Tuesday, April 15, 2014

True Burlesque Burlesque Brawl Eric Stanton Draws a Battle of Burlesque Babes

True Burlesque Battle of the Babes!

As the traditional burlesque market started to dry up in the 1950s (due to television, which kept patrons home and censorship, which gave right-wing politicians something to run on) It was not unusual for burlesque dancers to take photographic shoots.  These early risque, and soon even nude photographs became common in the late 1950s and become more graphic in the 1960s.  

Illustrator Eric Stanton sold work to both Irving Klaw (of Bettie Page fame, who took hundreds of photographs of moonlighting burlesque dancers) and Leonard Burtman (who used artists to create fetishistic scenes it was harder to do with actual models, such as the above imaginary "wrestling women" scenario)  He also photographed his share of nude pin up models who came from the burlesque stage.  The unseemly smut from these two publishers had as much to do with the exploding pornography market as anyone, including Hef and Playboy.

Today it is reversed.  Pornography workers supplement their income with stage work...in upscale and WAY downscale joints.

As the 1960s came along, it was possible for men's magazines to put actual naked women on the covers instead of drawings.  As his work was in less demand for pinup magazines and vintage sleaze novels, he went into business for himself, selling "Stantoons" from his house...and doing more interior pages.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

True Burlesque Satan in High Heels Leonard Burtman

True Burlesque Leonard Burtman fetish publisher uses a Burlesque Opening in his 1962 stinker "Satan in High Heels" 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Striptease How Far can you GO? Bettie Page Shows You True Burlesque

True Burlesque  How Far you can GO?  Take a Tip from Bettie Page.

Nick de Morgoli Photographs Bettie Page for Carnival and Hillman Publications.

 Nick de Morgoli was far better known for his portraits of Marilyn Monroe than for these shots of Bettie Page which ran in Carnival Magazine in 1953. Intentional or not, the photos were credited with a misspelled name…Margoli, not Morgoli. Whoever wrote the copy is not identified at all. This was just the second issue of Carnival. 

I think these photos would come from the period just before Irving Klaw began hiring the model, when Bettie was being shown in Robert Harrison's publications and often not identified by name. These are far from the nicest photographs of Ms. Page, but Nick usually didn't fool around. He also took photos while working for the PIX agency, some which ran in Life Magazine, and car photos for Argosy. Nick's photos of Marilyn Monroe were used for covers around the world. Photoplay, Motion Picture Magazine, Screen Life…and for a number of years he was a staff photographer for Vogue.

 Carnival was a digest-sized magazine from Hillman publications. Alex Hillman founded the company to print true crime and confession magazines. Later he capitalized on the nation's celebrity obsession with Pageant, People Today, but on the side some right-wing propaganda. Until they came under criticism, Hillman was a major comic book producer as well. Lurid little versions of the same crap he published as true crime, but drawn for the kids! "Guide for Strip-Teasers" 

Carnival December 1953. Photographs by Nick de Morgoli.

True Burlesque Folly Kansas City Cleans up their Burlesque Act

True Burlesque Folly  Kansas City Cleans up their Burlesque Act

IN 1963, one "Miss Chickie Teas"  AKA Jarolyn Ann Tackett and "Miss Tele Star" AKA Nancy Linetta Freitag were arrested, along with Folly Burlesque owner Wally Nash for indecent performance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Kansas City.  Hmmm.  Two 16 year olds in the audience.  Well, I'm sure they turned out okay. 
 Guess what?  They cleaned up their act and are still at it!  Kansas City here I come.

Today Kansas City is booming with burlesque like never before, and their annual festival is coming up in MAY.

A successfully funded Kickstarter program allowed the girls to do the dance again, decades later! They've cleaned up their act! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

True Burlesque The Big Finish

A longhorn dancer finishes her act with a flourish.   Drummer seems nonplussed.

True Burlesque Original snapshot no date Collection Victor Minx


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

True Burlesque Double D of Dorian Dennis

Dorian Dennis was one of those bombshells photographed by Irving Klaw, but she had smarts and ambition beyond most of his models.  Dorian's Klaw photos are of the busty burlesque type…not the bondage.  She did a few of his crappy burlesque shorts too.


Dorian had a degree in chemistry from New York University.  Gossip slinger Lee Mortimer once said she was "five seven and a half in her nylons" and had other notable proportions including, of course, the 39 inch bust.  He also reports she graduated from high school at age 15 and was a mental wizard…and was once spotted checking out g-strings in Yonkers. (THERE is a big news story…)   Fake news reporter Earl Wilson mentioned her in a column or two.  The mysteriously murdered or suicide victim Dorothy Kilgallen reported on Dorian's union squabbles in 1959 which led to her moving to Florida.

Dorian Dennis was AKA Dee Dee (no doubt a play on her fake name and cup size) and AKA Double Dynamite and AKA Miss French Riviera (whatever…)   Fetish booster Lenny Burtman used her too…in one of his fake "letter to the editor" pieces.  The other girls loved her.  In a puff piece for the flick "Buxom Beautease" they all say she is  one of the best liked girls in burlesque.  She is shown here "throwing good material" into her act.

Dorian was represented by Eddie Kaplan, Broadway based flesh merchant. She did the beadwork on some of her costumes (which were specially designed to fall off easily.)

Dorian was born in Brooklyn and aspired to a career as a doctor.  But after the war, she took a job as a hat check girl at Toots Shors and at the Latin Quarter.  A wire story from 1958, when she was at the top of her game, reports her flying from gig to gig and aspiring to legitimate theater.  She never made it.

Unfortunately,as the Miami News reported 12/8/70 she passed away of cancer in 1970, but was dancing the year before.  Her last appearances were at strip clubs on Collins Avenue before it became glamorous.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

True Burlesque White Fury Cyclone of Motion Tempest of Tease Human Blockbuster

True Burlesque White Fury.  We have been having a bit of that here, but we call it snow.  Patti Kelly called herself White Fury because she was a blonde, I suppose, but as there are brunette pics of her too, who knows.  A fairly stocky, strong fury she was.  In this photo it looks like White fury could kick your ass AND win the summer olympics on the balance beam or horse…those thighs are powerful.  This dancer would NOT be moved unless she wanted to, except maybe her 44 inch chest.  That never stopped moving.  PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION VICTOR MINX.