Marion Morgan: vintage 7x9 news service photo dated 15 January 1939
The information on the back reads:
POLICE SAID THAT HER ACT WAS NAUGHTY
Marion Morgan, 24 year old “Strip-teaser” at a theater here is shown in court, where, with two other persons, she is on trial for putting on an assertedly indecent performance. A jury will decide the question of “when is a risque act too risque”. Arresting policemen said that the act in which she played was so “naughty” that they blushed when making the arrest.
Doris Hurtig: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 28 April 1934.
Doris was a popular burlesque dancer in Chicago in the 1930s. This particular photo was used to promote Doris joining the cast of the State Lake Theater located at 190 North State Street, Chicago, IL. The State Lake Theater was part of the Orpheum burlesque circuit.
Sally Rand: vintage 8x10 photo
Sally was born Hattie Helen Gould Beck in Elkton, Missouri. She studied dance as a child and as a teenager, briefly worked as a chorus girl at the Empress Theater in Kansas City, but her sights were set on Hollywood. Once in Hollywood, young Helen acted in plays and in silent films and briefly used the name Billie Beck. It was when she met famed director and producer Cecil B. DeMille that she got her now famous stage name - Sally Rand. Reportedly, DeMille was inspired by a Rand McNally atlas. Sally was a successful silent film actress, appearing in over 20 films, but she spoke with a lisp and her Hollywood career ended when ‘talkies’ became popular. In need of re-inventing herself, Sally became a burlesque dancer and most famously appeared at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Sally went on to produce her own shows, including the famous Nude Ranch at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939/40, and to own her own club - The Musicbox in San Francisco. Not one to slow down, Sally continued to perform her famous fan dance right into the 1970s.
Dolores Dawn: vintage 7x11 news service photo dated 27 June 1936 and used to promote Dolores appearance at Colosimo’s in Chicago.
The cut line on her leg was where the news paper’s photo editor added lamp black to the photo to make it look like her dress covered her from the cut line up — for censors. I was able to remove the lamp black, but unfortunately I uncovered the cut in the photo…boo!
Zorima (Margaret Lehtinen McCloskey): as scanned from the October 1940 issue of Laff magazine.
Zorima was at her height of recognition in 1939/1940 because the show entitled “Zorima and Her Garden of Nudist and Sun Bathers” was one of the most popular attractions at the New York World’s Fair. She would go on to perform at countless carnival midways, including 3 other World’s Fairs. And her Centennial Greater Shows, was one of the few woman-owned exhibition companies operating in the carnival business in the 1940s.
Flo Ash - The Cutest Nudist: vintage 8x10 photo
Flo Ash was a popular fan dancer during the vaudeville era and was frequently billed as “The Cutest Nudist”. She was so popular, that she actually toured with her own review, featuring other acts and dancers, in the early 40s.
Renee Villon: vintage 7x9 news service photo dated 22 May 1936
As a publicity stun, Renee disembarked her plane in Cleveland dressed as Lady Godiva. I assume this is associated with the show Danse Vie Parisienne, in which Renee portrayed the “Modern Lady Godiva”.