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The First New Orleans Mardi Gras: Bears and Transvestites February 24, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The First New Orleans Mardi Gras: Bears and Transvestites

The relevant Wikipedia page dates the first recorded Mardi Gras to 1835. However, there was certainly a small Mardi Gras held a long century before. Indeed, possibly our earliest Mardi Gras description from the city was written out in 1730. In that year a Company of the Indies official Marc-Antoine Caillot, who had been in […]

Transvestite Protestors: Why, When and Where? June 23, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Transvestite Protestors: Why, When and Where?

***Dedicated to Chris*** Modern and early modern social movements are not normally Beach’s thing. He’ll let the likes of Eric Hobsbawm salivate over those. But just yesterday an email brought a peculiar Irish American phenomenon to his attention: the Molly Maguires, previously known to this author only from Conan Doyle’s Valley of Fear.  The Mollys […]

Transvestite President? May 19, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Transvestite President?

Beachcombing isn’t big on cross-dressing but this fabulous pastiche of poor old Jefferson Davies’ capture caught his attention. Some accounts – Union accounts it should be noted – claim that Jefferson tried to escape wearing his wife’s clothing. This comes from the New York Times. To Maj. Hudson was given the duty of surrounding the […]

Transvestite Knights in the Thirteenth Century March 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Transvestite Knights in the Thirteenth Century

Ulrich von Liechtenstein (obit 1278) was a standard thirteenth-century knight. He had castles (three of them). He fought – above all, in Eastern Germany. And he also dressed up as a woman and rode from Maestre (Venice) up to Vienna. Yes, yes, Beachcombing stopped too when he first read this many years ago. But now […]