Poster for the week of Monday 25 August 1913

Poster for the week of Monday 25 August 1913

Sharing top billing was singer Fred Barnes, ‘The Birmingham Idol’. Encouraged and drawn to the world of show business at an early age he became famous for his song ‘The Black Sheep of the Family’ which hinted at his homosexuality. It wasn’t until 1967 that homosexuality was made legal in the United Kingdom.

‘It’s a queer, queer world we live in
And Dame Nature plays a funny game
Some get all the sunshine
Others Get the Shame’

Image courtesy of The Library of Birmingham