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Apparently no matter where you live (or When) Dammit you just can’t keep glamour down! Well done ladies.
Wow. I can’t help but to see my grandmother in many of these pics.
This is EVERYTHING. That drag king is so fucking adorable. I want to hug all of them. Also, it’s amazing to see some early drafts of the Willams, Latrices and Tammies of today smiling back at us from that photoset.
they should take all these slides and make a documentary on Gay life in the 1960’s
Damn I swear I recognize a few of those girls… Love the Guys in Suits n ties to. LOL I think some are still around…
Parker Molloy is prolly having a heart attack, right about now…
@Ms Urethra Johnson:
LOL!!!!!!!! Please post more.
What was missing from the piece is that most of these fabulous images live in GLAMA, the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Lots more great KC gay history at http://www.glama.us
I love looking at historical stuff like this — and from an time before digital. We now live in the most heavily documented era in human history.
I see a new John Waters movie.
Oh, these are priceless.
@Ms Urethra Johnson: Amen. Parker Molloy is such an awful person.
Second from the last looks like she should have a fishhook hanging from that mouth.
I wish there were a way to learn more about these peoples’ lives. Given the time and place, I suspect that some of these people actually identified with the gender they did drag in, and I’d love to hear what that was like for them.
@Jessie R: I agree. They all look so happy and fabulous. Real people living real lives in an era that’s almost alien to us today. That would be interesting.
as a young queen, I used to accompany one of these ladies on the piano (the one standing at the microphone in the blue dress and silver platinum wig). I worked with her around kansas city and then also traveled with her to los angeles and san Francisco . . . it was lovely “seeing” her again in this photo . . . oh, she didn’t lip sync . . . she actually sang.
Back in that era, Gays and straights used to park outside of the “Jewel Box” in KC just to watch the beautiful drag queens come and go! Does anyone remember the Jewel Box, or is it still there? David Dunn, Las Vegas
@ddunn1439: the jewel box hasn’t been in Kansas city for years and years
I love these photos so much. I actually just saw the play Casa Valentina in NY–written by Harvey Fierstein, it’s about a hotel in the Catskills for straight-identifying trans folks in the 60s. Beautiful, wonderful play. And it’s based on the book Casa Susannah (which I ordered after seeing it)–a collection of photos unearthed in a flea market that bear resemblance to these. Worth checking out.
Also, silver bikini top is giving me life. There’s one in every crowd!
As a young and naive airman in the early 60’s while stationed near Kansas City, a small group of us would frequent the Jewel Box Lounge whenever we could. I became fast friends with Jimmy (not sure of her stage name) picture #13 of 19, and was soon helping out with lighting and other menial tasks associated with the show. goodogcarl is correct that the tall platinum blond performed live. She was also the house comedian. I remember another performer, not sure if she is pictured, who would bring the house down with her rendition of Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe (Ella Fitzgerald). Does anyone recall her name? Many, many fun times at the Jewel Box. Still have some of the playbills.
@goodogcarl: We would love to talk to you about your time there and with Skip Arnold! Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
@ceemego: As with goodogcarl we would love to talk to you about your time at the Jewel Box Lounge! Please send us an e-mail at email@example.com
@goodogcarl: Are you, or do you know Richard Reece? Richard played the organ (in drag) for Skip Arnold and the other acts at the Colony and later at the Jewel Box. He was a good friend of mine; kind of like my big brother. He offered me a place to live at his house in Raytown, along with other roommates, where he would throw big parties every weekend. I lost track of Richard years ago, but I’d love to reconnect.
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