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Background imageDrag Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, dog walking

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, dog walking -- a dog on a lead is more likely to want to fight others if you drag him away from every dog you meet. Date: 1927

Background imageDrag Collection: The Rocky Twins dressed in drag as the Dolly Sisters, Paris

The Rocky Twins dressed in drag as the Dolly Sisters, Paris, late 1920s late 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: The Rocky Twins dressed in drag as the Dolly Sisters, Paris

The Rocky Twins dressed in drag as the Dolly Sisters, Paris, late 1920s late 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Handley Page HP-80 Victor

Handley Page HP-80 Victor
RAF Handley Page Hp-80 Victor Landing at Radlett with Drag-Chutes Deployed Date: 1956

Background imageDrag Collection: A Concert behind the Lines by Fortunino Matania

A Concert behind the Lines by Fortunino Matania
Somewhere in France - a concert behind the lines. A concert troupe or divisional entertainment company often made up of a mix of professional and amateur actors

Background imageDrag Collection: Sangers Circus cyclist, Haverfordwest, South Wales

Sangers Circus cyclist, Haverfordwest, South Wales
A lady cyclist (probably a man in drag), one of the performers with Sangers Circus during a visit to Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales

Background imageDrag Collection: Foujita in Drag

Foujita in Drag
Japanese painter and engraver, Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), camping it up in drag, smoking with friends at a cabaret club

Background imageDrag Collection: The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet

The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet
The Poor Washerwoman - sung with typhoons of applause by Henri Clark - Music Sheet, written by Walter Hadtings and composed by W. T. Webb

Background imageDrag Collection: The Penmare Boozy-Doos, Hayle Carnival, Cornwall

The Penmare Boozy-Doos, Hayle Carnival, Cornwall
The Penmare Boozy-Doos at the Hayle Carnival, Cornwall -- men in drag, in drum majorette costumes. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageDrag Collection: Dan Leno as Mrs. Twankey 1897

Dan Leno as Mrs. Twankey 1897
Dan Leno (1860 1904), as Mrs.Twankey in Aladdin at Drury Lane Theatre, London. Leading English music hall comedian and musical theatre actor during the late Victorian era. Date: 1897

Background imageDrag Collection: Mr Malcolm Scott as Salome

Mr Malcolm Scott as Salome
Mr Malcolm Scott, Robert Falcon Scotts Brother (!!). Scott was one of the most famous female impersonators. He started his career as a straight actor at the Theatre Royal in Margate in 1886 but soon

Background imageDrag Collection: Ella Shields, WW1 entertainment

Ella Shields, WW1 entertainment
Ella Shields (1879-1952) music hall entertainer and male impersonator, most famous as Burlington Bertie from Bow dressed up as both a soldier and a sailor during the First World War. Date: 1917

Background imageDrag Collection: Firefighters in costume for an entertaining evening

Firefighters in costume for an entertaining evening
Men and women in costume for an entertaining evening at Stoke Newington Fire Station, 17 March 1920. Date: 1920

Background imageDrag Collection: Royal Horse Artillery Hounds, Shooters Hill, London

Royal Horse Artillery Hounds, Shooters Hill, London
Captain Reed-Scot of the Royal Horse Artillery (Woolwich) leading out his draghounds at Shooters Hill, London. The pack consisted of 18 couples of hounds, kept in adjoining kennels to some foxes

Background imageDrag Collection: Restored by Aesculapius

Restored by Aesculapius
Poseidons sea-monsters so terrify the horses of Hippolytus that they drag him to death; fortunately Asklepios is able to restore him to life

Background imageDrag Collection: Vought F-8 SCW 810 - N810NA - 141353

Vought F-8 SCW 810 - N810NA - 141353
NASA - Vought F-8 SCW 810 / N810NA / 141353 (msn 23), fitted with Richard Whitcomb;s Supercritical wing, to investigate drag in the transonic region. Date: 1970

Background imageDrag Collection: English Electric Canberra PR. 7 - PR. 9 prototype WH793

English Electric Canberra PR. 7 - PR. 9 prototype WH793
English Electric Canberra PR.7 (PR.9 prototype) WH793, at the 1955 SBAC Farnborough Air-show. A brand new PR.7 taken from the production line and converted by D. Napier and Sons Ltd

Background imageDrag Collection: Men and women in St Trinians costume, Cornwall

Men and women in St Trinians costume, Cornwall
Men and women in St Trinians school uniform, Cornwall, possibly university students during rag week. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageDrag Collection: Vought F-8 Crusader

Vought F-8 Crusader. An early F-8 - F8U, at the Naval Air Engineering Laboratory, on Mustin Field, part of the Philadelphia Naval Yard

Background imageDrag Collection: WW2 - A drag show by British PoWs held at Stalag XXI-D, a German World War II PoW Camp

WW2 - A drag show by British PoWs held at Stalag XXI-D, a German World War II PoW Camp based in Poznan (Posnan), Poland - the scene seems to be about a beauty contest in USA as the "

Background imageDrag Collection: Impersonator M. R. Bertin in an imitation of Mme Anna Thibaud

Impersonator M. R. Bertin in an imitation of Mme Anna Thibaud
The famousFrench female impersonator M.R. Bertin in an imitation of Mme Anna Thibaud Date: Pre-1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: The famous female impersonator M. R. Bertin

The famous female impersonator M. R. Bertin
The famous female impersonator M.R. Bertin in an imitation of Tan-Ichi Date: Pre-1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Impersonator M. R. Bertin in an imitation of Clotilde Algeria

Impersonator M. R. Bertin in an imitation of Clotilde Algeria
The famous French female impersonator M.R. Bertin in an imitation of Clotilde Algeria Date: Pre-1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: The famous French female impersonator M. R. Bertin as himself

