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  1. A Close Up of a Seated Performer

     
    Collection: Military
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator: Sanford, Pat, Cross, Dan
    Date: circa 1942 to circa 1945
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Military, Musicals, Photographs, Plays, Soldiers
    Subject: Look At Us Now
    Description: A performer wearing a two-piece dress and matching hat poses sitting for a photograph. This may be a photograph of Private First Class Samuel Cohen.
  2. A Performer Sits in a Chair for a Photograph

     
    Collection: Military
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator: Sanford, Pat, Cross, Dan
    Date: circa 1942 to circa 1945
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Military, Musicals, Photographs, Plays, Soldiers
    Subject: Look At Us Now
    Description: A performer in the show, "Look At Us Now", sits in a chair posing in a two-piece dress. This photograph may be of Private First Class Samuel Cohen.
  3. A Seated Performer Poses for a Photograph

     
    Collection: Military
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator: Sanford, Pat, Cross, Dan
    Date: circa 1942 to circa 1945
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Military, Musicals, Photographs, Plays, Soldiers
    Subject: Look At Us Now
    Description: A performer poses seated in a chair wearing a two piece dress and matching hat. This may be a photograph of Private First Class Samuel Cohen.
  4. A Seated Performer Poses for a Photograph

     
    Collection: Military
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator: Sanford, Pat, Cross, Dan
    Date: circa 1942 to circa 1945
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Military, Musicals, Photographs, Plays, Soldiers
    Subject: Look At Us Now
    Description: A seated performer poses in a two-piece dress. This may be a photograph of Private First Class Samuel Cohen.
  5. Actors (female impersonator on left) at San Quentin State Prison, Marin County, California, circa 1915

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1915
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Prisoners, Prisons
    Description: Actors (a female impersonator on left) pose for a portrait at San Quentin State Prison, circa 1915. San Quentin State Prison opened in 1852, making it California’s oldest prison. Inmate labor built...
  6. Albany Protest to Legalize Crossdressing

     
    Collection: ONE Archives Online Materials
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator: Silverthorn, Richard
    Date: Mar. 14, 1971
    Topics: Crossdressing, Demonstrations, Legal status, Transgender Latinx
    Subject: Lee Brewster, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: March 14th, 1971 protest in Albany, New York to legalize crossdressing. Lee Brewster is pictured on the left, Sylvia Rivera on the right. See Drag Magazine volume 1 issue 3 (1971) for coverage of t...
  7. Alison Laing and Emily Sheldon Perform at Fantasia Fair

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1975 to circa 1999
    Topics: Costume, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Alison Laing, Emily Sheldon, Fantasia Fair
    Description: An unidentified woman (left), Emily Sheldon (center), and Alison Laing (right) performing at Fantasia Fair. Undated.
  8. Alison Laing and Lynnette Perform at Fantasia Fair Follies

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: 1990
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events, Singing, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Alison Laing, Fantasia Fair, Fantasia Fair Follies, Lynnette
    Description: Alison Laing (left) and Lynnette (right) sing together at Fantasia Fair Follies. Undated.
  9. Alison Laing and Unidentified Woman in Costume

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1975 to circa 1999
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events
    Subject: Alison Laing
    Description: Alison Laing (left) and an unidentified woman (right) pose at a party dressed in tuxedos. Undated.
  10. Alison Laing and Unidentified Woman Onstage

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1975 to circa 1999
    Topics: Cowgirls, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events, Theatre (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Alison Laing
    Description: Alison Laing (left) and unidentified woman (right), dressed as cowgirls, perform onstage. Undated.
  11. Amy, Kewpie, and Stella at a Go-go Party

     
    Collection: Kewpie Photographs
    Institution: Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1960 to circa 1985
    Topics: Beauty operators, Crossdressing, Gender minorities, Parties
    Subject: Kewpie
    Description: left to right: Amy; Kewpie; Stella
  12. A/PLG Drag Performance

     
    Collection: ONE Archives Online Materials
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1990 to 2000?
    Topics: Asian American gays, Crossdressing, Pacific Islander American gays
    Description: Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) drag performance. Undated.
  13. Ariadne Kane Looks in Mirror

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1980 to circa 1997
    Topics: Cosmetics, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events
    Subject: Ariadne Kane
    Description: Ariadne Kane is pictured smiling in the mirror, likely after getting hair and makeup done. Undated.
  14. Autographed Bert Errol Portrait

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1916
    Topics: Crossdressing, Photography
    Subject: Bert Errol
  15. Belinda, 1967

