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    A Circus Girl (Circa 1890) Theater Poster (41" X 81"). This large format poster seems to be more Burlesque than Vaudeville. While we associate Burlesque with the tawdry image it gained in the mid 20th Century, it had been a popular form of entertainment from 1840. It started doing just what its name implied, satirizing classic dramas. It evolved into a comedic satiric form and was always a little more daring than Vaudeville in that women wore slightly less clothing and the double entendres were quite risqué. Some of the more famous take-off titles are "Bend Her" and (based on Gilbert and Sullivan) "The Mick Hair-Do." While those on the Burlesque circuit aspired to become Vaudevillians, the latter thought it a career buster if they were forced to play the lower class venues. Despite its mixed reputation, some of the great comics rose through the ranks of Burlesque. Among them: Red Skelton, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Bert Lahr and Phil Silvers. Very Fine condition on Linen.

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