James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag.

[between 1901 and 1999?]
Part of:
The James Gardiner Collection.
  • Pictures

Collection contents

Online resources

  • Related materials at Wellcome Library Listen to an interview with James Gardiner: View resource

About this work

Also known as

Previous title: Green Album


The album contains a mixture of 237 photographs, prints and postcards depicting theatrical female impersonation and drag performed in military camps, prisoner of war camps, ships and other military settings in the UK and Europe, c.1910s-1920s. Many of the postcards contain messages on the reverse.

Whilst female impersonation during the late 19th and 20th centuries was seen primarily as a form of entertainment, the images can also be read to show hidden sexual and gender non-conforming identities. Some of the catalogue records contain a description provided by James Gardiner which may include his own interpretation or further contextual information on the image and its subjects.


[between 1901 and 1999?]

Physical description

1 album : photographic prints, process prints


Wellcome Collection 2921428i

Where to find it

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