Woman and man, or man and woman

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What it is:

Photo (a bit less than 3.5 x 3.5 inches) mounted to cardboard backing (5 x 5 inches; I’ve cropped some of the backing from the scan).

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


Here’s another one I hesitated to post because the image isn’t perfect (the lighting is bad, the surface has begun silvering, etc.).  And frankly, I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking at, but here goes anyway.  This looks to me like a man and a woman in drag.  As always, I could be wrong, but that’s what I’m seeing.  So what’s the story here?  Is this for a masquerade party?  Are they vaudeville performers?  Is this perhaps a reflection of something more private?  I considered posting it for Halloween next week, but they have a solemnity about them that makes me resist presenting them as objects of amusement.  There might be a perfectly simple and silly explanation to this.  But it would warm my heart to think that these were two people who, against all odds in a world designed to prevent it, found each other.

4 comments on “Woman and man, or man and woman”

  1. It certainly is an intriging picture. One thought I have is that it’s a photo from a play. Although I would have to look far and wide for what play it
    might be!

    • Yes, I wondered that, too. There are old plays like “Charley’s Aunt” that involve cross-dressing, but I can’t think of any offhand that would involve both of them, and in such a serious pose.

  2. Very striking photo! Can you read the sheet music (or whatever it is) on the piano? It definitely looks like the pair has switched clothes for this photo, but the why is certainly a mystery.

    This reminds me of a high school dance/event. One of my girlfriends and I had not managed to get dates. So, she dressed as a girl, and I dressed as a guy, and we went together. No idea what happened to those photos. Perhaps someday someone like you will post them on a site and wonder what the heck was going on!

    • I actually tried blowing up the sheet music to see if I could read it and I couldn’t, unfortunately. The way the fringe hangs down in front of the music makes me wonder how often it gets played. I love your dance story. It would be hilarious (and a little spooky) if I ended up with those photos. 🙂

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