Item #20202 20th Century Cross-Dressing Extensive Photo Archive. LGBTQ Cross-Dressing.
20th Century Cross-Dressing Extensive Photo Archive
20th Century Cross-Dressing Extensive Photo Archive
20th Century Cross-Dressing Extensive Photo Archive

20th Century Cross-Dressing Extensive Photo Archive

Photo Archive

[Cross-Dressing] [LGBTQ] Archive of 21 photographs of people partaking in various forms of gender expression spanning 60 years from the 1920s-1980s. 11 are black and white silver gelatin photos, 1 is an original photo post card, and 9 are color photos. Each measure between 1.5" x 2" to 3.5" x 5" with most being somewhere in the middle. Partially identified with some having inscriptions en verso. A couple shots from the late 1920s shows two people of male birth dressed bathing suits, dresses, lingerie, and heels common of women's fashion. The en verso reads "Earl Ziebel and "Toots" Russell, Birds' Nest Hotel, Dowagiac , Michigan" Two other photographs from the early 1930s show two individuals of male and female birth in clothing socially opposite to their assigned sexes. The two people are posed on a porch with wide and cheerful expressions, embracing each other with a caption en verso; "Burlesques by Jacob ___ + Carry Janger, 4th of July 1930,1931, or 32." Many of the early 20th century photographs were taken outdoors, which was considered risky due to the illegality of the act. Five photos from 1969 show a group of male born friends expressing gender identity through stylish fashion choices, make up and wigs. The friends seem to be joyful and finding solace within the company of each other. Another photo from the late 1960s to early 1970s shows a person of male birth outside by a set of cars in a mini summer dress smoking a cigarette and drinking a cool refreshment in the sunlight. The last four photos show to be from the 1980s of a queer performance including people of male birth in a "drag" show with glitzy outfits as an audience of people various genders and ages watch in amazement. In the United States, "cross-dressing" has been used as a catchall term for queer gender expression. Considering the harsh legal ramifications of cross-dressing, these photographs show private rebellions against the constraints of heteronormative society. Because of the legal and social risks taken by these subjects, the historic record they left behind is marked with courage. This album includes several different forms of gender expression in a time when any instance of queer action was rarely displayed in public to a time period after the civil rights movement allowed for more freedom of expression. Photos are crisp and clear. Overall very good condition.

Item #20202

Price: $2,400.00

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