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The Bare Truth: Stars of Burlesque From the '40s and '50s (Schiffer Pictorial Essay) Paperback – April 24, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Pictorial Essay
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (April 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764306030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764306037
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Len Rothe is a former commercial photographer in New York City.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Fontenot VINE VOICE on July 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rothe presents a wonderful photographic collection of some of the great stars of burlesque's golden era. Most of the photos appear to have been promotional photos for display on marquees or in hallways of burlesque houses. All of the women are beautiful and must have been fabulous to see in performance. Rothe worked in the entertainment industry and it would be interesting for him to record his memories of these women. But until then, these photos will serve as reminders of a generation of beautiful performers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William R. Laraby on February 9, 2008
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this is a very informative pictoral of burlesque dancers. From the top stars and their chorus line partners of the stage, how they dressed and their routines. It was an era I just missed. Too young for their heyday and dead by the time I left the military service when I was of legal age. I am doing some research to see what I missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Thayer on February 9, 2013
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This book is heavy on the photos and light on the text. I do love the photos but caught myself wishing for a little more exposition about each woman as she appeared as I flipped pages. Text wise, it's a nice overview of the period and what you might expect at a Burlesque theater and from the different roles (leading lady, chorus girl, etc), but if you want to learn something medium-in-depth (or even deeper) either about the women, or their acts, or the general background of the movement, I'd recommend another book...Recommendations appreciated, as I haven't found that other book yet!

On a couple of photos, the lady's name is hand written and nearly unintelligible, another disappointment.

I will definitely keep, and keep enjoying, this book...but it does leave me wanting more details.
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This is an excellent presentation of the major burlesque performers of the 40s and 50s. The photographs are very high quality.
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