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Title
Stage entertainment, including a male dancer in female dress, San Quentin Little Olympics Field Meet, 1930 [photograph]
Creator
unknown
Contributor
Stanley, Leo L. (Leo Leonidas), 1886-1976
Date Created and/or Issued
1930
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Collection
San Quentin Prison-Little Olympics Field Meet – Dr. Leo Stanley Collection, 1930
Rights Information
unknown
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Description
This photograph depicts the stage entertainment, including a cross-dresser, 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. 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.
Type
image
Format
1 photographic print, b&w ; 11 x 16 cm.
Identifier
csrcl_044
A.1925.001.045
ark:/13030/kt4k4025dh
http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/sqlo/id/38
Language
English
Subject
California State Prison at San Quentin
Marin County (Calif.)
Track and field
Athletics
Prisoners 1910-1940
Olympic Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
Recreation--California--Marin County
Cross-dressers
Musicians
Male dancers
Stanley, Leo L. (Leo Leonidas), 1886-1976
California State Prison at San Quentin--Little Olympics
Holohan, James B
Johnston, James A., 1874-
Place
Marin County (Calif.)
San Quentin (Calif.)
Source
Photograph from folio [24], 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).
Relation
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt0q2nc5z2
http://marinlibrary.org/californiaroom

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