Black and white
Unidentified pair of female impersonators standing together for a photo outside the tiled wall of the Colony Club in Kansas City; the woman on the left has on a sleeveless white dress and his holding a drink in her hand; the woman on the right is wearing a black dress with black nylons and is holding a black clutch; both of their bodies are turned slightly to the right and their heads are turned to the front to look at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Black and white again
Unidentified pair of female impersonators standing together for a photo outside the tiled wall of the Colony Club in Kansas City; the woman on the right has on a sleeveless white dress and his holding a drink in her hand; the woman on the left is wearing a black dress, no nylons, and is holding a black clutch; both of their bodies are turned slightly to the left and their heads are turned to the front to look at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Bob ("Hole") Bobby Green, Horace Holmes and friend
Seated at a table with white tablecloth at an unidentified venue in Kansas City are (from left) Bob "Hole", Bobby Green (likely), an unidentified man, and Horace Holmes, laughing with his hand raised; all are smiling and there are beer bottles and ashtrays on the table., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., "Hole" and Holmes were partners.
Candid moment around the tables at the Forest Ballroom
Group of at least six people, including four female impersonators, largely unidentified except for "Dr. Garcia" on the far left in a green checked jacket and holding a cigarette and Helen Frazier in a blue wig, blue dress, and black evening gloves; all are seated around two tables talking, smoking, and drinking; none looking directly at the camera., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Cardigan and a beer
Unidentified man in white pants, black shoes, a three colored cardigan, and white turtle neck shirt holding half full (or empty) beer bottle in one hand; posing for a photo outside the tiled wall of the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Caveman at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified person in a caveman costume (long black wig, fake fangs, leopard skin outfit) menacing the camera with two hands in the air by his head with one hand holding a drink in a paper cup; on his left is a Gary Phalen in a green sweater and drink in a paper cup looking on and on his right is Joe Lombardo in glasses and a suit and tie smiling; likely at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Conversation at the Forest Ballroom
Two unidentified female impersonators holding Styrofoam cups and talking at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; the person on the right is seated and wearing a gold dress with black trim with matching high heel shoes and the other woman is standing in front of her wearing a black dress with her left hand lightly touching the seated woman's leg; she also has a tattoo on her forearm., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Couple at a table at the Colony Club
Two unidentified men seated together posing for a photo at a table with white tablecloth at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; there's a bottle of Charnoff vodka on the table as well as glasses and a pack of cigarettes; the man on the right is not smiling and is wearing a black jacket over a white or cream colored sweater; the man on the left has one elbow on the table with his hand by his face., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Couple at a table at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified couple (a man and a female impersonator) seated at a table at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; the man on the right in an orange sweater has his arm around the waist of the female impersonator who is wearing a black dress, white fur (or faux fur) stole; bottles of alcohol, an ashtray, and a pair of evening gloves are on the table in front of them; both are looking directly at the camera., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Couple with drinks posing for a photo
Two unidentified women arm in arm posing for a photo in front of the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; the blond woman on the right is dressed as a man and holding a bottle of beer (or other alcohol) as well as a plastic bag under her arm and the dark haired woman on the right has a large black purse and is wearing black and white checked pants and holding a plastic cup., November 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Green dress and a Schlitz
Unidentified female impersonator with a full length green evening dress she's holding up part of with one hand and holding a can of Schlitz beer in the other; standing in front of a wall of overlapping slats at the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Partying at the Colony Club
Two unidentified men against a wall a drawing of a musical note and the bottom half of a dancing woman at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; they are standing one behind the other with the man in back in a yellow shirt with his arm around the man in front and raising his other arm in a toast with a can of Schlitz beer; the man in front is wearing a black turtleneck sweater and slightly smiling., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Relaxing at the Forest Ballroom
Two unidentified female impersonators sitting at a table with their backs to the wall and having a beer and a smoke at the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City; the one on the right is wearing a light pink dress and blond wig while the one on the left is wearing a light blue (or white? or light green? hard to tell with lighting) dress or blouse and has a cigarette in one hand; there's a half glass of beer in front of them., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Seated around a table
Four unidentified people seated around a table at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; two female impersonators are on the right and two men, one in a suit the other dressed casually, are on the left; two of them are seen smoking and there are cups and alcohol bottles on the table., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Skip Arnold and three others
Female impersonator Skip Arnold standing behind a line of three shorter men with her hands on the shoulders of the center man, Claude Woods, in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; Skip is wearing an orange colored top with gold spangles, a blonde wig and large earrings; the unidentified man on the left has on grey slacks and gray jacket; Claude Woods, in the center has on black slacks, black jacket and reddish brown turtleneck and is holding a bottle of beer in his hands; the unidentified man on the left has on black pants and a grey sweater., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Smoking at a table
Three unidentified female impersonators seated at a table with a white tablecloth smoking and drinking at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; the first woman is holding a cigarette and is smiling and looking at the camera; the woman next to her has an arm around her is is smiling widely at the camera as well; the third woman in a blue dress in looking away from the table and camera; drinks, two clutches and a full ashtray are on the table., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Talking and laughing at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified people sitting around a table at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; one person has their back to the camera and is wearing white pants and talking with a woman (or female impersonator) who is looking at the camera and laughing; another person can be seen seated beyond them and there are beer bottles and cans on the table; standing behind them are a female impersonator in a pink dress and a man with his back to the camera., December 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Talking with friends at the Forest Ballroom
"Dr. Garcia" with his back to the camera seated at a table with two ladies (at least one of whom is a female impersonator); two are smoking and there are many bottles on the table at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Three posing for a photo
Three unidentified people (two men on either side of a woman in a red dress) posing together for a photo at an unidentified venue; the man on the left is holding a bottle of some sort of alcohol in one hand and both men are wearing suits and ties., November 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Toasting the camera
Two unidentified lesbians seated next to each other at the bar at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City making a toast to the camera person from paper cups; a can of Budweiser and a crumpled pack of cigarettes are on the bar in front of them., December 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Trio at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified man in glasses and a white (or light grey) jacket seated to the left of two women, Joyce (center) in a black dress and strands of pearls and Georgia Belesakos (right) in a brownish-green floral patterned jacket and looking at Joyce; the man has a beer bottle in front of him and the woman drinks in glasses., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Trio at the table
Three unidentified men (center one is a female impersonator) posing for a photo while seated at a table with a white tablecloth and a bottle of Charnoff Vodka; the man on the right is in a black jacket with a white or cream colored jacket and laughing; the female impersonator in the center is in a red dress and a large wig with curly pink ribbons woven in and is smiling; the man on the left has an elbow on the table and his hand by his face and not smiling., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
View of the busy bar
Crowd of unidentified people at the bar at the Colony Club or Arabian Nights ("The Tent") in Kansas City; three bartenders can be seen., No date; likely 1960s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.