Delightful Vintage Burlesque and Vaudeville Photos

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Did your aunt spend her youth doing acrobatics mid-air on a ’30s vaudeville stage or flouncing feathers in a 20’s German cabaret? Was your granddad in a circus troupe? Are you in a possession of a rare promotional Moulin Rouge photograph? We’ve been digging through portraits of these glamorous dancers, saucy damsels in tinsel, and troupes of sisters, and we’re a little jealous. So, if your family album is quite a bit more exciting than average, head to the Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images Flickr pool or our comment section and brag. Here are a few highlights.

The Kasemann troupe. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Marcy Brothers & Beatrice, 1937. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Someone’s Aunt Ida, 1920. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

French Burlesque publicity photo, c. 1920s. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Effie Moore & Troupe. Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Addison Scurlock. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Marcy Brothers & Beatrice, 1937. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

1920s era photograph of a black Vaudevillian actress named Mae Fanning. She performed in musicals written by the famed team, Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Rita & Charlie Jenkins. 1930s Germany, English Actors, Vaudeville Kabarett. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Moulin Rouge Hélène et Ferdinand Stereoview made by B. K., Paris Adolphe Block. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Five Ames Sisters, 1929. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Winter Garten Berlin. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Qwintilia. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Chorus Girls Cabaret, 1923. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

The Kasemann troupe. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images

Five Ames Sisters, 1929. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images