Gia Mo: 7x9 news service photo dated 19 May 1955
Left to Right: Sherre Klarke, Gia Mo Huang and Lee Perkins. These three lovely ladies were all appearing in The Magic Carpet Revue in Las Vegas which was playing at the Dunes Hotel. In the information on the back it states that Gia Mo fled Kunming, China to escape the communist regime and that she came to the USA as a student and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA.
Baby Lake: vintage 4x5 Irving Klaw photo
Baby was a well-known chorus girl and dancer at the Latin Quarter club in New York and Miami. She also posed for many photos which were sold through Irving Klaw’s Movie Star News mail-order business.
Stuttering Sam (Mary Dowell): vintage 5x11 news service photo dated 2 August 1940
This 6 foot tall beauty was the daughter of the Chief of Police of Fort Worth, Texas. When Billy Rose’s Casa Manana came to Forth Worth, Mary - soon the become Sam - went to see about securing a showgirl position for her sister and, despite Mary’s speech stutter, Rose hired both sisters on the spot. It was while working as a showgirl that Mary acquired the knick-name Stuttering Sam, and she used it as her stage-name hence forth. Sam was such a successful showgirl, that when Casa Manana closed, Billy took Sam back to New York city with him and made her the star of his new club The Diamond Horseshoe. Sam was also a talented writer and eventually quit work as a showgirl and became a press agent for Billy Rose. She would go on to write television scripts in Hollywood, write her own cook-book and become a newspaper columnist in her hometown of Fort Worth.
Earl Carroll and showgirls: as scanned from the June 1940 issue of Carnival combined with Show - A Fresh Magazine.
Beryl Wallace and Earl Carroll are the two inset photos at the bottom of the page. Beryl worked as a showgirl in the Earl Carroll vanities for years, before she and Earl began a long term affair. Tragically, 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): as scanned from the October 1961 issue of Tab magazine.
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.