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Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), Music hall entertainer

Vesta Tilley (Matilda Alice (née Powles), Lady de Frece)

Sitter in 49 portraits
As a child, Tilley toured the music halls in a solo singing and dancing act. Finding she expressed herself better as a boy, she adopted male attire and, with songs such as Burlington Bertie, became the most successful male impersonator in the business. During the war she gave performances to promote recruitment and raise funds for wounded soldiers. Her songs, including Jolly Good Luck To The Girl Who Loves A Soldier and The Army Of Today's All Right, encouraged so many men to enlist that she was called 'England's Greatest Recruiting Sergeant'.

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Vesta Tilley

published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
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Vesta Tilley

published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
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Vesta Tilley

published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa late 1890s
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Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160038

Vesta Tilley

by Brown, Barnes & Bell, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160040

Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160041

Vesta Tilley

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160042

Vesta Tilley

by Henry Roland White, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160045

Vesta Tilley; Sir (Abraham) Walter de Frece

by Marcus Guttenberg, published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160051

Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
matte bromide postcard print, early 1900s
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Ax160071

Vesta Tilley

by Brown, Barnes & Bell, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
matte bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160239

Vesta Tilley

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
matte bromide book postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160258

Vesta Tilley

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Ax160260

Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by The Philco Publishing Co
postcard print, 1900s
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Vesta Tilley

published by Rapid Photo Co
postcard print, 1900s
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