Nostalgia

54 Rare Historical Photos Of Drag Queens Before It Was Safe To Be Out!

by Todd Briscoe

1800s: This photo features a 19th-century student dressed in drag for pure amusement. You may think that he’d have been punished for such behavior, but this man went on to become a well-respected Estonian judge and held rank in the Livonian Knighthood.

1800s: This photo features a 19th-century student dressed in drag for pure amusement. You may think that he’d have been punished for such behavior, but this man went on to become a well-respected Estonian judge and held rank in the Livonian Knighthood.

1800s: This photo shows that drag was not always as taboo as it would eventually become.

1800s: This photo shows that drag was not always as taboo as it would eventually become.

1915: Around the turn of the century, drag performance became its own phenomenon with the likes of vaudeville performer Julian Eltinge.

1915: Around the turn of the century, drag performance became its own phenomenon with the likes of vaudeville performer Julian Eltinge.

1900s: Julian began on the Broadway stage as a comedic performer in a few flops but found that audiences really latched onto his gender-bending shows in smaller houses.

1900s: Julian began on the Broadway stage as a comedic performer in a few flops but found that audiences really latched onto his gender-bending shows in smaller houses.

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