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John Lindstrom (? Lind) in drag. Photographic postcard, 19--.

Date:
[between 1900 and 1999]
Reference:
2064299i
Part of:
The James Gardiner Collection. Photographs.
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Description

John Lindstrom (1877-1940). "? Lind", as he was usually billed, was a Swedish female impersonator who toured the world with his wife, appearing to great critical acclaim all over Europe, Scandinavia and the United States before World War I. Testament to his popularity in London is the fact that his photographs were published by the Rotary Company, which generally publicised better-known artists, and produced postcards in very large print runs. He retired in 1923. He was noted for his classical dancing abilities, and the tiny waist achieved with the help of corsetry. The question mark following 'Mr' printed on the postcard suggests they perform with an androgynous gender expression.

Publication/Creation

[London] (E.C.) : Rotary Photo, [between 1900 and 1999]

Physical description

1 photographic postcard ; 13.7 x 8.5 cm

Lettering

Mr? Lind. Rotary Photo. E.C.

Notes

This work is untitled: the title has been supplied by the cataloguer for identification purposes.

References note

Jacob Bloomfield, 'Splinters: cross-dressing ex-servicemen on the interwar stage', Twentieth century British history, 2019, 30: 1-28, p. 9 (on "?Lind?")

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2064299i

Lettering note

Lettering printed in black on bottom recto

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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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