Bonnie Blue: as scanned from the cover of the 19 August 1950 issue of Chicago Welcome, a travel magazine that provided tourists with all the shows, hot night spots and other happenings in the city.
Bonnie Blue also danced under the name Michele Marshall, ans she was one of the many dancers who portrayed Divena - an underwater striptease artist.
Chorus Girls - Jean Kennelly, Ronnie Haigh and Virginia Jennings: vintage 8x10 photo dated 16 September 1936
These lovely ladies were chorus girls at the State Lake Theater, located at 190 North State Street, Chicago, IL. The State Lake Theater was part of the Orpheum burlesque circuit.
Louise Stewart: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 7 September 1937
This photo was used to promote Louise appearing at Minsky’s Rialto Theater in Chicago, IL. The article mentioned that traveling shows are now the norm, but local favorite Louise Stewart will still be appearing at the theater.
Marian Miller: vintage 8x10 photo from a January 1942 appearance at the 606 Club in Chicago, IL.
Marian was a burlesque dancer in the 1940s. During that period, there was also a singer that worked in burlesque that used the name Marion Miller.
Beverly Allen, Glen Gray and Imogene Hood: vintage 8x10 photo dated 19 June 1939
Glen Gray was the conductor of the Casa Loma Orchestra, which at the time was appearing at the Empire Room in Chicago. IL. He is pistured here with Beverly All and Imogene Hood, who were both ‘Abbott Girls’. 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.
Dana Yurich, Joe Conti and Holly Spilitberger: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 19 September 1953.
Comedian Joe Conte poses with showgirls Dana Yurich and Holly Spilitberger in a promotional photo for Mangam’s Chateau.
Chorus Girl Virginia Tuttle and Comedian Lenny Kent: vintage 8x10 photo dated 23 February 1934
Virginia Tuttle was one of the “Rio Lovelies” — the house dancers at the Rio Cabana club in Chicago, IL. The caption that accompanied this photo in the newspaper was:
Virginia Tuttle, a Rio Cabana Lovely becomes a “human desk” more or less, while Lenny Kent, Rio comedian, attempts to “Balance the books.”
Blondie: vintage newspaper ad for Blondie’s Birthday Party!
Blondie was a Chicago-area burlesque dancer that headlined a dance troop for several years. When she retired from the dancing she opened Blondie’s a nightclub located at 602 South State Street.