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Two male entertainers in Spanish costume (one in female dress), San Quentin Little Olympics Field Meet, 1930 [photograph]
Stanley, Leo L. (Leo Leonidas), 1886-1976
Date Created and/or Issued
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Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
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Marin County Free Library
San Quentin Prison-Little Olympics Field Meet – Dr. Leo Stanley Collection, 1930
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This photograph is from the 17th annual field meet held at San Quentin in 1930 when James B. Holohan was the acting warden. Olympic Club member, Frank G. Kane, was Master of Ceremonies. The entertainers depicted are San Quentin inmates; the cross-dressers were a popular attraction. Beginning in 1913, an annual track and field meet known as the Little Olympics was held at San Quentin Prison on a holiday such as Thanksgiving Day or Admission Day, under the auspices of the San Francisco Olympic Club. This was a day when prison rules were suspended and prisoners were allowed to participate in athletic and stage events, cheered on by their fellow inmates. The meet was the brainchild of reformist warden, James A. Johnston, who was a member of the Olympic Club. After Olympic Club sponsorship ended, athletic events and field meets inspired by the Little Olympics continued to form part of prison life. In addition to traditional track and field events,the Little Olympics also included such non-traditional activities as a tug-of-war between teams recruited from the San Quentin mill and shops, a pie-eating contest, sack races, clowns, and musical and stage entertainment.
1 photographic print, b&w ; 10 x 14 cm.
California State Prison at San Quentin
Marin County (Calif.)
Track and field
Prisoners 1910-1940
Olympic Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
Recreation--California--Marin County
Stanley, Leo L. (Leo Leonidas), 1886-1976
California State Prison at San Quentin--Little Olympics
Holohan, James B
Johnston, James A., 1874-
Marin County (Calif.)
San Quentin (Calif.)
Photograph from folio [3], 1930 San Quentin Field Meet album, Dr. Leo L. Stanley Collection, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library (Call number 365.979462 Stanley).

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