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Great English music hall star, a very fine male impersonator.
King was born in the seaside resort of New Brighton on the Wirral and performed with her father on the beach in a company of minstrels.
She first appeared on the London stage at the age of six with her comedian father, Will King. By 1905, she was appearing in music halls, with her solo act, as a male impersonator, often dressed as a "dandy". Her career spanned both World Wars when she performed in the uniform of either a soldier or a sailor.
In the First World War her act included, in 1916, "Songs the soldiers sing" when she sang some of the less rude of the songs invented by soldiers in the trenches.King also played the principal boy in many pantomimes. She continued to entertain until the end of her life, touring with the late 1940s nostalgia show Thanks for the Memory.
This is an exceptionally early vintage sepia postcard of Hetty King as a young sailor, nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink across the image. In very good condition.