Margie Kelly: vintage 8x10 photo
Margie was a popular burlesque dancer and commercial model in the 1940s. She had screen-tests with at least 2 different film studios, but was never successful at transitioning into movies.
Muriel Abbott Dancers - La Norma Bourgeois & Mary Ellen Berg: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 23 April 1934.
The “Abbott Girls” was a dance troop headed by Muriel Abbott who also ran a dance school on the south-side of Chicago, where she was both teacher and choreographer. Ms. Abbott also worked as the booking agent for the Empire Room, the nightclub lounge located at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Hence the “Abbott Girls” frequently danced at the Empire Room. This photo was used to advertise an appearance at the Empire Room by the Abbott Dancers.
The Fascinating Jennifer: vintage 8x10 photo
Fascinating Jennifer: vintage 8x10 photo
Jennifer began her burlesque career in 1954 in the chorus of the Casino Theater in a Boston, MA. Originally, she had no interest in preforming a striptease, until she saw Sequin (Geri Garner) perform. Sequin’s act was classy, with no bumps and/or grinds, and Jennifer was inspired. She went on to develop her own act and by the late 1950s, she was performing 1st as a co-feature and then as a feature dancer. Jennifer retired from burlesque in 1963.
Chiquitica: vintage 3x9 photo dated 31 December 1944
Chiquitica was a Cuban dancer that specialized in latin dances, including the rumba. She was a popular performer and teacher in Cuba, and performed in the USA for awhile in the mid-1940s.
Left to Right: Ruth Fossner (chorus girl), Verne Buck (maestro), Preston Sellers (organist) and Dee Jennings (chorus girl): vintage 8x10 photo dated 21 December 1935.
The State Lake Theater in Chicago, IL was the first theater in the United States to permanently install a Hammond electric organ, and of course, the new instrument made for a wonderful press photo op!
L to R: Joy Dale, Jack Ruby and Little Lynn: vintage news service photo from 1964. Joy Dale and Little Lynn were both dancers at Ruby’s Carousel Club in Dallas, TX.
Fifty years ago today, Jack Ruby, the owner of Dallas’s Carousel Club, would make national history. Ruby had closed his club in mourning of President Kennedy’s assassination two days earlier. One of his dancers, Little Lynn (pictured to right above) called Jack and asked if he could send her a little money to help out until the club reopened. Jack, and his dog Sheba, drove into Dallas and wired Lynn the money. As Jack exited the Western Union office, he noticed a crowd forming at the police station down the block, and by asking around, he realized Lee Harvey Oswald - the accused murderer of JFK - was being transferred to the county jail. Originally Oswald was to be transferred in an armored truck, but the truck was too tall to make it down the ramp and into the garage, and too large of a crowd had gathered on the ramp to get a car into the garage. Hence, Oswald was being walked out of the police station, up the loading ramp, to an awaiting car. Then on live TV, witnessed by people across the world, Jack Ruby stepped out of the crowd and shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the stomach. Ruby was apprehended and Oswald was rushed by ambulance to Parkland hospital, the very same ER that 2 days earlier had treated JFK. There are many conspiracy theories that suggest Jack Ruby acted on behalf of the mob to silence Oswald, but that is unlikely. Oswald was originally scheduled to be transferred at 10am, at which time Ruby was still at home watching TV, and it seems unlikely one would take their pet along for the ride to a premeditated murder. Rather, it seems, it was an impulse decision, that would make him one of the most infamous men in US history.