrations: Joan of Arc
Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431--Portraits
Box 1 Folder 20
Arrive a Chinon
194
1905
creator: Walery
14 x 9 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Historical scene showing Joan of Arc telling the dauphin of France that he will be crowned king at Reims. As is conventional for iconography of Joan during her period of combat, she wears men's clothing in this case, an elaborate doublet and riding boots. Conversely, this image steps outside the convention by including a halberd-bearer accompanying Joan; the footsoldier is played by a male impersonator. Inscription: "Addressed to Lucien Renault; signed "Ta soeurette [illegible]".
Paris, France
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 20
Jeanne d'Arc
195
1903
creator: A. Bergeret et Cie.
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Undivided verso. Postage stamp and postmark on verso.
Scope and Contents
Joan of Arc in a doublet, breastplate and helmet, holding a sword and battle standard against a smoky background. A doggerel verse printed in red at upper left on the recto recounts her victory over the English. Inscription: "Addressed to Jeanne Carlin. Brief unsigned message on recto."
Nancy, France
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 1 Folder 20
Jeanne d'Arc
196-204
1903
14.1 x 9.1 cm
Applied color
Scope and Contents
Complete series of eight postcards portraying key moments in the history of Joan of Arc. Each card has a caption indicating Joan's presence at a particular place, along with a date. The first postcard shows her dressed as a simple shepherd girl hearing mystical voices; the next five show her as the savior of France dressed in full armor, with a sword and battle standard, but with the long hair of a woman; the seventh shows her "devant ses juges" wearing a simple man's doublet; and the final card shows her forcibly returned to women's clothing, wearing a white gown while tied to the stake and licked by flames.
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 25
Jeanne d'Arc, victorieuse des Anglais dilvre Orleans
347
1905
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 1 Folder 21
Sweden
1905-1912
Sweden
Box 1 Folder 21
Music Hall, Theater, and Film
Box 1 Folder 21
Damimitator John Graffton
205
1910
creator: Hertzberg, Oscar
creator: Svenska Litografisk
13.8 x 8.9 cm
Divided verso.
Stockholm, Sweden
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Graffton, John
Box 1 Folder 21
John Graffton - Damimitator
206
1912
creator: Hertzberg, Oscar
13.8 x 8.6 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Graffton, John
Box 1 Folder 21
John Graffton, Krinolinparodist
207
1910
creator: Svenska Litografisk
13.9 x 8.9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Stockholm, Sweden
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Graffton, John
Box 2 Folder 7
Damimitator John Graffton
233
1905
creator: Svenska Litografiska
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Graffton, John
Box 2 Folder 7
John Grafton, Damimitator
234
1905
creator: Hertzberg, O.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Graffton, John
Box 2
Austria
1910
Box 2
Music Hall, Theater, and Film
Box 2 Folder 1
Betti Kuhn, weiblicher Gesangskomiker, preisgekront
208
1910
creator: Steinbock, J.
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Kuhn dressed as a gentleman with a top hat.
Vienna, Austria
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Kuhn, Betti
Box 2 Folder 1
Betti Kuhn, weiblicher Gesangskomiker, preisgekront
209
1910
creator: Steinbock, J.
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Kuhn dressed as a dandy with a monocle.
Vienna, Austria
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Kuhn, Betti
Box 2 Folder 1
Betti Kuhn, weiblicher Gesangskomiker, preisgekront
210
1910
creator: Steinbock, J.
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Kuhn dressed as a man holding a fly fishing rod.
Vienna, Austria
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Kuhn, Betti
Box 2 Folder 1
Betti Kuhn, weiblicher Gesangskomiker, preisgekront
211
1910
creator: Steinbock, J.
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Kuhn dressed in a military uniform holding a saber and a battalion flag.
Vienna, Austria
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Kuhn, Betti
Box 2 Folder 1
Betti Kuhn, weiblicher Gesangskomiker, preisgekront
212
1910
creator: Steinbock, J.
14 x 9.1 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Kuhn dressed in an informal suit, holding a cigarette.
