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In front of the stage at the Forest Ballroom
Three unidentified participants competing in a drag ball, with the emcee and the Kings of Rythm [sic] on the bandstand; the person in front of the stage is wearing a black dress and offstage behind her are two others, one wearing a red housecoat and the other a red two-piece showgirl like costume; a large jukebox is also seen; 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.
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.
Kiss at the Colony Club
Unidentified man kissing an unidentified female impersonator with a black feather boa blocking most of her face; she's wearing a full length gold dress; he's wearing black pants and a black jacket with white shirt; in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Lady in red
Unidentified female impersonator at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City wearing a red robe/housecoat over black lace shorts; she is lift the coat in one hand and has one leg stepping forward to show off her leg; matching bow in her hair., No date; likely sometime in 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Lady in red and pink
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's facing the camera and wearing a full length red dress with a pink sort of poncho or large stole with cream colored gloves and matching clutch and red shoes., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Little black dress
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of a wall of overlapping slats at the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a short black dress and showing a little cleavage and has on a beehive wig in reddish brown; body facing the left with her head turned to look ahead at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Little black dress
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's facing the camera and is wearing a short black sleeveless dress and holding a matching black purse., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Looking fabulous at the Colony Club
Two unidentified female impersonators posing for a photo together by the tile wall out side the Colony Club in Kansas City; the one on the left is wearing a black dress and holding a black clutch and the other is wearing a stunning blue and gold full length evening dress with matching blue gloves and a platinum blonde wig; both are turned toward each other with the woman on the left looking at the camera and laughing and the one on the right looking a bit over her shoulder to the right., November 1965, 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.
Michelle on display
Female impersonator "Michelle" wearing a bikini top, bikini bottoms over black fishnet stockings and a jacket she's holding open in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's facing the front., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Mickey Ray and Drew Shafer with female impersonator
Mickey Ray and Drew Shafer posing for a photo with an unidentified female impersonator between them at an unidentified venue in Kanas City; Ray and Shafer are both in black clothes with Shafer wearing a chain with large gold colored Ankh shaped pendent; the impersonator is wearing a white blouse with black scarf; all are facing the camera and smiling., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Nature calls
Unidentified female impersonator pausing for a photo before entering the men's room; body facing right with head turned to face the camera and smiling., No date; likely sometime in 1964, 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.
On stage at the Colony Club
Unidentified man with unidentified female impersonator and musical band (African American musicians) behind them playing on stage at the Colony Club in Kansas City; the tops of other patrons' heads can be seen in front of the stage; the impersonator is wearing a black dress with lacey see through sleeves and the man is wearing a grey jacket., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
On stage at the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator in a bright green dress and matching earrings on stage at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; she's in front of a microphone and behind her an African American saxophonist and guitarist as well as two other musicians can be seen along with the heads of four unidentified patrons on the floor below., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
On the phone
Two unidentified men, one an African American, at the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City; the man on the left is holding a phone to his ear and the African American man in a blue or purple shirt on the right is leaning in and looking to the right; both are smiling., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
On the stairs at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified female impersonator posing at the top of a set of stairs with one hand behind her head at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; she is wearing a knee-length black or dark blue dress, light blue high heels and holding a white clutch purse., November 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Outside the Colony Club
Two unidentified female impersonators posing together for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside the Colony Club in Kansas City; the woman on the right is wearing a sleeveless black dress with gold high heeled shoes and is standing with one hand on her hip and facing the front; the other woman is also facing front and wearing a lovely blue patterned, sleeveless dress and holding a white purse., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Over the shoulder
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of a wall of overlapping slats at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; she's wearing a black wig and short white dress and holding a black purse; she's facing away from the camera and her head is turned over her shoulder to look back, demurely, at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Pair with roses
Two female impersonators posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; the person on the right is in a white or light pink dress, blue wig, black evening gloves and is holding a bowl of red roses; the unidentified person on the left is wearing a sleeveless shirt, jacket half off her shoulders, black pants and high heeled boots., November 1964, 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.
Patrons at the bar
Unidentified patrons (including one woman or female impersonator) at the bar at the Colony Club or Arabian Nights ("The Tent") in Kansas City, Missouri; bar chairs are upholstered in an orange red material and various bar fixtures are seen; partial view obscuring the face of the barman., January 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Pearls and a red gown
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a blonde wig, a double string of pearls and a red evening gown; facing the camera., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Pink dress with jacket
Unidentified female impersonator posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a plain brown jacket over a bright pink dress and has on black gloves; body facing the left with her head turn to the front., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Piratical costumes
Unidentified man and woman posing together for a photo amid a crowd of patrons at an unidentified nightclub in Kansas City; they are both in red shirts and the man is dressed as a pirate with earrings, eyepatch, and head and neck scarves in a patterned cloth; the woman's neck scarf is from the same material., October 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Playboy bunny and friend
Male impersonator and female impersonator posing for a photo in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; he is wearing black pants, white loafers, and a plain white shirt and has his arm around the waist of the female impersonator dressed as a Playboy Bunny in a black leotard, nylons, bunny ears and white cuffs and collar; he is looking up at her and she is facing the camera., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Posing at the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator posing as if marching in front of the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's in black pants or hose, black evening gloves, black blouse with a large tiara in her wig; facing the camera., November 1968, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.

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