VESTA (LADY DE FRECE) TILLEY - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 146799
Sale Price $198.00
Rare signature of the male impersonator, shown as a German soldier in a 3½x5½ image
Postcard Photograph signed: "Vesta Tilley". Sepia, 3½x5½. Shown as a German soldier with field gear and spiked helmet. Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was the stage name of Matilda Powles, also known after 1919 as Lady de Frece. She starred on music hall stages from an early age as a male impersonator, first singing sentimental songs, and later giving comic characterizations of foppish and otherwise ridiculous men. She also starred as principal boy in stage pantomimes. The patriotic Tilley sold war bonds and visited hospitals during World War I, and often made recruiting pitches from the stage. She retired in 1920, fearful that her stage career might hinder her husband Walter de Frece, a Conservative Member of Parliament knighted in 1919. Corners lightly worn and creased. Lightly soiled. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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