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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"
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.
Jadin Wong burlesque dancer 1940’s
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)
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.
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 ...
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