Famed manager of Los Angeles’ 'FOLLIES Theatre': Lillian Hunt (center) poses with a half-dozen of her showgirls.. I can recognize Patti Waggin (3rd from Left) and Novita (Far Right).. Not so sure about the others, unfortunately..

Famed manager of Los Angeles’ 'FOLLIES Theatre': Lillian Hunt (center) poses with a half-dozen of her showgirls.. I can recognize Patti Waggin (3rd from Left) and Novita (Far Right).. Not so sure about the others, unfortunately..

Vintage 50’s-era photo features the faded facade of the old 'GAYETY Theatre'; located in downtown Detroit, Michigan.. Built in September of 1912, the venue was once a part of the famed "Columbia Wheel" of Burlesque theatres.. For a time, it was also owned by the 2 Franks (Bryan and Engel).. But by April of ‘58, it would be closed down and demolished to make way for a parking lot..

Vintage 50’s-era photo features the faded facade of the old 'GAYETY Theatre'; located in downtown Detroit, Michigan.. Built in September of 1912, the venue was once a part of the famed "Columbia Wheel" of Burlesque theatres.. For a time, it was also owned by the 2 Franks (Bryan and Engel).. But by April of ‘58, it would be closed down and demolished to make way for a parking lot..

In 1948, Los Angeles photographer Milton Lewis captures an unidentified dance duo during rehearsals on stage at the famed 'El Capitan Theatre'..

In 1948, Los Angeles photographer Milton Lewis captures an unidentified dance duo during rehearsals on stage at the famed 'El Capitan Theatre'..

Vintage press photo dated from November of ‘53, features the facade of Minneapolis’ famed 'ALVIN Theatre'.. Originally opened as the 'Schubert Theatre' in 1910, it began use as a Burlesque stage in early ‘41..
Pressure from conservative religious groups and continuous vice raids forced management to eventually lease the building to Rev. Russell H. Olson, who transformed the building into the 'Minneapolis Evangelistic Auditorium'.. Religion didn’t fare much better than striptease; and within three years the church moved out, too..

Vintage press photo dated from November of ‘53, features the facade of Minneapolis’ famed 'ALVIN Theatre'.. Originally opened as the 'Schubert Theatre' in 1910, it began use as a Burlesque stage in early ‘41..

Pressure from conservative religious groups and continuous vice raids forced management to eventually lease the building to Rev. Russell H. Olson, who transformed the building into the 'Minneapolis Evangelistic Auditorium'.. Religion didn’t fare much better than striptease; and within three years the church moved out, too..

Tempest Storm 
Vintage photo dated from ‘53, features Ms. Storm posing backstage at the 'STAR Theatre'; located in Portland, Oregon..  Photographed by - Thomas Robinson

Tempest Storm

Vintage photo dated from ‘53, features Ms. Storm posing backstage at the 'STAR Theatre'; located in Portland, Oregon..  Photographed by - Thomas Robinson

noonesnemesis:

The poster says:
Blaze Starr - "Miss Spontaneous Combustion"..
and yes,— there was a real fire
'GAYETY Theatre'  (ca.1960)

noonesnemesis:

The poster says:

Blaze Starr - "Miss Spontaneous Combustion"..

and yes,— there was a real fire

'GAYETY Theatre'  (ca.1960)


"BLUES SINGER" Gets Dressed!
Vintage press photo dated from July of ‘37, features showgirl Lee Marmer getting dressed at Billy Minsky’s 'REPUBLIC Theatre'.. The venue was one of 6 venues shut down in the wake of Mayor LaGuardia’s crackdown on nudity in NYC.. Burlesque promoters circumvented this mandate by dressing their chorus girls in bigger costumes, and re-billing their shows as "Vaudeville" productions:  More singing,— less nudity!

"BLUES SINGER" Gets Dressed!

Vintage press photo dated from July of ‘37, features showgirl Lee Marmer getting dressed at Billy Minsky’s 'REPUBLIC Theatre'.. The venue was one of 6 venues shut down in the wake of Mayor LaGuardia’s crackdown on nudity in NYC.. Burlesque promoters circumvented this mandate by dressing their chorus girls in bigger costumes, and re-billing their shows as "Vaudeville" productions:  More singing,— less nudity!

Vintage photo dated from the 1920’s features the facade and marquee of the ‘EMPIRE Burlesque’ theatre.. Sadly, it’s since been torn down. But it once existed at 102 State Street; in downtown Albany, New York..

Vintage photo dated from the 1920’s features the facade and marquee of the ‘EMPIRE Burlesque’ theatre.. Sadly, it’s since been torn down. But it once existed at 102 State Street; in downtown Albany, New York..

BURLESQUE  —  As License Commissioner (Paul Moss) Likes It!
Vintage press photo dated from July of ‘37, features a line of heavily-costumed chorus girls on the stage of the recently-reopened 'REPUBLIC Theatre'.. The venue was one of 6 venues shut down in the wake of Mayor LaGuardia’s crackdown on Vice in NYC.. However, LaGuardia’s plans were somewhat thwarted by clever Burlesque promoters that simply re-dressed their showgirls more conservatively, and re-billed their shows as "Vaudeville" productions: More comedy,— less nudity!

BURLESQUE  — As License Commissioner (Paul Moss) Likes It!

Vintage press photo dated from July of ‘37, features a line of heavily-costumed chorus girls on the stage of the recently-reopened 'REPUBLIC Theatre'.. The venue was one of 6 venues shut down in the wake of Mayor LaGuardia’s crackdown on Vice in NYC.. However, LaGuardia’s plans were somewhat thwarted by clever Burlesque promoters that simply re-dressed their showgirls more conservatively, and re-billed their shows as "Vaudeville" productions: More comedy,— less nudity!

Press photo dated from the mid-50’s features an unidentified Burlesque theatre on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago.. A pair of sailors check their wallets to see if they have enough cash to catch (yet) another viewing of Irving Klaw’s 1954 film: 'VARIETEASE'..
Photographed by - Kenneth Heilbron

Press photo dated from the mid-50’s features an unidentified Burlesque theatre on South Wabash Avenue in Chicago.. A pair of sailors check their wallets to see if they have enough cash to catch (yet) another viewing of Irving Klaw’s 1954 film: 'VARIETEASE'..

Photographed by - Kenneth Heilbron