On Being Macho / Sobre Ser Macho

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I KNOW. I know. You see the word “macho” and you immediately think this will be all about me. But, it’s all about my grandmother. She was a handsome woman.

I’ve been scanning photos from one of the old family albums and selected a number of images of my paternal grandmother in male drag. They were taken over a number of years in New York City in the 1920s and I’m assuming my grandparents were going to costume parties or just having fun at a photographer’s studio (click here for an earlier post), but we’ll never know. Oh, the stories we could make up.


LO SÉ. LO sé. Ves la palabra “macho” e inmediatamente piensas que se trata de mí. Pero se trata de mi abuela. Ella era una mujer “guapo”.

He estado escaneando fotos de uno de los viejos álbumes de la familia y elegí unas imágenes de mi abuela paterna vestida como un hombre. Fueron tomadas durante varios años en la ciudad de Nueva York en la década de 1920 y asumo que mis abuelos iban a fiestas de disfraces o simplemente se estaban divirtiendo en el estudio de un fotógrafo (haz clic aquí para ver una entrada anterior), pero nunca lo sabremos. Oh, las historias que podríamos inventar.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

24 thoughts on “On Being Macho / Sobre Ser Macho”

  1. Wow, she was a very handsome woman. Hmm, I wonder if she was well ahead of her time…..ah , the stories 🙂

  2. WOW! Very convincing indeed……very sultry. Am I to assume that her husband, your grandfather, dressed as a woman? Seems like they enjoyed their lives when they were young.
    Couldn’t help but notice that hammock she is on. Beautiful!

  3. I think it was popular in that time for women to dress like men, it showed they were modern and fun, especially after WW1. Anything went in that timeframe. She does make a nice looking man.

    1. Cheapchick:
      I had never actually heard that about the 1920s although I know man-tailored clothing became trendy (Kathryn Hepburn) in the ’40s. I wonder if this actually WAS for costume parties or simply for fun.

    1. hollihd:
      I wish I knew more. I have very basic but sweet memories of my grandmother because she died when I was about 3. My father’s best friend told me she was a wonderful woman. I wonder if she was actually avant garde.

    1. Kirk,
      It was clearly nothing “shameful” given that all these photos were in their family album. But I wish I could talk to my grandparents s about it and how they felt being so daring at the time.

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