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Vintage Burlesque & Girlie Show Ads

A collection of vintage print advertisements for live entertainment…

“Oriental Fantasy” at Frank Sennes’ Moulin Rouge boasts of “Geisha Girls from Tokyo.”

Advertorial with photo of Tornado Tonja, who would be at Esther Wright’s Club El Rancho, “West Seventh’s answer to Minksky’s”.

Club El Rancho also paid for an ad for the show that’s “Too much for TV!” Stripola featured not only Tornado Tonja, but Gay Dawn, Midnight, and others.

Also from the advertorial pages, a photo of the “yummy” Taffey O’Neil who “comes unwrapped with assorted goodies Candy Paige, Rebel Reed, Holly Parks and Perrie Mason.”

Miss O’Neil et al. (billed as the Jewels Of Burlesque) were appearing at the Tiffany Club — who paid for a rather large ad as well.

Last, but certainly not least, this ad for performers of color:

Hey Man There’s Action at Strip City

“Home of the Fine Brown Frames”

Sensational Sepia Burlesque

Note at right, an ad for Aiko Nuri, “Direct from Tokyo’s Famed Ginza Row!”

Ads as published in This Week in Los Angeles (December 25, 1959 to January 1, 1960) which included this map:

Posted in Advertising, Black Americana, Ephemera.

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  1. Irv O. Neil says

    This is great. I can’t tell you how much I’d like to go back in time to see Oriental Fantasy, Taffey O’Neil, and Aiko Nuri!

    Gay Dawn I have seen–lovely and vivacious performer–and you and your readers can see her too in 1950’s “Everybody’s Girl,” one of the vintage burlesque flicks on “Strip Strip Hooray,” a DVD from Image Entertainment/Something Weird Video. (I don’t work for those companies, I just enjoyed this disc and want to share the info.)

    Have a good Sunday and thanks for this cool post!

  2. Silent Porn Star says

    I’ll have to check out that DVD sometime… First, I’ll have to see if I already have it in my collection ;) I own a lot of those lol



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