Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Turn-of-the-Century TransLovelies

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 14, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: female impersonator, gay performers, GLBT, trans history, transgender performer

Fabulous vintage photo, ca.1910 - 1920. I have no idea who these lovely women are or where they were performing but I sure wish I could have watched their show!


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Dan Massey | July 14, 2010 3:46 PM

Harvard's Hasty Pudding has been doing drag theatricals annually since 1896. This looks a little fancy for them, but then maybe things were different in the 19th century.

What a great picture. It must have been a very high class social event.

Obviously David Johansen in the middle. So this must be the near-mythical New York Dolls, Mk.I line-up! Few realize how many hard years they put into developing the act and image before they hit big.