Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Egyptomania: antique female impersonator

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 24, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: antique photo, female impersonator, theatre memorabilia, theatrical drag, trans performer

Another rare find, this image -- without any provenance or explanation -- showing a male dancer costumed as an Egyptian female. The photo appears to be from 1890-1920. Probably from a theatre performance or vaudeville production. But I can't help wondering if this photo was commissioned by someone who enjoyed thinking of this slim-hipped actor in the sheer, feminine dress. Any guesses?


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