Casa Susanna

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PowerHouse Books, Jun 1, 2005 - Photography - 156 pages
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Casa Susanna is a fun and fabulous collection of found photography, shot some four decades ago, of a "safe haven" of weekend cross-dressers in the early 60s. While at a New York flea market, inveterate collectors Michel Hurst and Robert Swope discovered a large body of snapshots: album after aged album of well-preserved images, depicting a group of cross-dressers united around a place called Casa Susanna, a rather large and charmingly banal Victorian-style house in what looked to be a small-town in New Jersey. The inhabitants, visitors, guests, and hosts used it as a weekend headquarters for a regular "girl's life." Someone--probably "Susanna" or the matriarch--nailed a wonder board on a tree proclaiming it "Casa Susanna," and thus a Queendom was born. There is an evident pleasure of being here, at Casa Susanna, that is a liberation, a simplification of the conflicts inherent in a double life.

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The gatherings depicted within these pages initially appear to be the bridge parties of slightly bored, if typical, mid-century housewives; on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that these women ... Read full review


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