Bartell Hurst Foursome: vintage 8x10 photo
The Bartell Hurst foursome was an acrobatic dance team that was popular in burlesque and vaudeville in the late 1930s and into the 1940s. This photo was used to advertise their appearance at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, IL. The Edgewater Beach Hotel had a private beach and water access and even offered seaplane service to downtown Chicago. The hotel eventually closed in the 1960s, when a mid 1950s extension of Lake Shore Drive cut the hotel off from beach access. But in its heyday it hosted the biggest names in entertainment - including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and many more - and even broadcasted from its own radio station.
Three times your Devilish Delight for Halloween week!!!!
Lillian Roth (right): vintage 8x10 photo on linen
Lillian is remembered as an actress, but before she made it big in Hollywood, she appeared in 3 seasons of the Earl Carroll Vanities and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolics.
Julie Jenner (Stege): vintage cigarette card photo. Cigarettes use to include small format photos of movie star, dancers or pin up girls in each package - like early collectible or trading cards. It was a promotion, of course, to encourage people to buy more cigarettes and collect all the cards in each series. The scan of the back is of a card from a different dancer, but I included it so you could see the ornate back!
Julie Jenner (Stege): vintage 8x10 photo. Julie was a Ziegfeld Follies dancer when WWII began. Feeling the patriotic need to contribute to the war effort, Julie hung up her dancing shoes, and enlisted in the Women’s Airforce Service Piolts (WASPs). She flew through out the war. After the war she married (Stege) and raised 3 children. Unfortunately, we lost this little spitfire of a lady in June 2009.
Hal & Honey Abbott: vintage 8x10 photo dated 1938
Hal and Honey were an acrobatic and swing-style dance team in burlesque and vaudeville. They even appeared in a few film shorts.
Audrey Christie: vintage 8x10 photo
Audrey is best remembered as a Broadway dancer and actress that appeared in numerous musical comedies. But her show business career began at the age of 15 when she was a specialty dancer in vaudeville.
June & Cherry Pressier: vintage 8x10 photo
June, and her sister Cherry, had been a popular vaudeville dancing team. They were both accomplished dancers and acrobatics, and even appeared in the 1934 and 1936 Ziegfeld Follies. In 1938 Cherry married and retired from dancing, and June went on to join MGM Studios.
Roberta Jonay: vintage 8x10 photo
Roberta was a specialty dancer in burlesque, not a stripper. Her real name was Roberta Jones, but she used ‘Jonay’ as a stage name to stand out. She was a popular dancer of her time and even visited the White House at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt. The two became friends and Eleanor always took an interest in Roberta’s dancing career.