Vienna, Austria
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Kuhn, Betti
Box 2
Belgium
1915
Box 2 Folder 2
Music Hall, Theater, and Film
Box 2 Folder 2
Male impersonator as 18th-century aristocrat
213
1915
14 x 8.8 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Spain
1900
Box 2 Folder 6
Music Hall, Theater, and Film
Box 2 Folder 6
Carbonell-Lopez
232
1900
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Undivided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Two male impersonators dressed in folk-dance suits against studio backdrop of café.
Madrid, Spain
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
United Kingdom
1900-1931
Box 2
Music Hall, Theater, and Film
Box 2 Folder 8
Miss Sybil Arnudale
235
1909
creator: Bromochrom
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Male impersonator dressed as 18th-century male aristocrat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Arnudale, Sybil
Box 2 Folder 8
Mr. Wilkie Bard
236
1910
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bard, Wilkie
Box 2 Folder 8
Female impersonator as Edwardian bride
237
1910
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Benson, Ally
Box 2 Folder 8
Bessie Bonehill
238
1904
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Bonehill, Bessie
Box 2 Folder 8
Mr. Herbert Campbell
239
1903
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Campbell, Herbert
Box 2 Folder 8
Baroness and Baron, Cinderella, Brixton Theatre
240
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Conway, Tom
French, George
Box 2 Folder 8
Miss Zena Dare as Duc de Richelieu in The Dashing Little Duke
241
1910
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Dare, Zena
Box 2 Folder 8
Miss Zena Dare in Peter Pan
242
1906
creator: Davidson Brothers
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Dare, Zena
Box 2 Folder 8
Fred Emney
243
1910
creator: Gray, Campbell
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Emeny, Fred, Sr.
Box 2 Folder 8
Maudie Goodman
244
1910
creator: Imperial Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Longton, England
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Goodman, Maudie
Box 2 Folder 8
"Tommie" Hunter
245
1931
creator: Foster and Harwood
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Brighton, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Hunter, Tommie
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hetty King
246
1909
creator: Rotary Photo
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
King wearing day suit and top hat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hetty King
247
1907
creator: Whitlock
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Signed and inscribed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
King wearing suit and boater hat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hettie King
248
1905
creator: Whitlock
creator: Rotary Photo
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
King wearing suit and boater hat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hetty King
249
1910
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
King wearing braided coat and cap with chin strap.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hetty King
250
1910
creator: Bamber, J.P.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
King dressed as military officer.
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Hetty King
251
1906
creator: Brown, R.
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Inscribed. Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
King dressed as sailor with pipe.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 9
Miss Hetty King says when you go home - follow the tram lines.
252
1910
creator: Tear, Herbert
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Offset lithographs
King, Hetty
Box 2 Folder 10
Lane? "La Maxixe."
253
1906
creator: Hana Studios Ltd.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 10
Miss Rita Leggiero as "Little Hal" in "A White Man"
254
1908
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Promotional postcard for the 1908 London production of A White Man at the Lyric Theatre.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Leggiero, Rita
Box 2 Folder 10
Miss Edna May
255
1906
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
creator: W. and D. Downey
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
May, Edna (1878-1948)
Box 2 Folder 10
Miss Gertie Millar
256
1905
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Promotional postcard for a 1905 London musical The Spring Chicken.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Millar, Gertie (1879-1952)
Box 2 Folder 10
Miss Evelyn Millard "Robin Hood"
257
1907
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Millard, Evelyn (1869-1941)
Box 2 Folder 10
Female impersonators Ben and Jim Obo
258
1920
creator: Dyche
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Signed.
Birmingham, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Obo, Ben
Obo, Jim
Box 2 Folder 10
Molly Poulton
259
1900
creator: Hana Photo
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Poulton dressed in white bow tie and top hat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Poulton, Molly
Box 2 Folder 11
Molly Poulton
260
1900
creator: Hana Photo
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Poulton dressed in white bow tie and top hat.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Poulton, Molly
Box 2 Folder 11
Mr. Harry Randall
261
1905
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Randall, Harry or Randall, Thomas William (1857-1932)
Box 2 Folder 11
Mr. Harry Randall
262
1907
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Randall, Harry or Randall, Thomas William (1857-1932)
Box 2 Folder 11
Miss Gabrielle Ray
263
1910
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Ray dressed as sailor.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Ray, Gabrielle or Cook, Gabriell Elizabeth Clifford (1883-1973)
Box 2 Folder 11
Mr. George Robey
264
1910
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Robey, George or Wade, Sir George Edward (1869-1954)
Box 2 Folder 11
Mr. Fred Spencer
265
1905
creator: J. White and Son
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Littlehampton, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Spencer, Fred
Box 2 Folder 12
Vesta Tilley
266
1903
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Brown, Barnes and Bell
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Tilley wearing top hat and carrying walking stick.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
267
1903
creator: Rapid Photo Co.
