PORTRAIT OF EIGHT MEN IN THE GERMAN COUNTRYSIDE DRINKING BEER; ONE IS WEARING A DRESS (1927)

This vintage real photo postcard features a group of German beer lovers gathered around a keg in a country-side setting. This photograph is a treasure trove of interesting elements. First, the keg of beer is labelled with the title “Memories in Lindau 1927” (translated from German). Second,the bruiser in the center of the back row is holding a beer mug on steroids. It is likely that no one will challenge or fight him for the huge glass of dark beer. Finally, what is the story about the gentleman/lady in the center of the middle row. To quote the Kinks, “Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls”. It is likely that the man wearing the dress, seen in this postcard, did so for fun. It is not unusual to see cross dressing in photographs from this era. Generally, wearing opposite sex clothing in these images was done for entertainment, rather than for sexuality reasons. Women also dressed as men in photographs. Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was an English music hall performer who was one of the most famous male impersonators of her time. She was a star in both Britain and the United States for over three decades (see her photo below). Returning to the subject of the beer drinking celebrants, we learn from the writing on the keg, that they are partying in Lindau, Germany. Lindau is a major town and an island in Bavaria. It is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). The origin of Lindau’s name is thought to be the “linden tree”. Lindau is known for being near the Austrian, German, and Swiss borders. This vintage postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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  1. Why do you think it is a man wearing a dress? Maybe these are workers or family of this beer company?

  2. I think he is a man because he looks like a man. It is also unlikely that seven men would be partying with one woman. The “woman” has his arm wrapped around another man’s arm which is not an unusual act of affection between two male friends. Finally, It is not uncommon to find photos taken during this time period with men dressing as women for the fun of it. However, you may be right and this group of men may be the employees of some sort of company. One of the great things about vintage photos is that when we look at them, we are compelled to hypothesize about “the story behind the picture”. Perhaps a person who reads German will be able to leave a comment that translates the message on this postcard. The answer as to what is going on in this image may be found in the translation.

    • Yes, that’s a rather prominent “Adam’s apple” visible on the “Fraulein”–I also think it’s a man wearing a dress.

    • Just curious. Thanks for answering my question. Makes sense.


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