     
    Collection: Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Strömholm, Christer
    Date: 1967
    Topics: Crossdressing, Fur garments, MtFs, Transgender prostitutes, Transsexual people
    Subject: Les Amies de Place Blanche
  16. Bob White, Lynn Carter and Unknown Perform a Scene

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1960
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photography, Theatre shows
    Subject: Bob White, Jewel Box Revue, Lynn Carter
  17. Bobby Lake and Unidentified Dancers in Jewel Box Revue

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1960
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dance, Female impersonators, Photography, Theatre shows
    Subject: Bob H., Bobby Lake, Clinton, im Challander, Teddy Duncan
  18. Bothwell Browne as "Miss Jack"

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1900-1950)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1919
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Musicals, Photographs, Stage fencing
    Subject: Bothwell Browne
    Description: Bothwell Browne photograph for the Broadway production, Miss Jack at the Herald Square Theatre.
  19. Bothwell Browne as the Fencing Girl in "Miss Jack"

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to circa 1919
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressing, Photography
    Subject: Bothwell Browne, Miss Jack, Winning a Gibson Widow
  20. Bothwell Browne Posing with Sword

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1900-1950)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1919
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Musical theatre, Photographs, Stage fencing
    Subject: Bothwell Browne
    Description: Bothwell Browne photograph for the Broadway production, Miss Jack at the Herald Square Theatre.
  21. Brian and Kay Kendall Kiss in a Group Picture

     
    Collection: Kewpie Photographs
    Institution: Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1950 to circa 1980
    Topics: Crossdressing, Kissing, Parties
    Subject: Brian Armino, Kay Kendall, Mrs. Mills
    Description: This photo was captioned by Kewpie when the photos were transferred to GALA in 1999: ‘The gang in Greenpoint at a party stage with the late Brian kissing Kay Kendall’, De Smidt Street’ : Mrs Mills...
  22. Brian and Kewpie at Kewpie's New Year's Eve Party

     
    Collection: Kewpie Photographs
    Institution: Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1975 to circa 1979
    Topics: Couples, Crossdressing, Gender minorities, Parties, Partners (LGBTQ)
    Subject: Brian Armino, Kewpie
    Description: This photo was captioned by Kewpie when the photos were transferred to GALA in 1999
  23. Britain's Foremost Female Impersonator Jimmy Slater

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1900-1949)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1920 to circa 1939
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photography
    Subject: Jimmy Slater
  24. Bud Wearing a Woman's Outfit During Christmas

     
    Collection: Miscellaneous Photographs
    Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1967
    Topics: Christmas, Crossdressing, Photography
    Description: Christmas 1967, Lafayette father of Donor at Christmas wearing a gift that had been given to his mother by relatives. Father’s name: Bud – mom’s name: Marilyn.
  25. Carmen Del Ray and David Hummel (1)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1968?
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photography
    Subject: Carmen Del Ray, David Hummel
  26. Christine Hochberg

     
    Collection: Alison Laing's Photographs
    Institution: Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1975 to circa 1999
    Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, LGBTQ events
    Subject: Alison Laing, Christine Hochberg
    Description: Christine Hochberg (foreground) poses for a photo at a convention in evening wear. Alison Laing can be seen in the background. Undated.
  27. Christopher Morley as Marilyn Monroe

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: 1980 to 1990
    Topics: Actors, Celebrity impersonators, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photographic models
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Marilyn Monroe
    Description: Full length photo of Christopher Morley as Marilyn Monroe, in a white dress.
  28. Christopher Morley as Marilyn Monroe (2)

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: 1980 to 1990
    Topics: Actors, Celebrity impersonators, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photographic models
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Marilyn Monroe
  29. Christopher Morley in Playboy Photoshoot

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: 1975
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photographic models
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Playboy
    Description: In the first photo, Christopher Morley portrays a man, and in the second he portrays the woman.
  30. Christopher Morley Portrait

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: 1980 to 1990
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photographic models
    Subject: Christopher Morley
  31. Christopher Morley Portraying Policewoman in Magnum P.I.

