Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Vintage drag: Boyz will be Can-Can Girlz

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 23, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: trans history, vintage cabinet card, vintage photo, vintage trans

Love this merry 1930s cabinet card. Shall we dance?


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Sue Lefkowitz | February 23, 2010 9:59 AM

Doesn't look like Joel Grey. Is this from Weimar? Listening to the speeches from the 'conservative" convention that just concluded, it sounds eerily like the beginning of the backlash that occurred among German 'conservatives" because of the expansion of Gay rights during Weimar. There was some Republican gasbag on Rachel Maddow's show who advocated recriminalizing Gay sex. Listening to the viscious homophobia coming from David Caton and Tim Widmon makes me real nervous. Maybe I saw Caberet too many times

Uhm... one minor thing. This doesnt look so much like a can-can outfit as it does something you'd see in one of Monet's paintings of ballerinas -- as does the pose, for that matter. I'm kinda betting this was something along the lines of a group similar in mindset to the old Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Eep! You are so right. I have the wrong title on this one (smiting forehead).

Awww, cute! I agree with Sean that this looks more like a Monet ballerina... definitely not a can-can costume.