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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.

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vintage postcards of soiled doves | Vintage Edwardian risque postcard of an exotic dancer

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La Vane (1960's) Vintage Black Burlesque

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Vintage Black Burlesque

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Burlesque dancer Zorita feeding her snake.

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Enter The Captivating World Of Burlesque In The 1950s

American actress and burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), circa 1950. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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Enter The Captivating World Of Burlesque In The 1950s

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I come across very few pictures of black women in burlesque, which I think is a shame. Thea Garbo is BEAUTIFUL.

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Vintage Burlesque Photos

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Gypsy Rose Lee, Queen of Burlesque

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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…

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In her dressing room, Arlene Stevens prepares for another performance of her “Birth Of A Pearl” routine..

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BURLESK: As You Like It!

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