Jackie Gladd: vintage 8x10 photo dated 2 November 1935
Jackie was a State Lake Sweetheart, which was the name given the house showgirls at the State Lake Theater, located at 190 North State Street, Chicago, IL. The State Lake Theater was part of the Orpheum burlesque circuit.
"Little Jackie" Heller and showgirl Barbara Boyden: vintage 8x10 photo from January 1943.
"Little Jackie" Heller and Barbara Boyden were appearing at the Latin Quarter night club. Little Jackie was a comedian, but he also sang with Ben Bernie Orchestra. He also travelled in the South Pacific during WWII entertaining troops. Jackie died 15 July 1988 in Las vegas.
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.
Nanette Carmen: vintage 8x10 photo
Recently a seller on eBay has been listing photos of Nanette Carmen, but using the incorrect name of Vivian Lee. When asked, the seller did not know the background on the photos and was listing them under the name Vivian Lee because one of the photos in the group s/he purchased had that name on it — but it was a photo of a different dancer. I actually own a large portion of Nannette’s scrapbook from her career, and according to the clippings and flyers she saved, she only ever danced under the name Nanette. Also, many of the photos from the collection the person was listing were signed to ‘Nannette’ or ‘Nanny’, and some of the ones I purchased are actually stamped ‘Nanette Carmen’ on the back — though they were listed as Vivian Lee. Nanette is frequently billed as being of hispanic/latin descent, but I do have a newspaper clipping for her appearing with the ‘Asian Cuties’ dance troupe. Again, she was billed as Nanette Carmen, so it was not a case of her using a different stage name when dancing with a troupe.
Georgia Lang: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 3 September 1939
At the time of this photo, Georgia was one of 30 women performing as the “Oomph Girls” (chorus girls) at the Oriental Theater in Chicago, IL.
Baby Lake: vintage 4x5 Irving Klaw photo
Baby Lake (left) and another showgirl are pictured during rehearsal at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York city. Baby would also appear at Lou Walters’s Miami Latin Quarter and she was a popular pin up model for Irving Klaw in the 1950s.