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Universal Television
    Date: Jan. 7, 1982
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Female impersonators in motion pictures
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Magnum P.I.
    Description: Christopher Morley portraying a policewoman in the Magnum P.I. episode “The Jororo Kill,” (January 7, 1982). In the episode, Morley also appeared as a nun, and as a man.
  32. Christopher Morley Portrays Cross-Dressing Assassin (1973) (1)

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Warner Bros.
    Date: 1973
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Female impersonators in motion pictures, Film
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Freebie And The Bean
    Description: Still image taken from the 1974 movie "Freebie and the Bean."
  33. Christopher Morley Portrays Cross-Dressing Assassin (1973) (2)

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Warner Bros.
    Date: 1973
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators in motion pictures
    Subject: Christopher Morley, Freebie And The Bean
    Description: Still image taken from the 1974 movie "Freebie and the Bean." Text appears at the bottom that reads "WARNER BROS. A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY Presents 'FREEBIE AND THE BEAN' PANAVISION, TECHN...
  34. Christopher Morley Walking Runway in Dress

     
    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1970
    Topics: Actors, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Female impersonators
    Subject: Christopher Morley
    Description: Dual photograph featuring two poses of Christopher Morley.
  35. Clown Posing with Crossdressers

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Clowns, Crossdressing, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual event sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prison inmates held a field and track ...
  36. Coco Performing on Stage

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1950 to 1959?
    Topics: Crossdressing, Photography, Theatre shows
    Subject: Jewel Box Revue
    Description: Back of photo reads: "To my dear sister, Drake. You are a doll in all respects. Love, Coco. Jewel Box Revue"
  37. Costumed Participants at Wigstock

     
    Collection: ONE Archives Online Materials
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1994
    Topics: Crossdressing, Gay men, Manners and customs
    Description: Costumed participants at Wigstock. 1994.
  38. Crystal Rae Lee Love and an Unidentified Person Speak at the 1997 Christmas in July Carnival

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1997
    Topics: Carnivals, Crossdressing, Photography
    Subject: Christmas in July Carnival, Crystal Rae Lee Love
  39. Crystal Rae Lee Love at the 1997 Christmas in July Carnival

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1997
    Topics: Carnivals, Crossdressing, Photography
    Subject: Christmas in July Carnival, Crystal Rae Lee Love
  40. Cynthia

     
    Collection: Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Strömholm, Christer
    Date: 1960s
    Topics: Crossdressing, MtFs, Transgender prostitutes, Transsexual people
    Subject: Les Amies de Place Blanche
  41. Cynthia (2)

     
    Collection: Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Strömholm, Christer
    Date: 1960 to 1969
    Topics: Crossdressing, MtFs, Transgender prostitutes, Transsexual people
    Subject: Les Amies de Place Blanche
  42. Dance Act

     
    Collection: Prison Photographs
    Institution: California State Library
    Creator:
    Date: 1933
    Topics: Crossdressing, Dancers, Prisoners, Prisons, Vaudeville
    Description: Shows two men, one in jacket, hat and cane; the other dressed as woman in shorts and tights. Stamped on verso: "20th Annual Olympic Club Track & Field Meet at San Quentin prison, c. 1920." Annual...
  43. David Hummel as Beatrice Kay

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1953
    Topics: Crossdressing, Female impersonators, Photography
    Subject: David Hummel
  44. Donna Day at 1979 Houston Pride (1)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1979
    Topics: Crossdressing, Events, Female impersonators, Gay pride week, Photography, Public facilities
    Subject: Donna Day
  45. Donna Day at 1979 Houston Pride (2)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1979
    Topics: Crossdressing, Events, Female impersonators, Gay pride week, Photography, Public facilities
    Subject: Donna Day
  46. Donna Day at 1979 Houston Pride (3)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1979
    Topics: Crossdressing, Events, Female impersonators, Gay pride week, Photography, Public facilities
    Subject: Donna Day
  47. Donna Day at 1979 Houston Pride (4)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1979
    Topics: Crossdressing, Events, Female impersonators, Gay pride week, Photography, Public facilities
    Subject: Donna Day
  48. Donna Day at 1979 Houston Pride (5)

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1979
    Topics: Crossdressing, Events, Female impersonators, Gay pride week, Photography, Public facilities
    Subject: Donna Day
  49. Dorothy, John, and Helen Putnam

     
    Collection: ONE Archives Online Materials
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1910 to 1920?
    Topics: Crossdressing, Siblings
    Subject: Dorothy Putnam, Helen Putnam, John Putnam
    Description: Siblings Dot (Dorothy), John, and Helen Putnam playing with crossdressing. Undated.
  50. Dorothy Putnam and friend

     
    Collection: ONE Archives Online Materials
    Institution: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
    Creator:
    Date: 1916
    Topics: Crossdressing, Lesbians
    Description: Dorothy Putnam and friend playing the happy couple. 1916.