Photo 1 Oct 372 notes

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Photo 1 Oct 31 notes burlyqnell:

Zorita: vintage 8x10 photo
At nine months old, Zorita was adopted from a Youngstown, Ohio orphanage.  When only four, her adoptive father died and her adoptive mother soon remarried, and her new step-father abused Zorita from the very beginning.  Hence, to escape a tumultuous home-life, Zorita married when she was only 15 years old.  The marriage did not last, and Zorita worked odd jobs to support herself.  While working as a cigarette girl at the New York State Fair, she saw her first burlesque style show and became captivated by the dancer.  Shortly thereafter, she made herself a costume and waltzed into a local club claiming to be the dancer from the fair, and landed her first burlesque job.  
Zorita’s trademark name and dancing companion did not come until a little later in her career (mid-1930s).  At that time she was working as a dancer at the San Diego California Pacific International Exposition.  It was there that she befriended another Expo employee, who was a snake handler.  At the end of the Exposition, he gifted her with a large indigo snake named Elmer, and she and Elmer moved to San Francisco.  A theater owned in San Franciso hired her to do a veil dance and gave her the name Zorita, but after learning of her unique pet, he convinced her to work Elmer into her act….they rest, as they say, is history.

burlyqnell:

Zorita: vintage 8x10 photo

At nine months old, Zorita was adopted from a Youngstown, Ohio orphanage.  When only four, her adoptive father died and her adoptive mother soon remarried, and her new step-father abused Zorita from the very beginning.  Hence, to escape a tumultuous home-life, Zorita married when she was only 15 years old.  The marriage did not last, and Zorita worked odd jobs to support herself.  While working as a cigarette girl at the New York State Fair, she saw her first burlesque style show and became captivated by the dancer.  Shortly thereafter, she made herself a costume and waltzed into a local club claiming to be the dancer from the fair, and landed her first burlesque job.  

Zorita’s trademark name and dancing companion did not come until a little later in her career (mid-1930s).  At that time she was working as a dancer at the San Diego California Pacific International Exposition.  It was there that she befriended another Expo employee, who was a snake handler.  At the end of the Exposition, he gifted her with a large indigo snake named Elmer, and she and Elmer moved to San Francisco.  A theater owned in San Franciso hired her to do a veil dance and gave her the name Zorita, but after learning of her unique pet, he convinced her to work Elmer into her act….they rest, as they say, is history.

Photo 1 Oct 13 notes lost-in-centuries-long-gone:

Modeling school-London,1925 by ADiamondFellFromTheSky on Flickr.
Photo 1 Oct 70 notes whataboutbobbed:

National Band Festival, London, September 30, 1933

whataboutbobbed:

National Band Festival, London, September 30, 1933

Photo 30 Sep 607 notes vintagesportspictures:

Alligator wrestling (undated)

vintagesportspictures:

Alligator wrestling (undated)

Photo 29 Sep 22 notes lost-in-centuries-long-gone:

Violet & Daisy Hilton sisters by yesyou on Flickr.
Conjoined twins
Photo 27 Sep 2 notes vintagecircus:

(via Circus Germani Zirkus Variete Germani A Female Acrobat by Schmidt Lubeck | eBay)
Photo 27 Sep 743 notes weirdvintage:

"I will set him with the ace", 1909 (via Daily Mail/the George Eastman House Collection)

weirdvintage:

"I will set him with the ace", 1909 (via Daily Mail/the George Eastman House Collection)

(Source: weirdvintage)

Photo 26 Sep 205 notes retrogasm:

Boo

retrogasm:

Boo

via Retrogasm.
Photo 26 Sep 628 notes nezua:

Fantabulous Jags

nezua:

Fantabulous Jags

(Source: apanelofanalysts)

Photo 26 Sep 27 notes enjoy003:

damsellover:

Arlene Dahl, Desert Legion (1953)

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enjoy003:

damsellover:

Arlene Dahl, Desert Legion (1953)

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Photo 25 Sep 93 notes johnnythehorse:

Monkeys

johnnythehorse:

Monkeys

Photo 25 Sep 13 notes touchn2btouched:

Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. ~Martin H. Fischer  By nicratwoman

touchn2btouched:

Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. ~Martin H. Fischer
By nicratwoman

Photo 25 Sep 271 notes vintascope:

Kellar self decapitation poster

vintascope:

Kellar self decapitation poster

via Vintascope.
Photo 25 Sep 18 notes semensperms:

Woman As A Sexual Criminal

semensperms:

Woman As A Sexual Criminal


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