It came from David Drummond – of that treasure-house of showbiz memorabilia from bygone eras, Pleasures of Past Times – with whom I presented a recent evening on pantos at The Magic Circle.
As a child, I was mystified by the tradition of Dames being played by men and the leading men, or 'Principle Boys' (Aladdins, Robin Hoods, Robinson Crusoes and Dick Wittingtons), being played by GIRLS!
I always thought there was something a bit odd about the courtship between Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty and the long-legged, bossomy lasses who were playing their Princes; but I have to say this image of music hall entertainer Fanny Robina in her 1907 Principle Boy get-up, stretches credulity pretty much to breaking point!
"Oh, no it doesn't!"
"Oh, yes it does!"
No wonder I grew up a bit confused about gender attraction issues!