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Check out Burlesque Babes Shop gift items on Zazzle. See the "Logo Girls", Sally the Shape, and Betty "Blue Eyes" Howard, as well as FiFi Paree, Venus Love and Lady Zorro. They're on ties, keychains, and fun cut-out stand-up sculptures ~ paper dolls for grown-ups! More goodies to come! What great gift ideas!

Ann Bang Bang Arbor

From my archives. Her "Million Dollar Figure" headlined Minsky's Burlesque Show at the Rialto Theater.

One of her promo flyers. From my archives.


She's pictured in the vintage magazine CAVALCADE OF BURLESQUE / MAY, 1952 /VOLUME 1, #3

Ann Arbor #1 -- big 11x17 glossy photo print for sale in my Burlesque Babes Shop.
Ann Arbor Card 5x7 Glossy Photo+Bonus pic inside for sale in my Burlesque Babes Shop. 

  • Here's a snippet from Memoir of Hollis Frampton:
    "He graduated from the ticket booth to running the lights and sound effects at a vaudeville-burlesque house (a cap- pistol for Ann Bang-Bang Arbor) ..."

  • Mentioned in Article on Retro Kitten about strippers and their gimmicks -- Gotta Have A Gimmick / by Jason Croft
    "When it comes to tag lines, it was all about the mixing a clever turn-of-a-phrase with a hint of titillation. A good tag line could sum up a dancer’s act within a couple of words. A great tag line could stay in your head long after the act was over. For example... Ann 'Bang Bang' Arbor 'The Million Dollar Figure'..."

Speaking of Burlesque Strippers and their gimmicks -- here's the fabulous and hysterically funny "You Gotta Have A Gimmick" number from the 1962 film, Gypsy.

I could not find any more bio/history online references to any vintage Burlesque stripper named Ann Bang-Bang Arbor, so if you have any info, memories, or stories to share, please email me. Thanks!

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