Friday, July 13, 2007

Femme Mimics, 1954

Femme Mimics, by E. Carlton Winford, 1954, displayed here at Queer Music Heritage:
In 1951 Winford was searching for an idea for a book that would be "something different," when a chance meeting with a former female impersonator gave him the idea. He spent three years researching and contacting performers from all over the country. In his epilogue he recounts how difficult this was, as he was met with suspicion from many who feared being made the subject of ridicule and gossip. While many of the attitudes in his writing are outdated by today's standards, it is my impression that the project evolved into an earnest attempt to present this as a legitimate form of entertainment.
Found via Fabulon.

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