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Burlesque Exotic Dancers of the 50s & 60s Paperback – October 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764336673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764336676
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judson Rosebush is a director and producer of multimedia & computer animation projects in New York City. His interest in burlesque dates to the 1960s.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daryl on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
For a man who's main forte is publishing books on computer coding Rosebush shows a surprising amount of love, appreciation and tenderness to his subject. A truly wonderful collection of burlesque photos during the final, long and painfully slow years of it's decline this book is a true marvel and no burly-q collection should be complete without it. Featuring a breath taking collection of all kinds of photos (including Ms Lili St Cyr herself!) part of what made this book so worth having to me is that is focuses on several areas of bq that seemed to be glossed over by enthusiasts.

1) BQ revival is very much rooted in a strong feminist mind set with the emphasis being on "any woman can be a burlesque star", however this book goes so far as to remind us by SHOWING us that this is not something new. The women in this book literally DO come in all shapes and sizes and ages. From the old with sagging bosom, the the young and painfully thin to the ridiculously disproportionate (a size P cup is featured in some of the photos. I'll just leave your imagination alone with that for a moment) everyone is up and shaking it in their g-strings and pasties.

2) I'm hard pressed to name another collection of photos that has such a wide array of different RACES in their photos. Black, Asian, Latina and Indian bq stars are all given an equal page time in here along with their usual blond haired, blue eyed sisters. What a treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. F. Halloran on November 14, 2012
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In the 1950s and '60s, burlesque was banned in New York City. I lived right across the Hudson River in compact, overcrowded Union City, New Jersey, better known as the home of the Hudson Burlesque. On the way to Cub Scout meetings, I had to pass the stage door. Smells and sounds I did experience, but never a glimpse of any of the performers. The Queens of Burlesque: Vintage Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s (Schiffer Pictorial Essay) But busloads of gents from the City came in droves, and they more than glimpsed. So here we have the women I could only imagine, but never see, in full-page, glossy black and white.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wenzler on July 14, 2011
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This book is basically a picture book. There is a short introduction which could have used a better editor and then the book is filled with full page pictures of the performers. A fair percentage of them are belly dancers, which seemed odd. One definitely got the impression that someone bought a localized collection and then quickly churned out a book. Some of the performers are even anonymous. Many of the biggest names in Burlesque during that era are missing. Having said that it was somewhat interesting from a photographers point of view to look at the photographic style of these old promotional pictures and it does show the range of beauty that was burlesque. In the end, there is little of substance here and the book is disappointing.
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By Mark Polloni on July 9, 2014
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