Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Darling Man Dance: Early 20th century gay/drag ball

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 28, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: drag show, gay dance, gay history, trans history, transwomen, vintage photo

Another fabulous find, this vintage photo seems to be ca. 1920s-30s. I love everything about this precious piece of history -- except for not knowing the story behind it. A private event? A gay nightclub? US? Berlin? Agh! Any thoughts, oh wise readers?

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As a fan of movies from the 1930s, I would guess that the picture was taken then, probably in Germany. The hat being worn at the far left may give more clues about where the picture was taken. The hair cuts also suggest the 1930s. Only a guess....

The guy on the right looking down rather mournfully is so beautiful.

i suspect this photo is by brassai, as this looks very similar:
http://innahistoria.blogspot.com/2009/04/queer-dance.html

...have you seen this one?
http://www.pict.com/view/3967097/0/ssss

i am desperate to find out who this is by. :( - i think it's also brassai, but haven't been able to prove it. any ideas?

i think this is kinda funny. who are those people?!