Sunday, November 23, 2014

True Burlesque Club Delisa Black and Tan Crusty Remnants of the Chicago Scene

True Burlesque Club Delisa style!  Some crusty photographic remnants of the Black and Tan club scene in Chicago!  The Club DeLisa photographs quite likely taken by master photographer Samuel Simmons.

Three original club photographs with original sleeves circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman
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Monday, November 17, 2014


Francita the First Lady of Radium!  Well, not really.  True Burlesque scientist Madame Curie was the first lady of radium, but no one wanted to see her strip.   Maybe not even her presumably equally radioactive husband.  Marie Curie discovered the element, and it killed her.   Francita was obviously a different story, but she still felt the need for a glowing gimmick.  Being an "exotic" or at least performing as one, she, of course, did things like "Voodoo Conga"  and such, but that she GLOWED was the real gate-grabber.  Early radioactive special effects.  No wonder I find little about the dancer.  I hope she survived her own act.
Francita left a small nuclear paper trail.  No real name, no dates…She did dance around the country.   One credit is "A Star of Mutiny on the Bounty" which was surely the big dance scene which made Clark Gable radiate from his loins, but I can't find her listed in the credits.  She's in there, I know it.  Francita also appeared in Flying Down to Rio (see HERE…one of the daredevils on wings, I assume) but that's about it.  If anyone knows who or what Francita was, get in touch!

Francita "Seen in a Blackout" First Lady of Radium promotional card New Orleans 1944 Collection Victor Minx.


Friday, November 7, 2014

True Burlesque Burlesque Beauties! Baby Lake and her Beer Stein Bra Sande Marlowe, Jessica Rogers

True Buresque Beauties. Lenny Burtman cobbles together yet another quickie cash-in using somewhat tired photos of even more tired hardworking burleskers in 1959.  Published under the Burtman umbrella through the little known "Phoebe" offshoot which has not been documented.  Like them all (there were dozens) some thirty pages of black and white shots of workers who lugged their tired dogs and their costumes to an amateur studio to supplement their meager, but hard earned wages on the boards.

Sande Marlowe was a Minx centerfold.  She also appeared on the cover of the second SIZZLE, a big favorite here at Vintage Sleaze as it was primitive and haphazard, and they always make a post which cooks.  Sizzle was the "so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk" smut magazine.  She called herself "The Venus of Stageland" and spent much time doing the dance in Mexico City for some reason. 

Evelyn West we have made fun of before.  Look her up!  Check out her battle with a bible-thumper at the link. 
Baby Lake posed for Irving Klaw.  She was no baby.  In fact, to me anyway, she not only looks grown up, she looks kinda scary.  And quite possibly insane as well…check out her umm…German beer stein bra?  WHAT the?

By comparison Jessica Rogers looks safe and pleasant.  She worked under the name "The Texas Tantilizer" She worked in Hollywood, but it must not have worked out as she was back in front of the footlights after three years.  The girl next door, if you lived next door to a strip dive in the 1940s.  She was known as "The Wow Girl" to the troops, she goes back that far.  Lenny?  Can you provide us with some newer pinups?  The war has been over for 15 years!
Burlesque Beauties  1959 Collection Victor Minx

Thursday, October 9, 2014

True Burlesque The Baltimore Block and Sol Goodman

Sol Goodman herds "trainees" out of his classy joint the Two O'Clock.  "Get home safe girls."
Sol Goodman ran major stable of burlesque stripper product.  True Burlesque big time!  He made a good living owning the Gayety theater in Baltimore, until he complained "movies ruined it" by which I suppose he means stag films, by which I suppose he means horny guys in trench coats could get more visual action with a projector and a white sheet hung on the wall of the gas station just out of town (where I saw MY first stag) rather than in one of his clubs.  Still, the "Block" in Baltimore where Sol had his dumps persisted for decades.

Sol's greatest accomplishment was changing Fanny Belle Fleming's name to Blaze Starr and putting her on the stage in his other dump the Two O'Clock Club, smack dab in the middle of Baltimore's red-light district.  All Sol's girls had a schtick…"The Girl with the Flaming Eyebrows" seen here, and  "The Queen of Muscle Control" among them.  There were more.  
"The Girl with the Flaming Eyebrows" one of Sol's Major Earners
Sol also owned the Clover theater in Baltimore until he sold it to the sister of Jessica Rogers (The WOW girl) so he could concentrate on his other dives (and his increasing stable of dame talent.)  Sol used to break in his talent at the Clover, and if they were good earners, he would move them up to the Two O' Clock.

Sol worked with his wife, as Blaze Starr reported she was told to contact the pair in Baltimore.  According to Thomas Bruce Morgan in "Self-Creations: 13 Impersonalities"  Sol was "a balding, pudgy man with fast eyes and beefy hands…" who knew the secret to business was "…brighter lights."  One of his most brilliant tricks to drum up admissions was sending racy photographs of his girls gratis to smut magazines, frequently showing more than they did on stage, to fever up potential clients across the country.  Even back in the late 1950s, a woman who posed in the smut magazines could demand a higher wage for her stage show. 

I have seen posts on message boards asking for a picture of Sol.  Here you go, but I am sorry he seems to be hiding his "beefy hands" in the till.
Sol hides his reportedly "beefy hands" in the till
I suspect Sol also put his babes in the movies in a desperate attempt to maintain interest his his joints, for example, the clunker "Blaze Starr Goes Nudist" but I don't see his name in the credits.  Maybe he took his cut in cash.  I do see, however, Bunny Yeager did the still photography for it!  

