lesbian pulp and the lavender universe: Le Monocle, where lesbians met in 1920s Paris

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Le Monocle, where lesbians met in 1920s Paris

Le Monocle, a well-know lesbian bar in the Montmartre section of Paris from the 1920s through the early 1940s is credited as being one of the first, and certainly the most famous of lesbian nightclubs that flourished in 1920s Paris. Located on Edgar-Quinet Boulevard, the bar was opened by Lulu de Montparnasse.

Lulu, owner of Le Monocle

Sitting at the bar in Le Monocle

Monocles were a fashion trend for lesbians indicating their sexual preference; worn by such women as Lady Troubridge and Radclyffe Hall, author of the Well of Loneliness.

British Sculptor Lady Troubridge and partner of Radclyffe Hall
Portrait of Lady Troubridge by Romaine Brooks

Troubridge and Radclyffe Hall
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Paris wasn't the only place lesbians wore monocles, in Berlin, Germany another bar named Monokel opened in 1932 but closed in March of 1933 when the Nazi party closed down Berlin's gay and lesbian bars. This great poster reads:

The Bar of the the Woman
(Located at) Budapester Strasse 14 
The Dancing Cabaret of the 
Sophisticated Glamourous World
Admission free  Well-kept beers

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