From Publishers Weekly
Founder of The Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, Salt Lake Citybased Briggeman presents a host of lost stars who made small stages across the country come to life. The book has an appropriately low-budget feel, with an awkward layout, a cheesy font and too much information about the authors involvement with her subject; all of these elements give it a homey charm, much like the lowbrow intimacy of burlesque itself, where a relatively unknown woman could project her sexuality into a room and light it up brighter than the local coal-burning electric plantwithout removing all of her clothing. Briggeman details the mechanics of the burlesque world, which was ostensibly designed to bring a touch of glamour and sizzle to places that had little of either. Thus "stock" burlesque evolved, where city performers toured "circuit theatres during the usual summer layoffs." She showcases the Historical Societys extensive memorabilia, from head shots to issues of "Cavalcade of Burlesque," and then profiles stars like "Val de Val," "Dee Milo" and "Mitzi," some of whom she has located recently and interviewed for the book. Delightfully basic, this book, with photos on nearly every page, is clearly a labor of love.
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This book offers a real perspective into the golden days of burlesque. Sorry to Miss Von Teese. The ladies in this book were the real queens of burlesque back when it was still in theatres and was the rage of America. It has touching stories and insights from those whom were around and some lovely photos as well --By bubblesarah
I learned more about Burlesque from this book then I have working 25 years in the business. As one of the Ladies in Jane's book, I found information about clubs, agents and old friends I worked with. I could not put the book down. Thank you Jane for caring about a forgotten art and its artists. --By Lee Angel
This book was obviously a labor of love for author, Jane Briggeman. She brings to life a time when showgirls started in the chorus and the outstanding ones went on to become stars of Burlesque. The pictures are wonderful. This would make a perfect present for someone who longs for the "good old days." Every fan of vintage theatre performances should have this book. It is tasteful, imaginative and informative, bringing back the days when couples went to Burlesque theatres for a wonderful show. These were the days of glamour when beautiful women danced across the stage in fabulous gowns and furs. --By Amber Mist