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All in black in front of the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator enjoying a cigarette in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a mid-length black dress with brooch and holding a cigarette; behind a Budweiser sign can be seen in the window., February 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Blue floral dress in front of the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator standing in front of the Colony Club in Kansas City wearing a white dress with a large, blue, floral pattern and holding a dark blue jacket or wrap and a purse; behind her in the window a Budweiser sign is seen., November 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Blue sequins
Unidentified female impersonator inside the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; she's wearing a tight, blue sequined dress and facing the camera., No date; likely sometime in 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
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.
Helen in a black dress
Cocktail waitress, Helen, in front of the tiled wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's leaning against the wall on her right and facing the camera; wearing a sequined black dress and necklace., November 1965, 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.
Holding her gloves
Unidentified female impersonator in front of the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a pink sleeveless dress and holding a pair of long white evening gloves in her hands; standing with one hand on her hip and facing the camera., November 1966, 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.
Male impersonator at the Colony Club
Unidentified male impersonator standing by the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; he's wearing black pants and a white suit jacket with a black bow tie; body facing to the right with head turned to look at the camera., November 1965, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Nick Pacino by the car
Nick Pacino (in drag) wearing a pink dress with white fur (or faux fur) stole and long white gloves standing next to a white car in Kansas City., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Nick Pacino in drag
Nick Pacino in drag wearing a tight red dress, split up the side with a pink feather boa and pink clutch; her body is facing left and her head is turned to look over to the right; unidentified venue in Kansas City., November 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Performer at the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator on stage at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; she's wearing a sleeveless, backless blue evening gown and her body is facing left toward a piano while her head is turned to look out over the audience; several members' heads can be seen in front of the stage., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Performer at the Colony Club
Unidentified female impersonator on stage at the Colony Club (likely) in Kansas City; she's wearing a sleeveless, backless blue evening gown and her body is facing left toward a piano while her head is turned to look out over the audience with one hand held by her shoulder; several members of the audience can be seen in front of the stage including one unidentified man applauding with a cigarette in his mouth., March 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Performer at the Jewel Box Lounge
Unidentified female impersonator performing in front of a microphone at the Jewel Box Lounge in Kansas City; she's wearing a blue dress and facing the left; two members of the audience can be seen from behind., November 1959, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Performer at the Jewel Box Lounge
Unidentified female impersonator with outstretched arms in front of a microphone on stage at the Jewel Box Lounge in Kansas City; she's wearing a black, strapless, one piece outfit; various members of the audience are seen in front including one gentleman laughing., November 1959, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Pink dress and black gloves
Unidentified female impersonator standing by the tile wall outside of the Colony Club in Kansas City; she's wearing a solid pink sleeveless dress with matching shoes and black evening gloves and holding a fur (or faux fur) stole in her hands; facing the camera., November 1966, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Pitty Pat
Lee Lackey (Likely) dressed as a Japanese woman named "Pitty-Pat" in a grey patterned kimono, make up and wig while at the Forest Ballroom in Kansas City; facing the camera., February 1961, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Partner of Skip Arnold.

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