Showgirls at Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden

The Terrace Garden at the Morrison Hotel: 1944 vintage postcard.

Eleanor and Babe were appearing in a ‘hoop ballet’ at Chicago’s Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden. The Terrace Garden was known as the “wonder restaurant”, because it was a HUGE dinner club with a central stage that could host extremely large floor shows.  The venue was very popular in the 1940s and hosted large theater-style revue… Continue reading Showgirls at Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden

Princess Lahoma – The Chickasaw Chic

Vintage newspaper ad for Princess Lahoma appearing at the Park Burlesque theater in Youngstown, Ohio.

Lahoma Willingham was 1/16 Chickasaw and born into a family that was very active within the tribe. Lahoma’s cousin Floyd MayTubby, who was Governor of the Chickasaw Nation in 1939.  Still mayor in 1943,  Floyd appointed Lahoma “Chickasaw Princess” at the 1943 American Indian Exposition, and in that capacity she frequently represented the Chickasaw Nation in… Continue reading Princess Lahoma – The Chickasaw Chic

Noel Toy – The Chinese Sally Rand

Noel Toy was born Ngun Yee on 27 December 1918 in San Francisco to parents from Canton, China.  In 1939, while attending University of California – Berkley,  Noel was hired to perform as a chorus girl at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Noel performed in the Chinese village portion of the expo’s… Continue reading Noel Toy – The Chinese Sally Rand