African American female impersonator
Unidentified African American female impersonator standing in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a light blue skirt with dark blue blouse with a white jacket that's open and off of one shoulder; she's facing front and smiling with a cigarette in one hand., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Black and white
Group of four men seated at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; three are unidentified and the man on the far left is likely Harold Miller; one man is taking a drag on his cigarette and all are wearing black and white clothes., November 1968, 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.
Casual wear at the Forest Ballroom
Two unidentified people posing against a wall at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; a man wearing a dark jack, white shirt and no tie with his arm around a female impersonator with a blonde wig wearing a white turtleneck and red sweater and holding a cigarette; both are looking at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Cigarette and fur stole
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo at the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City near a light fixture in the wall; she's facing the camera and wearing a full length black dress and fur (or faux fur) stole and holding a black clutch purse and a cigarette., March 1965, 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 posing for a photo outside the Colony Club
Unidentified couple (a man and a woman or female impersonator) posing for a photo in front of a tiled wall in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City; the man is wearing a blue dinner jacket and black pants; the woman is smoking and has a beehive hairdo and boots, black pants, and sleeveless floral patterned shirt; other patrons can be seen beyond them around the entrance., November 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dr. Garcia and Helen Frazier in front of the stage
"Dr. Garcia", wearing a green check shirt and blue jeans with a cigarette in one hand standing arm in arm for a photo with female impersonator Helen Frazier in front of the stage at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; Helen is wearing a blue tinted wig with matching light blue dress and heels with long black evening gloves; behind them can be seen members of the band "Kings of Rythm [sic]"., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Golden at the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator flamboyantly posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a gold colored, full length evening gown with green cloth belt, black feather boa, gold clutch, opera gloves, and holding a long cigarette; her body's facing left with her head turned to the front to face the camera with a serious expression on her face., October 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Golden at the Colony Club
Unidentified man and female impersonator in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; he's behind her with a cigarette in his hand and wearing glass, a satiny red jacket with ruffled shirt and black tie; she's wearing a gold colored, full length evening gown with green cloth belt, black feather boa, opera gloves, and holding a long cigarette holder while laughing., October 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
In a quiet corner
Unidentified man and female impersonator sitting in the corner of the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City; the man is in a suit and the woman is in a white blouse, black gloves and holding a cigarette; both are looking slightly to the left., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Joe Lombardo and patron at the Forest Ballroom
Joe Lombardo in white shirt, red tie, and apron standing with his arm around an unidentified female impersonator patron seated on a bar stool wearing a green checked dress, red haired wig and black pumps while smoking a cigarette; both are smiling and facing the camera; at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City., October 1962, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
John Tuccillo with some of his performers from the Jewel Box Lounge
Four unidentified female impersonators with "Sugar Daddy" (possibly John Tuccillo, owner of the Jewel Box Lounge) posing for a photo in front of the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; Sugar Daddy has a cigarette in one hand and is wearing a black jacket with red turtleneck underneath; the ladies are in dresses of (from right to left) red, gold, green (possibly Terry Lee), and blue (possibly Billy Carrol); the one in red is also holding a cigarette., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Looking fierce at the Colony Club
Three unidentified female impersonators in a row posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside the Colony Club in Kansas City; the first one is in a flowing green and silver dress and is turned to the left with head turned to face the camera; the center woman has a black shorts or a skirt and black hose with a mostly open top and black lacey bra and is wearing a tiara with looking at the woman to the right; the end woman is in a stunning blue brocade, full length, dress with a cigarette in one hand by her hip; she is looking at the camera., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Navy colored dress at the Colony Club
Unidentified female imposter with a cigarette in her hand posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a navy dress and white blouse; her body is facing a bit to the left and her head is turned forward to face the camera., November 1968, 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.
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 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.
Terri Lynn at the Colony Club
"Terri Lynne" (Gary Hardy) posing in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; from the right an unidentified person (possibly a male impersonator) in a blue plaid shirt with cigarette is seen walking into the picture; Terri is wearing a multicolor, horizontal striped short dress with black fishnet stockings and a black jacket and is looking to the left., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.