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November 19, 2020

A Sailor in Drag, Wearing a Milkmaid Costume, 1906

The man in drag is apparently Able Seaman Arthur Roach, a crew member of the H.M.S. Prince of Wales.

He poses as a milkmaid behind a wooden fence and in front of a painted background. He is wearing a rather odd hybrid fancy-dress outfit, part showgirl/courtesan (ruffles and jewelry), part little girl at the seaside (very short skirt, bucket and spade).

(Photographic postcard by H.J. Bond, 1906. From: James Gardiner Collection/Wellcome Library)


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