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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054941
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Founder of The Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, Salt Lake City–based 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 author’s 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 plant—without 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 Society’s 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

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Real classy book.
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I must say the book is written with love for the art and the people of Burlesque.
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This fabulous book on vintage Burlesque is beautiful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lee Angel on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amber Mist on September 22, 2004
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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FunkyFever on October 11, 2004
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I just might be prejudiced because I am one of the Ladies.

I must say the book is written with love for the art and the people of Burlesque.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amie Amar on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This fabulous book on vintage Burlesque is beautiful. Author Jane Briggeman founded the Golden Age of Burlesque Historical Society. Thus far over 200 performers have been "found". These delightful entertainers - dancers, comics, straight men, chorus line beauties and talking women have contributed invaluable photographs, stories and momentos. There are beautiful photographs on every page intermingled with stories from some of the featured dancers. We learn where these naughty ladies came from and how they go into Burlesque. Professional and casual backstage photographs let us see these glamorous beauties both as they were then and as they are now.

Electra (from the movie "Gypsy") was a real dancer and is one of the dancers featured in the book.

We are all eagerly awaiting Book II which will contain material from the Minsky Collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Sothern on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just heard this book, "BURLESQUE: Legendary Stars of the Stage," won the 2005 IPPY Award in the Performing Arts catagory. From what I've read, over 2200 books were submitted by over 1500 Independent Publishers...and this book was judged to be the best in its catagory. That's all I need to know; it tells me this is a good book--perhaps considered a collectible due to all the photos it contains. The book also preserves at least a small piece of burlesque history; written by someone who has gotten to know many of these old-time performers in their later years. It's a book worth owning!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sigrid R. Spangenberg on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Slipping behind the scene, author and founder of the Burlesque Historical Society, Jane Briggeman,draws the reader into the dressing rooms and personal lives of the woman and men of burlesque.

Peppered troughout the book are beautiful photographs that show lots of curves, georgious gowns and costumes that bring the art of the dance into the readers mind.

Jane Briggeman covers all the ground from men performing baggy pants comedy to the burlesque stars and big production shows.

The author writes about burlesque's high popularity as well as its low periods when threatened by repressive times. Her impressive collection of burlesque memorabilia would be a welcome addition to any writers research library. Briggeman reveals heart and soul in "Burlesque". The size of the book and the attractive high gloss red cover makes this a very classy coffee table conversation piece. Go out, buy the book and have some fun, it's a very exciting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Daunte on September 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is full of pictures. Its actually a picture book with details of the history and things of the past in burlesque. Reads clear, easy and exciting. If you like history; Get this boook!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Lake "Miss Elegance" on September 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book!! Great stories told by the ladies 'who were there'. Good selection of unusual vintage photos. A window to the past when dancers were still ladies, even while 'disrobed'. The days when a show had orchestras, comics, singers, and professional lighting.

This book would make a great gift for anyone who wants to remember 'the good old days' and for all others that were born too late to hear the unforgettable comedy sketch "Meet You 'Round The Corner".

Also recommended as companion reading:

"The Bare Truth ... Stars of Burlesque form the 40s and 50s" by Len Rothe

"The Queens of Burlesque" by Len Rothe

"My G-String Mother" by Erik Lee Preminger

"Gypsy" by Gypsy Rose Lee

"Minsky's Burlesque"
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