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The James Gardiner Collection. Photographs.

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2008789i
  • Pictures

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About this work

Description

Photographs, photographic postcards (many inscribed), a few programmes and other genres, collected by James Gardiner, ca. 1970-2013. Subjects: transgender people, comic homophobic prints, gay men, female impersonators and cross-dressers, with extensive sections on soldiers and sailors in World War I. They document and illustrate transgender and proto-gay culture mainly in the UK, America and Europe, together with a few from North Africa, mostly ca. 1860-1960

Physical description

1,082 photographs : photoprints

Contents

James Gardiner Collection: photographs of military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag (247 items). Originally titled 'Green Album'.
James Gardiner Collection: romantic fantasy and comic postcards, and photographs on gender and masculinity (288 items). Continental European hand coloured romantic fantasy postcards (mostly French, 1920-30). Rogues gallery: actors, writers, dancers, musicians, royalty etc.presenting gay public image. British and American comic postcards representing behaviour regarded as unmasculine. "The Dear Love of Comrades": private photographs 1900-1920 on gender play and masculine affection in the army, navy and theatre. Originally titled 'Blue Album'.
James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’ (266 items). Theatrical female impersonation and gender ambiguous individuals – music hall, commercial theatre, pantomime, amateur theatricals, 1860-1950. Mostly presentation photographs signed on the sheet, often with dedication. Originally titled 'Black Album labelled Drag'.
James Gardiner Collection: unlabelled photograph album (241 items). Material published for collection by gay men: homoerotica, "beefcake" photographs,classical sculptures and paintings of the male nude, wrestlers, strong men and idealized men, ethnographic nudes and Sicilian photographs by Von Gloeden and Von Pluschow, ca. 1890-1930. Originally titled 'Black Album Unlabelled'.
James Gardiner Collection: Victorian album. 35 cartes de visite presented in a 19th century photograph album depicting private and theatrical cross-dressing, mostly 1860s, including photographs of Boulton and Park
Copy of published book by James Gardiner: Who's a pretty boy then? : one hundred & fifty years of gay life in pictures, London ; New York : Serpent's Tail, 1997, which draws on the present collection and other collections
Undivided sheet of unmounted cabinet photographs
Undivided sheet of unmounted cartes de visite

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2008789i

Holdings

  • 1,077 photographs

Where to find it

  • Military, naval, and prisoner-of-war camp drag

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  • Romantic fantasy and comic postcards

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    Closed stores
  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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    Closed stores

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  • Unlabelled photograph album

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    Closed stores

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  • Victorian album

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    Closed stores

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