Buffalo hide shield cover, Native American (Crow), 19th century. Shield cover which was painted with a design with magical powers which would protect the owner. The supernatural powers of the bear (shown here) would protect the owner from the flying bullets represented on the left of the shield. From the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Private Birthday Party is a private collection of found photographic slides that depict Kansas City’s early drag ball culture throughout the 1950s and 1960s. With over 200 images, this collection is a rare, important look into the rich history of mid-century drag ball culture in middle America. Thanks Dusti Cunningham!