Club patrons
Club patrons enjoying drinks at an unidentified venue including Tony Battaglia (far left, slightly out of frame) and others, including a man with a woman in a grey fur stole, both holding drinks up in a toast and looking at the camera., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Club staff in white aprons
Three unidentified bar/wait staff in white shirts, black ties, and white aprons around their waists at either the Colony Club or Arabian Nights ("The Tent") in Kansas City; all are in a row and facing the camera., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Club staff in white aprons
Three unidentified bar/wait staff in white shirts, black ties, and white aprons around their waists at either the Colony Club or Arabian Nights ("The Tent") in Kansas City; the man in the center is partly turned to the cash register., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Crowd at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified patrons of the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City standing about or dancing while the band "Kings of Rythm" [sic] play onstage; two men are in the forefront leaning against the stage and talking together with the one on the right in a fur stole and woman's blouse that is off his shoulder., February 1963, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dancing couples
Unidentified couples (male/male; male/female (or possible female impersonators) dancing at an unknown Kansas City venue., February 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dancing couples
Two unidentified female impersonators dancing with a lesbian couple and man with unseen partner dancing behind them at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; the female impersonators are both wearing black dresses with one in a blonde wig being a head taller than her dancing partner., February 1963, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dancing to the Rythm Kings
Unidentified participant competing in a drag ball, with the emcee in front of microphone and the Kings of Rythm [sic] on the bandstand at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; she's wearing a red house coat and black lace shorts; on the stage is a circular sign for the "AMVETS American Veterans of World War II"; signs for the band are on the stage., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dancing with a female impersonator
Man in a red shirt with his face turned away dancing in the arms of a female impersonator in a pink (or lavender) dress at an unidentified Kansas City venue., February 1963, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Drag King and Queen in front of the Colony Club
Unidentified male impersonator in black pants, white shirt and holding a drink with his arm around an unidentified female impersonator in a silver dress, black sweater, with red shoes, clutch, and flower corsage; both posed in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Glamazon (Barbara LeMay) and friend outside the Colony Club
"Glamazon" (Barbara LeMay) standing with an unidentified man in a mustard colored shirt in front of the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a black dress and wrap., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Glamazon (Barbara LeMay) with a friend outside the Colony Club
"Glamazon" (Barbara LeMay) posing for a photo with an unidentified female impersonator in front of the tile wall outside the Colony Club in Kansas City; LeMay is wearing a black dress, wrap, and holding a black purse; the other woman is wearing a metallic green (?) and gold strapless dress and has one arm on LeMay's shoulder., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Glamazon (Barbara LeMay) with friend
"Glamazon" (Barbara LeMay) with hands in the air wearing a black dress, wrap, and holding a black purse while standing next to a nervous looking, unidentified, female impersonator in a gold sequined dress and a pink apron; they're standing by the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Glamazon (Barbara LeMay) with gentleman friend
"Glamazon" (Barbara LeMay) wearing a black dress, wrap, and holding a black purse posing for a photo with an unidentified man in a suit in front of the tile wall outside the Colony Club in Kansas City., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Helping a lady down the stairs
Unidentified group of people, mostly men, with one or two female impersonators, in a pink colored stairwell; one man is holding the black dress for an impersonator who is holding a bottle in a brown paper bag and a cigarette; others behind her also have bottles and cigarettes; at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
In red at the Forest Ballroom
Unidentified female impersonator in red with black lace shorts being embraced from behind by a man in a red pullover sweater at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; both are smiling and on the wall behind them is a handmade sign advertising an upcoming drag ball with a date of February 13, 1965., No date; likely February 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Joe Lombardo and four female impersonators
Joe Lombardo in a tie and white apron around his waist standing to the far left of the photo and looking on at four unidentified female impersonators pose in a row for a photo in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City; behind them in the window a neon sign for Schlitz beer is hanging; the ladies are wearing dress of (r to l) teal, black, lavender, and black with a white jacket., November 1959, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Joe Lombardo and friend
Joe Lombardo with his arm around an unidentified woman (or female impersonator) at a buffet table at an unidentified venue (possibly the Forest Ballroom) in Kansas City; candles, beer bottles, and food can be seen on the table with other men in the background., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Joe Lombardo with two female impersonators
Joe Lombardo standing with his arms around a female impersonator on either side of him at the Forest Ballroom (likely) in Kansas City; the impersonator on the right is in a red house coat and short black lacey shorts and the one on the left is in a diagonally striped dress and high heels; Lombardo is wearing a shirt, tie, grey slacks, and black cardigan., December 1964, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Posing with G.G. Allen in drag
G.G. Allen in drag wearing a pink outfit posing for a photo with three men (two seated, one standing beside her) at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; a bottle of Grand Scot is on the table in front of them; other patrons (men and women) are seen behind them., February 1963, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Preacher and others
"Preacher" (on the right) in a red jacket with bow tie posing with a woman and a man at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; all are holding paper cups and facing the camera., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Red and white outside the Colony Club
Two unidentified female impersonators by the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; the one on the right has on a white dress with matching jacket and holding a pack of cigarettes at waist level; the woman on the right is wearing a red dress with a string of pearls., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Red dress and white gloves
Unidentified female impersonator in a full length red dress with white shoes and white evening gloves dancing with a man in tan pants and a brown pullover sweater at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Two men
Two unidentified men standing side by side together by a doorway at an unidentified venue in Kansas City; the taller man on the right is wearing a purple pullover sweater with black pants and the other man is wearing a black suit and pointing at the camera., February 1963, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Unidentified man and Josef Miller outside the Colony Club
An unidentified man stands closely next to Josef Miller by the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; both are wearing suits; Josef Miller (right), singer at the Colony Club, wears a suit with a subdued animal print and bowtie while the unidentified man (left) wears a solid black suit with necktie; both facing the camera and smiling., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
View inside the club
View of a crowd of unidentified men and women inside an unidentified venue., No date; likely March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
View inside the club
View of the inside of an unidentified club with several unidentified people seen near or at tables including one man with his back to the camera and wearing a dark red shirt; bottles and cups are seen on tables., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.