Fred Spencer smoking a pipe.

[between 1920 and 1929]
Part of:
The James Gardiner Collection.
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Fred Spencer smoking a pipe. In copyright. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Also known as

Previous title, replaced April 2022 Fred Spencer in male dress smoking a pipe. Photographic postcard, 192-.


Photograph of Fred Spencer seated in profile looking down wearing a dark suit and smoking a pipe.


[England?] : [publisher not identified], [between 1920 and 1929]

Physical description

1 photographic postcard ; 13.7 x 8.6 cm


Mrs Avis yours truly Fred Spencer 1927 (written in ink, recto)


The following description was provided by James Gardiner: "Fred Spencer out of costume. The British music hall comedian Fred Spencer (fl. 1880-after 1949), a much-loved pantomime dame for three generations. His roles, as Widow Twanky, Jack's Mother in Jack and the Beanstalk, the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella, were all pretty much interchangeable, and designed to aid as much as possible the physical comedy of these performances."
This work is untitled: the title has been supplied by the cataloguer.


Wellcome Collection 2064349i


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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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