The famous French female impersonator M. R. Bertin as himself
The famous French female impersonator M.R. Bertin as himself Date: Pre-1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: The famous Swedish female impersonator Lind

The famous Swedish female impersonator Lind (John Lind) Date: Pre-1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields (1898-1979) in Shipyard Sally'. Date: 1939

Background imageDrag Collection: Dame Edna Everage and Larry Hagman on a chat show

Dame Edna Everage and Larry Hagman on a chat show
Comic personality, Melbourne housewife and superstar (or gigastar) Dame Edna Everage (played by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries, b 1934) with the American actor Larry Hagman (b 1931)

Background imageDrag Collection: DEMONS SEIZE DEAD SOUL

DEMONS SEIZE DEAD SOUL
The soul of a recently deceased person is seized by demons who drag him down to Hell. Date: 16th century

Background imageDrag Collection: When thick snow clogs the streets of Paris, passengers have to get out of their bus

When thick snow clogs the streets of Paris, passengers have to get out of their bus and help the horses drag it up a slope. Date: 1872

Background imageDrag Collection: RESTORED BY AESCULAPIUS

RESTORED BY AESCULAPIUS
Poseidon's sea-monsters so terrify the horses of Hippolytus that they drag him to death ; fortunately Asklepios is able to restore him to life

Background imageDrag Collection: The Taking of Zutphen, Siege of Zutphen (present day Gelderland, Netherlands)

The Taking of Zutphen, Siege of Zutphen (present day Gelderland, Netherlands), 19-30 May 1591, part of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) and the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604)

Background imageDrag Collection: Farnborough wind tunnel with Bristol Bulldog

Farnborough wind tunnel with Bristol Bulldog
The Royal aircraft establishment wind tunnel at Farnborough, with Bristol Type 124 Bulldog TM K3183 mounted on the balance

Background imageDrag Collection: Cinderella, Adelphi Theatre, London, Christmas pantomime with Phyllis Dare in the title

Cinderella, Adelphi Theatre, London, Christmas pantomime with Phyllis Dare in the title role, Carrie Moore as the Prince, Dan Rolyat as the Baron, John Humphries as the Baroness

Background imageDrag Collection: Japanese Actor (possibly dressed as a woman?) - traditional play Date: circa 1930s

Japanese Actor (possibly dressed as a woman?) - traditional play Date: circa 1930s

Background imageDrag Collection: Six delightful young ladies - actually men dressed up as women

Six delightful young ladies - actually men dressed up as women. They do look rather fetching though. Date: 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Regency gentleman riding a horse

Regency gentleman riding a horse while another falls from the saddle. How to Prevent the Horse Slipping his Girths. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Thomas Rowlandson after an illustration by

Background imageDrag Collection: Cartoon showing Syd Chaplin, actor, writer, as well as brother

Cartoon showing Syd Chaplin, actor, writer, as well as brother and manager of Charlie Chaplin, seen with one of the bathing belles in a scene called The Hydro at the Palladium variety show. Date: 1912

Background imageDrag Collection: Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)

Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)
Cartoon, Political Kidnapping -- a satirical comment on the transfer of the electoral reform initiative from the Liberals (Lord John Russell) to the Conservatives (Lord Derby)

Background imageDrag Collection: George Robey, quick-change scene in Zig-Zag, Hippodrome

George Robey, quick-change scene in Zig-Zag, Hippodrome
George Robey in " Zig-Zag!" the 1917 revue at the London Hippodrome, in a scene where he performed a burlesque of the methods of Fregoli, the quick-change artist, with comic results

Background imageDrag Collection: The Crazy Gang, Six Broken Blossoms, London Palladium

The Crazy Gang, Six Broken Blossoms, London Palladium
The Crazy Gang dressed as flower sellers in Six Broken Blossoms in the shadow of Eros (at Piccadilly Circus) in London Rhapsody musical at The London Palladium. 1937

Background imageDrag Collection: Music cover, I m Sister to the Cure

Music cover, I m Sister to the Cure, Valse Comique by H T Swatton, sung by E Marshall, dedicated to C Morton, drawn by Alfred Concanen

Background imageDrag Collection: Alfred Lester impersonating Gwen Farrar

Alfred Lester impersonating Gwen Farrar
Actor Alfred Lester doing a very decent impression of actress Gwen Farrar, with whom he was starring in the revue, Rats at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageDrag Collection: English Female impersonator and singer Bobby De Lys

English Female impersonator and singer Bobby De Lys
A photograph of the English Female impersonator and singer Bobby De Lys, 1920s Date: 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Sheet music - British female impersonator Bert Errol

Sheet music - British female impersonator Bert Errol
Sheet music featuring the British female impersonator Bert Errol, 1920s Date: 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Sheet music - female impersonator Karyl Norman

Sheet music - female impersonator Karyl Norman
Sheet music representing the female impersonator Karyl Norman, 1920s Date: 1920s

Background imageDrag Collection: Female impersonator and Male prima donna Bobbie de Lys

Female impersonator and Male prima donna Bobbie de Lys
Advert for the female impersonator and Male prima donna Bobbie De Lys Date: 1921-1925

Background imageDrag Collection: A meeting at a masquerade ball

A meeting at a masquerade ball
A meeting at a ball: A masked woman and Normandy girl flirt with a revolutionary man in bicorn and cockade, while a woman in drag as a Turkish man interrupts and a double bass player looks

Background imageDrag Collection: Mlle Nathalie in drag as the Chevalier d Essone, 1847

Mlle Nathalie in drag as the Chevalier d Essone, 1847
Zaite-Nathalie Martel or Mlle Nathalie in drag as the Chevalier d Essone by Dupeuty and Anicet Bourgeois, Theatre du Vaudeville, 1847



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