creator: Brown, Barnes and Bell
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Tilley wearing top hat and carrying walking stick.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
268
1906
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
269
1905
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Three images recto. Divided verso. No inscription.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
270
1906
creator: J. Beagles and Co.
14 x 9 cm
The figure has applied color and the background is overlaid with gold leaf. Divided verso, inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
271
1905
creator: Rapid Photo Co.
creator: Brown, Barnes and Bell
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 12
Miss Vesta Tilley
272
1908
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Two images recto. Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Vesta Tilley
273
1905
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Tilley sitting at a writing desk.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Miss Vesta Tilley
274
1904
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Brown, Barnes and Bell
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
Tilley dressed as a sailor.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Miss Vesta Tilley
275
1905
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: James Bacon and Sons
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Vesta Tilley
276
1910
creator: Woolstone Brothers
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Part of the Milton "Glossette" series.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Vesta Tilley
277
1910
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Vesta Tilley
278
1915
creator: Philco Publishing Co.
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Tilley dressed as a soldier.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Miss Vesta Tilley in Khaki
279
1915
creator: David Allen and Sons
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Sale of these postcards was intended for donation to the War Relief Funds.
London, England
Male impersonators
Photochroms
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 13
Miss Vesta Tilley
280
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Tilley in day gown climbing out of town car. Part of "The Star Series" by G.D. and D., London
London, England
Relief halftones (prints)
Tilley, Vesta or Powles, Matilda Alice (1864-1952)
Box 2 Folder 14
Jack Whymont
281
1920
creator: King and Wilson
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Bognor, England
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Whymont, Jack
Box 2 Folder 14
Georgie Wood as Vesta Tilley
282
1905
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Collotypes (prints)
Wood, George (1894-1979)
Box 2 Folder 14
Winifred Ward
283
1905
14 x 9 cm
Signed. Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Ward, Winifred
Box 2 Folder 14
Miss Winifred Ward
284
1910
creator: Rotary Photo, E.C.
creator: Foulsham and Banfield
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Ward, Winifred
Box 2 Folder 14
Miss Winifred Ward, "Jack Horner" Pantomime, Princess Theatre, Bristol
285
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Ward, Winifred
Box 2 Folder 14
Mr. Huntley Wright in "A Country Girl"
286
1910
creator: Eillis and Walery
creator: J. Beagles and Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Wright, Huntley (1868-1941)
Box 2 Folder 14
Mr. Huntley Wright
287
1910
creator: Eillis and Walery
creator: J. Beagles and Co.
14 x 4.8 cm
Bookmark format postcard.
Scope and Contents
Same image as postcard 286.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Wright, Huntley (1868-1941)
Box 2 Folder 14
Mr. Huntley Wright
288
1910
creator: Eillis and Walery
creator: J. Beagles and Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Wright, Huntley (1868-1941)
Box 2 Folder 14
My Lady Molly Act I
289
1903
creator: J. Beagles and Co.
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
London, England
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Humor
Box 2 Folder 29
O, du lieber Augustin
362
1905
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 2 Folder 29
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed
363
1905
creator: Bamforth and Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Holmfirth, England
New York, New York, United States
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
I'm not so dispoged
364
1910
creator: C.W. Faulkner and Co.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
London, England
Female impersonators
Photomechanical prints
Box 2 Folder 29
Men and male impersonators in work clothes
365
1910
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Male and female impersonators in day wear
366
1905
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Male impersonator in suit and fedora
367
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Male impersonators in suits on porch
368
1903
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Two male impersonators
369
1905
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Male impersonators playing fiddles
370
1905
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 29
Man and male impersonator in patriotic costumes
371
1920
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Male impersonators with rakes and pitchforks by hay mounds
372
1914
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Women and male impersonators as wedding party
373
1910
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Male impersonators smoking cigars
374
1910
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Male impersonators in front of stack of lumber
375
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Male impersonators dressed as a soldier and a sailor
376
1915
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Two male impersonators and one female impersonator
377
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Has any one seen Kelly? I've got his job
378
1910
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Male impersonator
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 2 Folder 30
Waiting for the males
379
1907
creator: Eckstone, C.
