Lou Walters: vintage 8x10 press photo showing Lou backstage with a dancer at the Miami, FL Latin Quarter nightclub.
Lou Walters, the father of Barbara Walters, owned and operated the original Latin Qaurter nightclub in New York City. The club was located at 1580 Broadway at 4th Street. The wedge-shaped building faced in on Times Square and was as famous for the iconic Coca-a-cola that hung on it, as for the popular nightclub it housed. The club was so successful, that Lou went on to open Latin Quart clubs in several other cities, but he left the business in the 1950s.
Halloween week continues with…..
Gwen Lee: vintage 8x10 photo circa 1928-29
Gwen was a chorus girl with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) films, and in this Halloween promotional photo she was portraying the “Modern Witch”.
Beryl Wallace: vintage 5x7 news service photo from 29 May 1942. Beryl had been selected as “California’s Sweater Girl of 1942”.
Beryl Wallace was born Beryl Heischuber in 1909 in Brooklyn, NY. In her late teens she landed a job as a dancer at the Earl Carroll Vanities. She would go on to be in 6 more Earl Carroll productions. Eventually she and Earl Carroll started a relationship and they traveled to Hollywood where Beryl was in the Paramount production of Carroll’s play “A Murder at the Vanities”. Unfortunately, Beryl and Earl both died 17 June 1948, when United Airlines Flight 624, from LA enroute to NYC, crashed in Pennsylvania.
Delilah Jones (Doris Gohlke): signed 8x10 photo
Born in Germany, Delilah was Miss Teenage Berlin in 1957 and was the runner up in the Miss Germany pageant. She was also a very popular pin up model in the 1950s and 1960s, usually under the name Doris Gohlke. She began her burlesque career in Las Angeles in the late 1950s, and danced with such legends as Sally Rand and Tempest Storm. Delilah is now a legend in her own-right, and performed a stunning routine at the 2013 Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Baby Lake: vintage 4x5 photo
Baby Lake shown posing on the stage of the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York, where she was a showgirl. This photo is one in a much larger series of photos originally produced and sold by Irving Klaw.
Barbara Yung: as scanned from the December/January 1951 issue of Carnival magazine.
At the time of this photo, Barbara was appearing nightly at Club Shanghai in San Francisco, CA. Though early in her career she performed mainly in San Francisco, Barbara’s career would go on to span three decades and see her dance in clubs across the United States — from Bourbon Street in New Orleans to Hawaii. In 2011 Barbara was honored at the Legend of the Year by the Burlesque Hall of Fame.