The Jewel Box Revue
Scope and Content
This collection contains a booklet advertising The Jewel Box Revue. The booklet primarily contains photographs of the performers both in and out of drag; in one section the author encourages the reader to match fully-costumed performers to photos of their more conventionally-attired selves. Of particular note is mention that there was only one woman performer in the Revue, Storme DeLarverie.
- approximately 1960
- Jewel Box Revue (Organization)
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The Jewel Box Revue was a travelling drag show founded by Doc Brenner and Danny Brown in 1939. The Revue was one of the first companies to bring cross-dressing to the public with openly gay men as its operators. The performers, then known as "female impersonators," consisted almost entirely of gay men. Two decades after it was established, The Jewel Box Revue hired Storme DeLarverie, a "male impersonator" who was heavily involved in the Stonewall riots, which took place in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. By hiring DeLarverie, The Revue more closely tied itself to the political strife surrounding the greater LGBT community. The Revue closed in the early 1970s.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2018.
- The Jewel Box Revue
- Karissa Kang
- May 2018
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- Finding aid is written in English.