Jean Idelle (Cowan): Often credited with being the first African American dancer to perform in integrated shows. She performed her famed fan dance all over the USA and Canada during the 1950s and 1960s, including headlining Minsky's Riatto Theater in Chicago. Jean would eventually retire from burlesque to devote her energy to raising her family. At the age of 82, Jean Idelle came out of retirement to perform her act one more time at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
Burlesque dancer Zorita feeding her snake.
La Vane (1960's) Vintage Black Burlesque
I come across very few pictures of black women in burlesque, which I think is a shame. Thea Garbo is BEAUTIFUL.
Lady Ernestine Exotic Queen
Gypsy Rose Lee, Queen of Burlesque
American actress and burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), circa 1950. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Vintage African american performers | Lotti The Body
Burlesque performer shot by Bruno Bernard 1950’s
How to Care for Vintage Lingerie - Early burlesque with the Ziegfeld girls.
In her dressing room, Arlene Stevens prepares for another performance of her “Birth Of A Pearl” routine..
Pat Dean Smith “Showgirl” pink satin and ostrich-feather dance gown from An American in Paris. (MGM, 1951) Elaborate pink satin long skirt with internal bustle, rhinestones, and ostrich feather accents, together with bikini-style top with ivory lace and ostrich feathers, designed by Orry-Kelly for Walter Plunkett. Worn by featured extra Pat Dean Smith as one of Georges Guétary’s pink showgirls for the “Stairway to Paradise” musical number in An American in Paris. Internal label marked “1507 ...
Burlesque Rose La Rose
vintage postcards of soiled doves | Vintage Edwardian risque postcard of an exotic dancer
Carmela (Rickman) - The Sophia Loren of Burlesk: vintage 8x10 photo Carmela was a divorced mother of two working as a waitress in Washington DC, when she decided to give burlesque a try. Eventually she signed with Sol Goodman, who was also Blaze Starr agent and the owner of the 2 o’clock Club in Baltimore, MD. Originally Carmela had danced under the moniker “The Torrid Twister”, but Goodman suggested they capitalize on her resemblance to Sophia Loren. Carmela was known for her muscle ...
Clara Bow in the Roaring '20s