Category Archives: 1950s

The Suicide That Shook Baltimore

“A fellow can keep a lot of things in his safe that haven’t got anything to do with naval intelligence…I know a fellow who keeps a bank vault just to keep 16 photos of Brigitte Bardot locked up.” Continue reading

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Blaze Starr’s Wild Animal Acts

I’ve been reading Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis, who also directed the hit documentary film of the same title. It’s an oral history of American Burlesque “as told by the performers who … Continue reading

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Brace Yourself for the Baltimore Bracer, the 1950s Pirate Cocktail

From NIP AHOY: THE PICTURE BAR GUIDE by Robert H. Loeb, Jr., Wilcox & Follett, 1954 “‘Here’s an unmarried pirate, with a gleam in his unpatched eye and a yearning within, who’s charted his course to his lady-love’s heart – he … Continue reading

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