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    weirdvintage:

Dali and Rhinoceros By Philippe Halsman (via Hermes on Wings)

    weirdvintage:

    Dali and Rhinoceros By Philippe Halsman (via Hermes on Wings)

    (via weirdvintage)

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    historicaltimes:

World-renowned opera singer Fritzi Massary dressed as a rooster in 1912.

    historicaltimes:

    World-renowned opera singer Fritzi Massary dressed as a rooster in 1912.

    (via dailybungalow)

  4. knowhomo:

    LGBTQ* Performance Artists in History

    Barbette (Texas, b. 1904)

    “Women think about love more than men; that’s because men think more about women.”—Barbette

    Barbette was a female impersonator who took Paris by storm in the late 1920’s. Barbette’s performances included aerial acts, trapeze, and stunning costumes, Barbette would close the show by removing his wig and declaring himself an man to adoring fans. 

    Additional History?

    Julie Andrews character(s) in Victor/Victoria is (loosely) based on Barbette. Note: Victor/Victoria is based on a series of previous films (including titles: Viktor und Victoria (1933) and First a Girl (1935) ), which Barbette was the inspiration for. 

    Barbette was photographed by Man Ray.

     

    Information from: 

    Greif, Martin. The Gay Book of Days: An Evocatively Illustrated Who’s Who of Who Is, Was, May Have Been, Probably Was, and Almost Certainly Seems to Have Been Gay during the past 5,000 Years. Secaucus, NJ: L. Stuart, 1982. 

    1st Photo Source:  Male Soul Makeup

    Barbette aka Vander Clyde

    Female impersonator, high wire performer and trapeze artist 1920s – 1930s

    2nd Photo Source:  Gorgonetta’s Tumblr

    Barbette - Photography by Man Ray

     

    (via octopusparade)

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    weirdvintage:

‘Man Juggling His Own Head’, trick photography c. 1880 (via Retronaut)

    weirdvintage:

    ‘Man Juggling His Own Head’, trick photography c. 1880 (via Retronaut)

    (Source: weirdvintage, via weirdvintage)

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    casabet64:

 

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    (Source: purplevintagegirl, via etsy)

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    dame-de-pique:

Unidentified Artist
Thread Eating Contest., Massachusetts, United States, c. 1903

    dame-de-pique:

    Unidentified Artist

    Thread Eating Contest., Massachusetts, United States, c. 1903

    (via 19thcenturyswagger)

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    tuesday-johnson:

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood
via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

    tuesday-johnson:

    ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood

    via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

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    weirdvintage:

"McClain’s Sweat Collars will make any horse laugh," late 19th century trade card advertisement (via)

    weirdvintage:

    "McClain’s Sweat Collars will make any horse laugh," late 19th century trade card advertisement (via)

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