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 30
Woman with two male impersonators as suitors
380
1910
creator: Westbrook, Jessie
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Defiance, Iowa
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Germany
1903-1918
Box 2
Troops and POW shows, WWI
Box 2 Folder 17
Ca sent la fuite!! Revue de A. Delarue
294
1918
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. Inscribed.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Markings includes censor's clearance stamp.
Gustrow, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 17
Dulmen Theatre du camp. "Le Veilleur de Nuit." (1 acte)
295
1915
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso. No inscription.
Scope and Contents
Production of 1911 play by Sacha Guitry by French prisoners at the Dulmen POW camp in North Rhine - Westphalia.
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 17
The English Theatre
296
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
14 x 9 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 17
The English Theatre
297
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
9 x 14 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 17
The English Theatre
298
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
14 x 9 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 17
The French Theatre
299
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
9 x 14 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 17
The French Theatre
300
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
9 x 14 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 18
The French Theatre
301
1915
creator: Tellgman, Hans
9 x 14 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical by prisonors of camp in Langensalza, Germany. Captions in Frnech, English and Russian.
Langensalza, Germany
Female impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Box 2 Folder 18
La Fin Tragique
302
1915
9 x 14 cm
Scope and Contents
Printed verso includes lines for permited information, limited to name and address of sender and recipient.
Konigsbruck, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
English Theater, Lager Cottbus. Miss Russon, J.A. Butler
303
1915
creator: Tharan, Paul
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. No inscription.
Cottbus, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
Kriegsgef, Lager Cottbus. Russ. Theater
304
1915
creator: Tharan, Paul
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Inscribed.
Cottbus, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
Russ Theater, Lager Cottbus
305
1915
creator: Tharan, Paul
14 x 9 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Inscribed.
Cottbus, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
English Theater
306
1915
creator: Tharan, Paul
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Inscribed.
Cottbus, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
Theatre francais, groupe d'artists
307
1918
creator: Magenmiller, Ilse
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Inscribed.
Ingolstadt, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
La Valse de Soissons
308
1915
creator: Muller, Walter
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. Inscribed.
Paderborn, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2 Folder 18
English POW theatrical
309
1915
creator: Skowranek, Otto
9 x 14 cm
Divided verso.
Scope and Contents
POW theatrical. No inscription.
Berlin, Germany
Female impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Gallant
Box 2 Folder 24
Officer and girl
346
1910
creator: Neue Photographische Gesellschaft
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Berlin, Germany
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Humor
Box 2 Folder 26
Der Marketendersepple
258
1903
creator: Sauter, Ernst
9 x 14 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
Schonach, Germany
Female impersonators
Relief halftones (prints)
Box 2 Folder 26
Peasant couple
259
1906
9 x 14 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Offset lithographs
Box 2
United States
1906-1911
Box 2
Music Hall, Theater and Film
Box 2 Folder 15
Dolores Costello of the Vitagraph Players
290
1911
creator: Vitagraph Company of America
14 x 9 cm
Blank verso.
Scope and Contents
Costello dressed as a sailor.
Brooklyn, New York
Male impersonators
Collotypes (prints)
Costello, Dolores (1903-1979)
Box 2 Folder 15
Chinese Actor impersonating a female character, Chinese Theatre, 623 Jackosn Street, San Francisco
291
1906
14 x 9 cm
Undivided verso. Inscribed.
San Francisco, California
Female impersonators
Photochroms
Box 2
Italy
1917
Box 2
Humor
Box 2 Folder 27
Male impersonator as soldier
360
1917
14 x 9 cm
Applied color. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.
Box 2
Romania
1924
Box 2
Humor
Box 2 Folder 28
Young male impersonator as sailor
361
1924
creator: Baraschy
14 x 9 cm
Toned. Divided verso. Inscribed.
Bucharest, Romania
Male impersonators
Gelatin silver prints.