Sigrid Fox (her name is mis-spelled on the label): vintage real photo postcard
Sigrid was an East Coast feature dancer in the mid-1940s, into 1950s. Her sister Helen was a showgirl at the Grand Theater in Saint Louis and her brother-in-law, Maury Rome, was the treasurer of the same theater.
Brandy Martin: vintage real photo postcard
This Brooklyn girl was originally an acrobatic dancer, but when she learned strippers made more money, she decided to give it a try. By blending striptease with her acrobatic skill, she developed a unique routine that made Brandy a crowd favorite.
Happy Birthday to Leap Year baby Tempest Storm!
Tempest Storm: vintage postcard
One of the first venues that Tempest Storm performed as a stripper was at the El Rey Burlesque Theater in Oakland, CA. Tempest toured across the US, but was always a favorite at the El Rey and she continued to frequently perform there. This postcard was an advertisement for a Tempest Storm Fan Club chartered by the El Rey. The objective of the club, you ask — well “dedicated to the worship of feminine loveliness” of course!
Tongolele (Yolanda Montes): Vintage real photo postcard
Born in Spokane, WA Tongolele had a diverse ethnicity. Her father was Spanish and Swedish and her mother was French and English. Her maternal grandmother was Tahitian, which makes sense since Tahiti is part of French Polynesia. She began her dance career when only 15 and would go on to become one of the top burlesque dancers in Mexico, and also very active in the Mexican film and TV industry.
Ecstasy - The Answer to all Your Dreams: vintage advertising postcard
Her given named was Charlotta Ball, but she used the stage name Ecstasy when she started dancing at the famed Palamino Club in Las Vegas. I have also seen her name spelled: Exstasy.
Mae Murray - The Girl with the Bee Stung Lips: vintage photo postcard
Mae was born Marie Adrienne Koenig on 10 May 1885 to French and German parents, in New York city. In 1908 she joined the Ziegfeld Follies as a chorus girl, and was a headlining dancer by 1915. Soon after, she made her motion picture debut and went on to become a silent film star appearing in her very first two films with Rudolph Valentino. Later, she form her own production company with producer John M. Stahl, and sat on the board of trustees for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a charity which provided aid to those in the industry with housing or health needs. Due to contract disputes, Mae quit films in the late 1920s. Ironically, she would eventually end up poor and living in a retirement home sponsored by the Motion Picture & Television Fund.