[HARVARD-DRAG] Harvard '90. H. de F. Lockwood.
[cover title]. Album of leather stamped in gilt and blind, with the remains of clasps on the fore-edge, all edges gilt. 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches (23.5 x 30 cm); 30 ff., each leaf with two slip-in window mounts for photographs on each side (later in the album, these are replaced with single large format slip-in mounts), with a total of 51 portraits of fellow students, 26 photographs in cabinet card format of the performers in the theatrical antics of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, seven larger-format images of performances, eight large school groups and two images of undergraduates in their rooms. The majority of the images are mounted albumen prints by Pach Brothers of Cambridge. Wear to binding, clasps lacking.
The Hasty Pudding Club's first recorded use of drag seems to have been a mock trial in 1837, in which none other but James Russell Lowell appeared dressed as a woman. The Theatricals proper began in 1844, and by 1888 the Club had its own theatre. The performances continued to feature students dressed as women, and do to the present day. The performance illustrated here appear to be primarily of W.K. Post's Helen and Paris...
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