Burlesque, Burlesk, Burly-Q. However you spell it it’s still all the same – Great! Burlesque as a form of entertainment lasted a good long time. Starting in the 1860’s and sort of ending in the 1960’s with a resurgence in the 2000’s, Burlesque basically meant Variety Show with (hopefully) a striptease in there somewhere. It evolved into pretty much all Striptease by the 1950’s. Never overly raunchy or pornographic, Burly-Q was all about suggestion, the hope to see a shapely leg or glimpse of a breast. Toward the 60’s it got a bit dirtier, but as they say, “The times, they were a-changin'”.
I’ve posted a number of these great photos over the years and it’s time to do it again. These are not your modern Dita Von Teese burlesque queens. These are the originators – great names, great hair, great bodies. Some became hugely famous in their time; Lili St, Cyr, Tempest Storm (recorded a single for Jack White a few years ago) and Blaze Starr. Some (most) faded into obscurity. All are beautiful.
I love these Burlesque promo photos. Great names, beautiful bodies, legs, legs, legs and in this case; big fuckin hair. I always hear from people about these posts, usually the dancers families, daughters, grand kids. Just heard from one of the 50’s biggest stars – Bambi Jones, writing about friends she danced w/ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans – great! This version isn’t about the prettiest or best known (though Tempest Storm and Blaze Star were the tops), it’s about the hair.