Female Mimics magazine has evolved over its publication. When the first issue was released in 1963, the magazine covered transgender, crossdressers, and gender non-conforming persons from a standpoint that I would describe as somewhat admiring, somewhat intrigued, and somewhat fetishization. The early issues are peppered with stars from transgender history, such as Christine Jorgensen, Bambi, Shalimar, and Coccinelle. Also featured are clubs and venues where transgender persons may be found, such as Chez Madame Arthur and the Jewel Box Revue.
The magazine is most interesting to me because it highlighted many transgender persons and clubs that I had never even heard of in passing, which has given me new avenues for research and cataloging. A task which will never end. But also note that magazines such as these gave hope to thousands of closeted transgender persons, who could read and live vicariously through the photos and stories contained within their pages. They also provided guides for where isolated and lonely transgender persons could meet others just like themselves.
In later issues the magazine turns to more of a fetishist bent, but I’ve still decided to host all the ones I have copies of. I own no paper copies of these except for the premiere issue, which I hope to scan in very high resolution soon. The rest of these came from the Digital Transgender Archive, of which Transas City is a part.
Please note that in later issues the numbering seems to be off. For example, Volume 5 Number 1 is Spring 1979, whereas Volume 7 Number 1 is Winter 1975-1976. What I imagine happened was the magazine was sold and the new owners started a new issuing system, but I do not know. Also note that Volume 5 Issue 3 in 1979 goes by the name “New Female Mimics,” and refers to it being its third issue of the year – but Issue 1 is simply titled “Female Mimics.”
I have 16 issues in total that are hosted here. Enjoy!