As a burlesque performer or even an enthusiast you may have seen the old photos of Bettie Page in the “Guide for Strip-Teasers.” It was published in 1953 as a guide to show how much a stripper could reveal depending on what US. State she was in. Burlesque has changed a lot since 1953, most especially the underwear! Let’s take a journey through the ages from the beginnings of burlesque onwards, as a whole, to see how the last few layers of a showgirls costume have changed.
"This a selection from the article in FORTUNE in 1935. Pages 73, 149 and 150 are missing. The detailed industrial information is not unusual for the magazine in the 1930's, but the wealth of accompanying imagery (even at the back of the book) is unusually rich."
NFL Jets 1969 Superbowl winning quarterback , Joe ( Willie ) Nameth sitting at the table beneath a dancer workin' it hard. Note the couples at this club ~ which rather mocks the "women today like to go to see women strip" as a new concept.
While it is possible that Ms. Brosmer (or Mrs. Weider) simply signed away rights to her name to some photographer, it is even more likely that she and her husband, body builder turned health and fitness king Joe Weider, simply saw money to be made. It was Brosmer, after all, who was the first model to get residuals every time her photo was published, so why shouldn’t she make money off selling her photos directly to the consumer?
In truth, many of the pinup models and burlesque performers ran their own side businesses, selling photographs, autographs, etc. Lily St. Cyr sold lingerie. Lynne O’Neill, The Original Garter Girl, not only had one of these businesses, but apparently kept quite a bit of the correspondence from fans.
Like the models and performers of today, these women...