14 Issues of “Cabaret” Magazine, Dec. 1955-Sept. 1957, Plus a Quarterly.
Lot 406. 14 Issues of “Cabaret” Magazine, Dec. 1955-Sept. 1957, Plus a Quarterly. Burlesque and jazz are the focus of this publication. Issues are for 1955: Dec., g-vg (vg-ex with two small holes from a staple through the covers and each page). 1956: Jan.-March, June, Oct. and Nov., one nm (name stamped on, number added), one ex-m, one ex, one vg+ to ex and two vg-ex. 1957: Feb.-May and July-Oct., one nm, one ex-m, three ex, one vg+ to ex and one vg-ex. Among the cover girls are Lilly Christine, June Allyson, Do May, Helena Gardner, Denise Darcel, Irma the Body, Jennie Lee, Amber Halliday, Judy Bamber, Rita Grable, Dolores del Raye, Lily Ayers and Joan Bradshaw. Jayne Mansfield is on the cover of the spiral-bound Volume 5 Quarterly for 1956, vg with ex to ex-m pages. Most regular issues contain one or more articles on night clubs with photos of celebrities, musicians or singers, typically jazz, strip clubs and burlesque entertainers. Articles deal with Sally Rand, famous for her ostrich feather dance; Gwen Verdon, “Broadway’s Hottest Star”; Sammy Davis, Jr., “America’s Most Versatile Performer”; Louis Armstrong; Walter Winchell as “America’s Top Starmaker”; Ella Fitzgerald; “How Burlesque Launched America’s Top Comics”; Lena Horne; Frank Sinatra; Jimmy Durante; Lionel Hampton; Count Basie; Jerry Lewis; Rosemary Clooney; Edith Piaf profiled by Studs Terkel; Abbey Lincoln and others. Each issue has an article and photo spread on one or more cabarets. And each edition, all with 48 pages or more, has an abundance of photos of popular dancers - new and established stars. Starting with the Oct. 1956 issue, each edition has a color centerfold “Queen of the Month,” including: Irma the Body, Jennie Lee, Amber Halliday, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tura Satana, and Joy Reynolds. The Quarterly provides burlesque scenes of Honolulu, Miami, New Orleans and Havana plus pictorials featuring Lilly Christine, Elaine Deming and other dancers. Winning Bid $55.