An early female-to-male gender-affirming surgery – Set of latern slides after water-colours, Vienna 1920s or 1930s

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[Collection of 47 glass plate positives reproducing water-colours that document a female-to-male gender-affirming surgery, presumably an early form of metoidioplasty.] S.l. [Vienna], s.a. [1920s or 1930s].

[Collection of 47 glass plate positives reproducing water-colours that document a female-to-male gender-affirming surgery, presumably an early form of metoidioplasty.] S.l. [Vienna], s.a. [1920s or 1930s].

8,5:8,5 cm (lantern slides), 38,5:12:9,5 cm (box). 47 glass glass plate colour positives, inserted in a wooden box with metal clasp.

Unique set of latern slides from the 1920s or 1930s presumably documenting an early form of metoidioplasty, a female-to-male gender-affirming surgery reported only in 1973.

Contents: The set consists of 47 double glass plate positives reproducing water-colours that document step-by-step a probably entire sex reassignment surgery for transmen. The original drawings, executed with accuracy and artistry, depict in great detail, as it seems, the entire process of a metoidioplasty, a surgery reported to having been performed for the first time only in 1973 in the U.S. Metoidioplasty is a variant of phalloplasty that includes the creation of a neophallus from a hormonally enlarged clitoris, urethral lengthening and scrotoplasty.

The 47 latern slides document two series each representing a phase of the surgery, which can be seen from the typewritten German inscriptions with numbering mounted between the glass plates („Erw. vag. total“ and „Vagin. tot. exst.“, numbered 1-31 and 2-10; 12-16 respectively, 2 plates are not numbered). Phase 1: The urethral plate and urethra are completely dissected from the clitoral corporeal bodies. Phase 2: The testosterone-enlarged clitoris straightened out and elongated.

The glass plate positives are inserted in a wooden box with 50 slits, i.e. 3 of the slits are empty. However it is not determinable for us whether the set is complete, moreover as many of the slides have tipped-on alternative numbering. Inside of the lid the box is embossed with the stamp of „Rud. Siebert Wien, IX/3.“ Founded in 1864, Siebert was a Vienna based major supplier for the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical industries and purveyor to the Habsburg court. Siebert also supplied image projectors for projecting results of diascopies, microscopic examinations and the like, e.g. in a catalogue published in 1927.

Condition: Some of the double plates lack the black paper framing, otherwise very well preserved indeed.

Reference: Durfee R, Rowland W. Penile Substitution With Clitoral Enlargement and Urethral Transfer. In: Laub DR, Gandy P, editors. Proceedings of the Second Interdisciplinary Symposium on Gender Dysphoria Syndrome. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1973, p. 181–3 (cit. "Metoidioplasty." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 3 Dec. 2023, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metoidioplasty. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.); Rud. Siebert A.G.: Moderne Projektions-Apparate für diaskopische, episkopische und mikroskopische Projektion. Für Haus und Familie, Schulen, Vereine. Wien: 1927.