Betty Brosmer, Beauty Parade magazine, July 1950
Dancer Evelyn Pilcher gets a full two page spread in Beauty Parade magazine, 1950. The Devil Dance (Malay and India) as she performs it on Broadway. It is always fabulous to find a black performer getting a decent spread in predominantly white magazines. There are still decades to go before seeing such a thing isn't remarkable.
From retrogoddess: Bettie Page’s mugshot from October 29th 1972. Many of Bettie’s fans don’t seem to know that she left the pinup world and became a religious fanatic. Years later she was diagnosed as schizophrenic and eventually spent over 11 years in a state mental institution because she stabbed three people. A husband and wife the first time, and her 66 year old roommate the second time because she said “God inspired her to do it”. Bettie was an interesting woman with a turbulent life.
BRILLIANT! No idea who she is, but I'll find out!
“Beauty Contestant Collapses” by Perry Griffith, 1954. Catalogued under this description: "Entrants for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant pose for the press while one of their number, Miss New Zealand, faints under the hot sun of Long Beach, California."
50s Burlesque performer Patti Waggin
Dancer Ida Marina photographed by Bernard of Hollywood, 1956
A young Bettie Page. When she started pin up modeling she didn't have the ubiquitous "bettie bangs" as they came to be known. Somewhere on here I have a photo of her doing a pin up shoot before she got bangs - in bra and undies and not just flashing leg! Looks like she's just warming up to the idea of stripping for the camera in this photo.
Miss UFO, 1950s
Maila Nurmi (Vampira)
Conchita Montenegro, 1931, photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull
Rare Bettie Page from a homemade scrapbook found in a dumpster in the 1960s. Side by side photos of Bettie, one of them sans the ubiquitous Bettie bangs.
Burlesque dancer Ethelyn Butler c. 1955
vavavoomrevisited: from the ( snapshots on the beach ) collection
Who wouldn't want to be Miss Nuclear Bomb???
No info on date, location and model yet. I'll come back to it....
American showgirl Baby Scruggs as she appears in the revue ‘From Paris To Piccadilly’, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 25th April 1952. Photograph by George Konig.
The infamous Sabrina. Bless her dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks heart!
Jayne Mansfield from Mr. Man Magazine, 1962
Bettie Page battling it out in a "Gypsy Girl on Trial" photo spread from Whisper Magazine, 1952.
Blaze Starr, burlesque star of the 1950s