Thursday, September 22, 2011

Phil Black, aka Cora

Poking around (virtually) in the Bonnie and Semoura Clark collection of black vaudeville photographs and ephemera from 1909-1958 (Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), I found these two images of yesteryear. The first is a fetching chorus line, but the second is more intriguing still ... a black female impersonator whose printed promo card shows him in very convincing drag! 

If you're interested in African American arts and artifacts, have a look at Charles Alston: The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art, Volume VI, as well as our notecards of Romare Beardon, Buffalo Soldiers, and more.

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