Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Sex and Gender in Salon Society: antique photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 10, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: antique photo, female impersonator, LGBT history, queer history

Special thanks to reader Amanda for sharing this fantastic image of one of the most interesting private parties I've seen. It raises so many intriguing questions about the people, the relationships, the reason for the celebration, and the high-class locale. Looks to be 1900-1920 or so. Any guesses?

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A. (usually a lurker) | August 11, 2010 9:27 AM

you're welcome,
its from a collection of old unusual photographs, almost all of the photographs are referenced but not this one (cost me just 25 cents)
I love the couple on the left, the way the groom is dressed/standing (is he wearing blush?)
i wonder...the sitting couple look so serious
the decorations, including the white runner on the floor, flower petals (?)
the mock shock from the fellow on the right -and is it just me-i think the fellow on the far right wants to be somewhere else...