Bert Errol, in drag, dressed as a bride. Photographic postcard by Apeda, 192-.
- Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.)
- [between 1920 and 1925?]
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He is holding a bouquet of flowers and wears a veil-like cloak. Bert Errol (1883-1949), was to some extent extent the British counterpart to Julian Eltinge. By the age of eighteen he was appearing as a concert singer in his home town of Birmingham, singing in a strong tenor voice. By the time of his first appearance in London, at the Pavilion in 1909, his act had evolved into a series of impersonations of popular female singers, as well as characters of his own devising. As his act developed into the 1920s, it became more comedy-based, and his routines featured lightning-fast costume changes. Film exists of one such routine, showing how the rapid changes were effected with the unseen help of his wife, who waited in the wings with specially made costumes and props at the ready. His long and successful career took him all over Europe and on several highly successful tours of America. Despite his large and definitely masculine features, photographs reveal a very stylish and fashionable figure, and he enjoyed a long and successful career, dying in Brighton in 1949. The present photograph by Apeda, New York, shows Errol in character as a bride on one of his highly successful American tours, early 1920s (James Gardiner)