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Vintage Drag Queens

I do love a good drag show, although I think the current trend towards exaggerated makeup, hair and clothing takes away from the simple beauty of a man dressed as a woman. Back in the day, the more realistic your drag costume, the better; acts like Bert Savoy and The Rocky Twins made their fame through their very realistic drag, and part of their appeal was their ability to fool the men in the crowd. They were less drag and more trans. I stumbled on some photos (which may or may not be photoshopped) of Victorian men in drag, and that led me to Queer Music Heritage, a website dedicated to female impersonators from the past. In its pages I found many gorgeous drag queens spanning the 20th century. Whatever we say about the kids today, our great-grandparents and grandparents were also up to something!

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Laverne Cummings
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Laverne Cummings

Julian Eltinge

Julian Eltinge

Bert Savoy

Bert Savoy

Adrian Ames

Adrian Ames

Chris Ames

Chris Ames

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Barbette

Barbette

Barbette

Bothwell Browne

Bothwell Browne

Bothwell Browne

Bothwell Browne

Gene La Marr

Gene La Marr

Chris Ames

Chris Ames

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Bobby DeCastro

Bobby DeCastro

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Frank Doran

Frank Doran

Frank Doran

Frank Doran

Frank Doran

Frank Doran

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Francis Russell

Francis Russell

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Nicki Gallucci

Nicki Gallucci

Gita Gilmore

Gita Gilmore

Walter Hart

Walter Hart

The Rocky Twins

The Rocky Twins

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Bobbie Janson

Bobbie Janson

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Freddy Renault

Freddy Renault

Freddy Renault

Freddy Renault

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Francis Renault

Walter Hart

Walter Hart

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The Rocky Twins

The Rocky Twins

The Rocky Twins

The Rocky Twins

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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