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A sailor in drag on S.S. Caronia. Photograph, 195-.

[between 1950 and 1959?]
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Very convincing amateur drag, mid 1950s. An unidentified merchant seamen on board S.S. Caronia. The Merchant Navy to some degree provided a bolt-hole for many 'obvious' homosexuals in the 1950s, when the laws prohibiting any kind of homosexual activity were rigidly enforced in the United Kingdom following the spy scandals of Burgess and Maclean, and the Montague/Wildeblood trial of 1954. Gay life, however, flourished on board large ocean-going liners such as the Caronia, where drag parties and pageants were a regular entertainment for the crew (and sometimes the passengers) (James Gardiner)


[between 1950 and 1959?]

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1 photograph : photoprint ; sheet 12.9 x 8.2 cm


Wellcome Library no. 2064359i

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  • The James Gardiner Collection

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