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The Ladies of Burlesque – Signs and Posters

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'”.

K. K. Kelly and the Runway Rompers

 

Akiko O’Toole and a Stageful of Girls

 

Irma the Body

 

Charming Charmaine – The TNT Girl

 

Miss Gee Whiz – 52-28-38
Gee Whiz, Indeed!

 

The Rage of Burlesque

 

Ann Perry – The Jane Russell of Burlesk

 

Georgia Sothern – That Fiery Redhead

 

Zorita

 

Dixie Evans – The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque

 

Tempest Storm – That Bust Out Girl

 

Harry Clark’s Park Avenue Revue

 

Frosti Winters

 

Lee “Hot Rod” Wayne

The Real Age of Burlesque

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.

Frosty Conners

Frosty Conners

Candy Hart

Candy Hart

Dee Angela

Dee Angela

Kupie Doll

Kupie Doll

Lili St. Cyr

Lili St. Cyr

Venus La Doll

Venus La Doll

Star Markee aka The Cherokee Flash

Star Markee aka The Cherokee Flash

Sheena aka The Fantastic Savage

Sheena aka The Fantastic Savage

Angel Blue aka The Heavenly Body

Angel Blue aka The Heavenly Body

Baby Jane aka The Original Doll

Baby Jane aka The Original Doll

Jessica Rogers aka The WOW Girl

Jessica Rogers aka The WOW Girl

Blaze Starr aka Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Blaze Starr aka Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Gia-Mo

Gia-Mo

Julie Gibson aka The Bashful Bride

Julie Gibson aka The Bashful Bride

Paula Fontane

Paula Fontane

Precious Diamond

Precious Diamond

Rita Alexander

Rita Alexander

Ladies of Burlesque – Big Hair Edition

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.

Rita Alexander

Rita Alexander

Paula Fontane

Paula Fontane

Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell

Sheena - The Fantastic Savage

Sheena – The Fantastic Savage

Tanya Mitzoko - The Explosive Doll

Tanya Mitzoko – The Explosive Doll

Tempest Storm

Tempest Storm

Sintana

Sintana

Natasa

Natasa

Monica Kennedy - The Sexiest of them all

Monica Kennedy – The Sexiest of them all

Linda Brigette

Linda Brigette

La Belle Violetta

La Belle Violetta

Dee Angela

Dee Angela

Candy Hart

Candy Hart

Blaze Starr - Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Blaze Starr – Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Angel Blue

Angel Blue – The Heavenly Body

Frosty Conners

Frosty Conners

How to Undress for Your Husband – 1937

“Frankly as a social measure Allen Gilbert, who puts on shows for such topnotch burlesque houses as Manhattan’s Apollo and Philadelphia’s Shubert, is starting a School of Undressing in Manhattan this month. Three wives, anxious to improve their marital manners, will learn the correct way to take off their clothes. Mr. Gilbert feels that many a marriage ends in the divorce court because the wife grows sloppy and careless in the bedroom. “I am dedicating my school to the sanctity of the American home,” he says. The Gilbert faculty is recruited from the ranks of the burlesque performers from all over. Already 48 wives who suspect there is something wrong with their disrobing methodology have signed up for the $30 Gilbert course of six lessons. From these they will learn how to make going to bed appear a thing of charm and pleasure rather than a routine chore.”

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DO

DON"T

DON”T

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june st. clair with allen gilbert

june st. clair with allen gilbert

 

 

 

Photography: Burlesque Pt. 6

Always a crowd pleaser. The ladies of burlesque are beautiful, sexy and way ahead of their time. These photos come from the excellant site http://burleskateer.tumblr.com Check it out, hundreds of great vintage burlesque and striptease shots.

1955 New York City – Striptease Dolls & Burlesk Beauties

Gay Dawn

Candy Barr – The Sugar & Spice Girl

Diane Ross and her Monkey Squeaky

“Flaming” Mamie Stover – The Female Firecracker

Gilda and her Crowning Glory (?)

Yvette Dare and her Macaw Lippy

Rose La Rose – Off Work

Donna Mae “Busty” Brown

Gay Dawn – Part 2

Lilly Christine

Jada – World’s Hottest Exotic

Lily Ayers – aka. Icel Condon

Mitzi Doré

Libby Jones – The Park Avenue Playgirl