Monday, December 13, 2010

Transvestite takes a drag


A silver gelatin print, roughly 13.6 inches by 10.6 inches, titled "12th St. Rag." On the back it says in pencil "Henry Wohrer." A Henry Wohrer married in Manhattan in 1908. And Henry Wohrer of Milwaukee received patent approval in May 1949 for a humidostatic element. For those few of you who don't know what a humidostatic element is, the patent document explains that "the invention contemplates the use of a thin flexible strip of metal whose coefficient of thermal expansion is zero or so small as to be negligible, coated on one side with a closely adherent layer of material which expands as it absorbs moisture. In this way a flexing bar or coil characterized by very good response to atmospheric humidity may be produced." So is the cross-dresser pictured here the inventor Henry Wohrer or is Henry Wohrer the photographer? The photo was taken in the 1930s but the print was made later, possibly in the 1950s or 60s, according to the Collected Image, a dealer in Evanston, Ill. that used to own the photo.

4 comments:

  1. this photo is so interesting and one that I will keep in my mind..(mindkeeping) is truly great art! Thank You!

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  2. Thanks, Sandra, I agree, it's a memorable portrait.

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  3. It is a fascinating photo, but then I was also captivated by thoughts of humidostatic elements.

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  4. Wearing that fine hat, etc., it sure looks like the man in the photo is in his humidostatic element.

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