Sol places himself in the sleaze stew with an article he wrote himself titled "How I Make Strippers" in which he admits, without shame, putting a 16 year old girl who measured 42-22-36 on stage in Baltimore.  While she claimed to be 22, she was a runaway from an orphanage in Texas.  Does Sol regret it?  Nope!  I quote Mr. Goodman.  "When they took her back, she promised she would come back when she came of age, and see me.  I hope she does, for she had real talent."  He goes on to lament all the headaches he earns "training" the girls…and says they have to be handled with firmness.

Sol wanted to be a doctor, but circumstance forced him into taking over the Two O'Clock in 1936.  He got the Clover ten years later.  At one time the staff for the two clubs was 60 employees.  His management company (which at one time included Pandora, Candy Kane, Gina Marie, Nikki Masters, Delores Del Reye, Jean Carson, Pam Gail and Robin Sweet) brought in untold dollars. 
The Two O'Clock club had two shows: One at 11:30 and another at 1:30.  A typical show ran one hour,  starting with "The Six Vannettes" who were tap-dancers and quickly moving to a "Novelty Indian War Dance Number"  but according to Billboard Magazine  the routines "are ordinary and girls not especially good looking."  Then the big draw came on.. say the huge breasted national joke and mononymous blond Dagmar…who stripped.  Then they would play the Star-Spangled Banner and hustle out the rubes for the next show.

Soon Sol was sending out his women to dumps all over the country.  He would give them driving directions to Alburbeque, New Orleans…wherever he could get his cut.  He managed Tempest Storm for 24 years.  You want Tempest?  Go through Sol.  One of his workers, a stripper named Jody Lawrence, was reported to have "hit every big theater in the country" over the course of 6 months.

Jody Lawrence:  Earner with six months on the road for Sol
While Sol may have grumped the movies ruined his business, it was as much the seedy practice of burlesque clubs bringing in hookers and "B-girls" who tricked rubes into paying too much for watered down drinks.  When you wake up the next morning with a horrible headache and all your money is gone…why, heck…you might not go back for a WEEK or more!  That was the block's downfall too, though Larry Flynt helped bring it back with one of his Hustler clubs.

The building that housed the Gayety was torched by an arson in 2010.  Blaze didn't do it.  Neither did the girl with the flaming eyebrows.

By Jim Linderman  
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Friday, October 3, 2014

True Burlesque What Killed Burlesque ? Television did "SHOWS YOU CAN'T SEE ON ANY TV SHOW EVERY HOUR"

True Burlesque Patti Wagon shakes it after Ira the Imp cleans up.  What killed Burlesque?  It looks like television played a part.  Here, a desperate club owner tries to compete with the tube. Considerate prices too! Newspaper clipping no date Collection Victor Minx.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

True Tee Tee Red The True Burlesque Tale of Tee Tee

True Burlesque story of Tee Tee Red AKA Joy Murphy
One of the nicest things about Tee Tee Red is that she is still active, or at least she was in 2009 according to the bustoutburlesque site, and she is also listed as a current member of the Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society.  She is a joiner! 

I hate to say it, this being a woman-friendly site for polite urbane folks, but one of the other nicest things about Tee Tee Red was her butt.  

Plus it ain't just me.  Sleaze columnist Herb Rau mentions her anatomy too, in a 1964 issue of  The Miami News...with a photo which ran right next to white blues crooner Bing Crosby!
Tee Tee apparently caused a minor ruckus in Canada in 1962...and wouldn't you know it, Canadian sleaze columnist Jim Coleman mentioned her anatomy in his column too!

In the recent book The Blues Route by Hugh Merrill, Tee Tee's act is reported to have included...get this:  

"...and a woman named Tee-Tee Red who balanced champagne glasses on her breasts, and then drank out of them without using her hands."

The Miami Herald reported Tee Tee still stripping at age 45 in 1983. 

Tee Tee is Joy Murphy.  Bunny Yeager photographed her, but the pictures in this Leonard Burtman digest are uncredited.  "Tee Tee Red: America's Most Beautiful Redhead" was published in 1959 by Phoebe publishers but is identified on the inside back cover as a Burmel book.  Number 24 in the series!  The little doodles along the right are by Gene Bilbrew.  The Phoebe digests were one of Burtman's "vanilla" creative outlets.  No fetish, unless you count bottoms, red hair and opera gloves as a fetish...but the clear focus of Lenny's Phoebe books were boobs, not bondage.  Consequently, they are mostly lost now...the fetish folks seem to have kept their books in better condition. 

Burtman also seems to have sold original photograph glossies of Tee Tee which correspond to the photos inside.  Two bucks for a set of eight 4" x 5" glossies out of a PO Box in Radio City Station.  Order by Number.  She also appears in other Burtman magazines like Striperama.  She was included in Wolf-Bait issue number one, the little burlesque magazine attributed to Zee Zee Martine the same year.  Do not get your Zee Zee confused with your Tee Tee, they were different burleskers.

The pictures here are black and white, unfortunately, as Tee Tee was known more for her red hair that that rear end.  Tee Tee also had a role in the Jerry Lewis movie "The Bellboy" according to several sources, but I don't see her name on the IMDB.  They take the time to credit "Autograph Seeker" and "Hotel Guest" but not Tee Tee?    Since that movie was in black and white too, I didn't bother to find her.

Tee Tee Red: America's Most Beautiful Redhead 1959  Phoebe (Burmel) New York.
Collection Victor Minx
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