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I’ve run out of bandwidth so I’m having to squeeze out a quick post that I prepared at Christmas when I sold 25 postcards of the male impersonator Miss Vesta Tilley, about whom you can read here. It was the best Christmas present!

Vesta Tilley Post Cards
Miss Vesta Tilley Post Cards

This is the original postcard from my theatre collection:

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)

Miss Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)

As you can tell, and as is my wont, I gave her a new look with a different background, though I do intend to sell copies of the original when I get round to it. Hah! I wonder when that will be.

I trust you are all having a diverting May Day weekend! I’m spending it reading the first novel of Beguiling Hollywood’s inimitable Vicki Lester, It’s In His Kiss.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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This image is from an original postcard in my possession of the great English Music Hall performer Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), who was especially renowned as a male impersonator and beloved by fans in America as well as Britain.

Born in Worcester as Matilda Alice Powles, she first appeared on stage at the age of three and did not retire until 1920 when she was 56.  In 1890 she married the theatre owner Walter de Frece. De Frece, who was later the Conservative MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, was knighted in 1919 for his services to the war effort, turning Tilley the performer into Lady de Frece.  Some of Tilley’s most famous numbers include ‘Burlington Bertie‘ in 1900 and the wartime song, ‘I’ve Got a Bit of a Blighty One’.

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Take care and keep laughing.

Sarah

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