Postcards from Divine

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com December 07 2011 5:00 AM ET

For most of us, drag pioneer Divine probably conjures images of big hair, big boobs, and John Waters. But the guys behind Everything Divine Inc. want to ensure we know there's more to Divine, born Harris Glenn Milstead.

In Postcards From Divine, compiled by enthusiasts Noah Brodie, Dan Marshall, Michael O'Quinn, and Divine's mother, Frances Milstead, Divine's journey is shown as she traveled the globe from 1977 and 1987. Divine died on March 7, 1988.

The book also includes rare photos, quotes, and stories from friends and colleagues, including Waters, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Tab Hunter, Deborah Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ricki Lake, and others.

Check out some photos and postcards from Divine's travels on the following pages.
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE AMSTERDAM X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM

"Hi All, Things here in Holland are great. My new record is on the top 50 chart. Held over for a 2nd week. Very popular here as a pop star. I really love it! New record sold over 60,000 so far. Might finally make the big bucks. Love you, Glenn"
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE MUNICH X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM

"Hi. Working real hard. Got my first gold record. 1st time in Germany. Very pretty -- not as charming as Holland or as grand as Paris!! Harder because they don't speak English here. I leave tomorrow for Holland again, then Belgium then [Denmark?] again. We'll be in touch. Love, Glenn."
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE SANTA MONICA X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM

"Hi - Out here for a long, much needed vacation! I really love California! So I'm waiting to hear about show in L.A. -- some TV and movie work. Keep your fingers crossed and pray. I'll be in touch and let you all know what's happening. Just funning and sunning for now! Love ya. Hi to Aunt Doris and the Doggies."
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE BULLDOGS2 X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE PHOTOS X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM
POSTCARDS FROM DIVINE FRANCES MILSTEAD AND AUTHORS X560 (BRODIE) | ADVOCATE.COM