Photograhy: Burlesque Promo Shots
Like an actor needs a good head shot, the Burlesques queens of the 40’s – 60’s needed a good promo photo to show off their many talents and attributes. These would be displayed outside the Burlesque houses in Chicago, New York, LA and everywhere inbetween. How else could you decide who you wanted to see? – Diane Ross and her Monkey Squeaky, Heaven Lee – ‘The Devilish Angel of Burlesque’, Precious Diamond, Ann ‘Bang, Bang’ Arbor, Tinker Bell or Maxine Martin ‘The 6′ 4″ Skyscrapper’. Looking at these now, they’re all relitively PG-13 rated but back then they must have been scandolous – I mean the photo of Mickey “Ginger” Jones – ‘The Wham Wham Girl’ is pretty provocative, and Fabulous Fanny’s shot is just plain odd.