Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Dressing Up in the 1950s: Vintage trans photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 30, 2010 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: crossdressing, MTF, trans history, transvestite, transwomen, vintage trans

A sweet and bittersweet photo, showing the humble beginnings of trans community in repressed times, probably ca. late 1950's. They look like they're attending a party together. My first thought was the legendary annual "Texas T Party" (which stopped running in 1998), an event where heterosexual transvestites could find community.

Anyone familiar enough with the history to take a guess at the when and where of this photo?

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Angela Brightfeather | November 30, 2010 4:37 PM

Not a Texas T Party I am sure.
I think that if anything, (assuming that they are hetero CD's) it could be even prior to a Virginia Prince, Hose and Heels meeting. Although it looks more like a few gay men, camping it up a bit in drag to me. Most CD's that I knew back in the day, would have dressed to be more passable in street clothes.

The trans community began long before the 50's. One should caution when providing an analysis of a photo of what may or may not be trans folk. This looks to me like a few gay men playing dress up. Trans folk do not play dress up.