Thursday, September 18, 2014

82 Club = Club 82

stana-is-no-lady David asked about New York City's 82 Club, which was also known as Club 82, which was a nightclub in Manhattan that featured female impersonators in the 1950s and 1960s. The Club played an important part in my personal herstory.

Pre-teen, the only female impersonation I was familiar with was the Milton Berlesque type, that is, female impersonation played up for laughs with no attempt at true femulation. I wanted to be a female, not a joke, so I was not interested in that type of impersonation.

Then I discovered the weekly thumbnail Club ads in the back of the sports section of the New York Daily News. Each ad depicted a glamorous showgirl accompanied by the caption "Who's No Lady?"

I was amazed that guys could look like those gals! That type of female impersonation definitely interested me and soon I began experimenting with female impersonation myself and was well on my way to boarding the Good Ship Lollipop.

David asked for information regarding the Club and I was happy to pass along some Internet links.

Here is the link to my 82 Club/Club 82 postcard collection:

https://sites.google.com/site/femulate/Home/my-ephemera/new-york-city-female-impersonator-ephemera

Here are other pertinent 82 Club/Club 82  links:

http://queermusicheritage.com/fem-cl82.html

http://bedfordandbowery.com/2014/01/wed-found-this-cave-out-of-time-a-look-back-at-glam-rocks-club-82/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-anderson/hidden-history-tobi-marsh_b_1592620.html

http://streetsyoucrossed.blogspot.com/2005/09/what-drag-too-many-snags.html

 

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Wearing Tahari by ASL.

 

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Actor Michael Andrews femulating in the 1987 film Hard Ticket To Paradise.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the toss back to Club 82. It was another place I had heard of but never went to.

    Also thank you for the toss back to Michael Andrews. I was not familiar with his work but it seems like he was able to present as a woman in a number of different productions. Very interesting.
    Pat

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    1. I first encountered Michael when he appeared in a documentary about a female impersonator pageant titled "Dream Boys Revue."

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  2. Stana, being out here on the "frontier" Club 82 was a dream too!

    As far as being a "lady" I would get slapped for trying to call many of my genetic friends a "lady"!

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  3. I'm amazed the ad ran on the back of the sports section
    Esp during that time and age and era
    I m sure it would raise a few eyebrows( bushy ones at that) even today

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    1. The ad was the size of your thumb and was buried among the horse race results.

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  4. Thanks also for enlightening us to the film career of Michael Andrews. I had no idea he had done so much.

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