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The Queens of Burlesque: Vintage Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s (Schiffer Pictorial Essay) Paperback – January 1, 1998

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About the Author

Len Rothe has an extensive background in advertising, sales promotion, and speech writing. He lives in New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Pictorial Essay
  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764304496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764304491
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "e-dahlia" on March 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mr.Rothe has lovingly put together the photographs of burlesque stars and forgotten performers that would have appeared in publicity packages, coming attractions posters,lobby cards, and advertisments fifty years ago. Not all of the women are conventionally beautiful, and their costumes would be considered less than risque by current standards. These are women that time and mainstream history have ignored.The exsistence of their images is important: for feminists, for people interested in the history of costume, for modern consumers of sex work, for those that think of Doris Day as being the penultimate 1950's woman. Enjoy this piece of work and contemplate where these lovely ladies are now...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Lake "Miss Elegance" on October 11, 2004
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Marvelous collection of vintage photos assembled into a lovely coffee-table book. It's difficult to remember that most of these photos were taken a half century ago because the quality is so spectacular.

Suggested companion reading:

"The Bare Truth" - Len Rothe

"Gypsy" - Gypsy Rose Lee

"Minsky's Burlesque" - Morton Minsky

"My G-String Mother" - Erik Lee Preminger

"This Was Burlesque" - Ann Corio
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aida Gomez on October 12, 2008
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As a former dancer I enjoyed the pictures and shared them with a friend who was an exotic dancer of that time. We both enjoyed the book very much. Lots of good research done here. I have tried to find pictures of Dreamy Darnell 1950-53 and can not find a thing, so I know it can take frustrating long hours of work to find these old pictures. Thanks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Anderson on October 24, 2008
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It's implied in the book's title, and as a pictorial essay this is a really cute book. The pictures are a good quality and there is good variety.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Pegues on November 27, 2009
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I recommend you getting this book in conjugation with the other book by Len Rothe. It is fun and informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Devine on September 13, 2010
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Fantastic Coffee Table book , a short intro and onto the girls who are just stunning.
This is also a 'in your face book' to the current main stream fashion industry who has forgotten the diversity the female body can offer as a feast for the eyes in all shapes colours and sizes.
For aspiring Burlesque models and dancers there is loads of inspiration.
Lost 1 star because Betty Page, Mamie Van Doren and Betty Brosmer are not in this book.
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