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on 11 June 2015
Fantastic pictures! Would be great to have a little bit more explanation about each artists, but I'll definitely buy the second book too.
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on 9 October 2013
This book was gift for friend but sneaked look and stunning selection of photos. Good introduction if you're interested in history of burlesque
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Dita Von Teese et al ignited a burlesque resurgence a few years ago and it's both a wonderful, and dreadful thing. Burlesque is centuries old, and it was always risque... but it was never cheap which, sadly, is something it's become synonymous with. With the recent passing of Bettie Page, all we're really left with is "neo-burlesque". It means the internet is rife with cheap feather tails and tacky purple lace corsets, and the beauty and mystery of it seems to have taken a back-seat.

Len Rothe, though, has collected a myriad beautiful images of the burlesque ladies of yesteryear. Page after page of adverts, posters and cards... ideas of beauty have changed drastically in the last 50 or 60 years and I will always believe that the more natural, curvier, softer women of decades ago are so much more beautiful than today's stick-thin, massive-norked plastics. The Queens of Burlesque is a love letter to them.

This isn't pornography; it's not even pornographic - it's not all splayed limbs and come-to-bed eyes. Rather it's a beautiful glimpse at the mystery and artistry of vintage burlesque; a visual exposition of what it was before it was misappropriated and sullied. It's gorgeous and evocative, and flicking through it is enormously enjoyable whether you're a fan of American history, burlesque or vintage photography.
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on 3 June 2008
a real treat of a picture book. lovely black and white photography, a little useful info and lots of Lily StCyr, excellent and truly inspiring.
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on 8 August 2011
An excellent collection of beautiful vintage photos of burlesque dancers, some more known than others. A great purchase for who has a passion for burlesque.
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on 25 October 2010
Bought this as an addition to my large collection of books on the subject. Wasn't really pleased with it. When you already have Dita's gorgeous book, everything else pales into insignificance. Didn't inspire me, just seems like a collection of old pictures and nothing new to learn. Much better books out there!
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