Why is this man wearing a dress?

…That’s the question, plain and simple. I just happened to find these photos — really, I’m not fishing for photos about cross-dressing — when I was searching through the Chicago Historical Society’s terrific archive of old Chicago Daily News photos, which is posted at the Library of Congress Web site. Some of the photos, including these particular images from 1906, come without much in the way of explanatory information. This is apparently a man named Julius Duc, who was sitting at a police station, wearing a dress. He doesn’t look too happy. And if he had been trying to pass as a woman, that mustache must have been a dead giveaway. Or was this just some sort of police prank? Hmmm. (Click on the photos for larger images.)