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User:
Bonehill, Bessie  Search this
Physical Description:
white (overall color)
satin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 in x 20 1/2 in; 58.42 cm x 52.07 cm
Object Name:
blouse
Date made:
around 1890
Description (Brief):
White satin blouse, part of a costume worn by vaudeville performer Bessie Bonehill, a male impersonator. The long-sleeved blouse has a front opening but no fasteners present. Bonehill wore this costume while performing in New York in the 1890s. Her male impersonation act was a popular success in her native England as well as the United States, where she toured widely until her death in 1902.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Vaudeville  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Dorothy M. Wallace
ID Number:
1986.0432.03
Accession number:
1986.0432
Catalog number:
1986.0432.03
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-045c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_682279