From the Archives

Dear Constant Reader,

First, I’d like to thank anyone who came out to see A (Re)Movable Feast this weekend. It was a great kick-off for our summer tour! Next we’ll be in Saratoga Springs, NY to celebrate the birthday of The First Lady of Burlesque, April March.

Second, thank you to everyone who has pledged to our Kickstarter campaign! We are less than $100 from giving every backer a *second* extra gift — and we have 13 days to go!

Finally, today’s treat.

Here is a page from the June 1943 issue of Mechanix Illustrated with an article entitled “The Mechanix Of Gypsy Rose Lee”, about the sets used in her show “Star and Garter”. It’s a serious article about backstage mechanics — scenery and scene changes. Most of the illustrations are similarly serious: a diagram of a “jackknife” scene change or a photograph of a banks of lights. But they manage to sneak in the cheesecake, as you can see from the publicity photo of Gypsy. My favorite is a photo of backstage with the caption “Keep your eyes on the maze of ropes in this picture. They control the sets and drops for Star and Garter. Note the girls among ropes.” As though anyone would miss the showgirls parading toward the stage.

Other articles in the magazine include “War Wonders Of Radio”, “What Your Post-War Pleasure Boat Will Look Like”, “Modern Cigarette Boxes” (with diagrams and instructions), and “Ideas for the Victory Gardener”.

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