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"Papayorum Lokarum", 1982
Collection Description & Creator Information
Includes postcard correspondence and printed materials from Consuegra's underground tabloid zine, SIE. Consuegra received postcards from various male friends who signed off with female pseudonyms and referred to themselves and Consuegra in the female pronoun. This close knit circle of friends were mostly homosexual men of Latin American origins living and working as artists, writers, and filmmakers in Europe and the United States.
According to Ramón Alejandro, who was known as La Tetona, each member of the group had a female nickname. Consuegra was known as Papayi Taloka and signed his editorial work on SIE as so. Néstor Almendros signed much of his correspondence with Consuegra as Adua la Pedagoga, a name that later became the title to Alejandro's 2012 book. Severo Sarduy was known as La Chelo or Chelo Alonso, the real life name of the Cuban-Mexican actress famous for playing femme fatales in Italian cinema in the 1960s. Many nicknames found in the correspondence allude to old-Hollywood and international starlets like Dolores del Río, Concha Piquer, Fanny Schiller, and Renée Adorée. Other nicknames were tongue-in-cheek, sexual innuendos like La Warrah, La Incalculable, and the aforementioned La Tetona.
The papers also include zine matter and magazine clippings for SIE. Consuegra edited and compiled SIE, a multilingual (mostly Spanish-German with occasional English) handwritten magazine in the 1960s. Consuegra most likely circulated SIE to his circle of friends who may or may not have been living openly as gay men. The zine took the form of a fake tabloid scandal; its topics ranged from nonsensical to humorous and tongue and cheek, implying gender based and sexual innuendos. Included in these materials are transfer lettering alphabets, outlines, and the Diccionario enciculopedico, a list of slang gay sex vocabulary.
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Nothing was removed from the 2016 processing.
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Open for research.
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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"Papayorum Lokarum"; Pedro Consuegra Papers, C1533, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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