Friday, November 9, 2012


Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! You will see things you never dreamed were possible! They will wiggle and waggle and shake and shimmy, and they're going to show you everything you want to see! This is the blog you've heard about! This is the one that they're all talking about! You will never forget what you see inside this blog!

Barker — "Barker" was never an authentic carnival term. Carnies call the person gathering a tip for a show a "talker" — the "outside talker" attracts the tip and the "inside talker" or "lecturer" conducts the crowd through a ten-in-one show, describing the acts and building interest in the "blowoff"

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Burlesque Posters

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Ziegfeld Girls were the chorus girls from Florenz Ziegfeld's theatrical spectaculars known as the Ziegfeld Follies (1907–1931), which were based on the Folies Bergère of Paris.
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These showgirls followed on the heels of the "Florodora girls", who had started to "loosen the corset" of the Gibson Girl in the early years of the twentieth century.
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 These beauties, of similar size, decked out in Erté designs, gained many young male admirers and they became objects of popular adoration.

Peeking in Peking: Chinese Peep Show

Is this the first ever peep show photo? Believe it or not, this photo was taken in 1874. Ironically, these peekers are in Peking, the Chinese capital now known as Beijing. While it's unlikely that the peepers are watching a motion picture, Chinese peep shows were known as la yang p'ien (pulling foreign picture cards) and  like its American and European counterparts, featured a series of images on display inside the box.

Burlesque Timeline

A Journey Into The Burlesque

Jadin Wong burlesque dancer 1940’s
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High Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery
When “Little Egypt” scandalized New York
In 1896, a young woman named Ashea Waba—who had adopted the stage name Little Egypt—was invited to do some belly dancing at a bachelor party held at swanky Sherry’s restaurant in Midtown.
Belly dancing had recently been introduced to America. Victorian-era audiences were shocked by the sexy stomach swiveling—so much so that the dance was given the nickname the Hootchy-Kootchy. Normally the Hootchy-Kootchy was performed in belly-bearing skirts or pantaloons, like in the photo of Little Egypt at left. But  cops were tipped off that she would be dancing naked. The vice squad came to Sherry’s, and Little Egypt was arrested. After a trial that made all the New York tabloids, she was cleared of violating any vice laws.
A stripper at a Tokyo striptease show 
is taken past the audience on a moving plastic conveyor belt, which is lit from underneath by neon lights (1957)
The strippers dominated burlesque, and their routines became increasingly graphic. To avoid total nudity but still give the audience what it wanted, the ladies covered their groins with flimsy G-strings and used "pasties" to cover their nipples.
Burlesque dancer Blaze Starr
Burlesque promoters like the Minsky brothers took the strip tease out of the back rooms and put it onstage. While stripping drew in hoards of randy men, it also gave burlesque a sleazy reputation. As moralists once again expressed outrage, male audiences kept burlesque profitable through most of the Great Depression.
Pole dancing was introduced to American society in the form of circuses during the Great Depression. Women would perform "hoochie coochie" dances on the poles of the circus tent, which were quite suggestive. As these dances became more and more popularized, pole dancing in the U.S. entered the burlesque scene, around the 1950s. Eventually, pole dancing evolved into a recreation mostly found in gentlemen's clubs.
Burlesque for the Masses... Lady GaGa 
Babes who go bare for Burlesque
OK, I am an old Dude that does not like Pop Music. However, I can't help but draw the parallel of burlesque and popular pop music. Lady Gaga is a great example ...
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Lady Gaga “I was a burlesque go-go girl in a gay bar in the Lower East Side of New York,” she said. Lady GaGa is embracing a new, bizarre, artsy look.

See... I do have a heart. I could not leave my fellow bloggers with Lady GaGa. Feast your eyes on Salma Hayek and her snake dance. Also, as a special bonus I have included Dancing at the Blue Iguana


Chromodynamix said...

Lots of norty stuff here!


just good clean family entertainment you can trust. in other words GOODSTUFF

Anonymous said...

i love the guys not looking in the conveyor belt shot. priceless. z

wellporto said...

I have From Dusk till Dawn's DVD. Hayek's dance is one of mostinterestings scenes in the movie... GOOD REMIND!
Hugs, pal and have a nice weekend!


header photo - did a reverse image search - After dropping out of school by the age of eight, William Claude Dukenfeld (W C Fields) worked as a stock boy, shill for a shell game, pool hustler, petty thief, and professional drowner in Atlantic City before landing his first full-time job as a juggler in a traveling show. Fields would draw on those youthful experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of his film career -

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Herb Derpman said...

Amazing images from yesteryear! I dig the 1874 Peep Show booth in Bejing. Classic stuff!

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Ron Russell said...

I'm old enough to remember those carny Peep Shows----as a teenager all in my group went there first at the annual county fair!

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