[Couple with fan and top hat] [Black couple]
- [Couple with fan and top hat] [Black couple]
- Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross-dressing in Europe and the United States, 1900-1930
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- Applied color
- Female impersonators
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
African American theater
- 14 x 9 (centimeters)
- Apparently a promotional photo for the Nouveau Cirque show "Joyeux Nègres", which was filmed by Louis Lumière. Black couple with one man (Charles Gregory) dressed in formal wear and one dressed in a flouncy gown, necklace and extravagant feathered hat (but no wig). The image introduces further confusion through swapping of highly gendered accessories: The man dressed as a man holds the woman’s fan, and the man dressed as a woman holds the man’s top hat. An exceptionally rare postcard—the only example I have documented of the genre representing black performers. Publisher’s monogram on recto. Circular rubber-stamp impression in pink ink on verso: “CARTES POSTALES DOCUMENTAIRES / 19___ / Collection Louis HESSENBRUCH / No____”. The 19 is followed by the numerals 55 written in black ink."
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- Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross-dressing, #7778. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
- Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
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- Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross-dressing
- France: Gallant scenes
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