Sunday, September 11, 2011

Early Emil Erotica

I have nearly exhausted the supply of saucy simians and strippers but it is a joy to see the sheer multitude of images brought together - my thanks to The Mighty Bongo for sharing the images of Emil in the twilight of his burlesque career. I have a notion who the dancer from the previous post might be. Here are a pair of pics that appear to be from the dawn of Emil's erotic adventures.

French Casino Beastie (?)

I came across this image long, long ago at the now defunct Girls and Giants (?)
website. The site's focus were beautiful dames in distress with a variety of oversize oppressors. The photo was not identified but had a site watermark that I subsequently photoshopped out. The image appears to be labelled 'French Casino Breauties' or possibly Beasties or Beauties. I haven't the foggiest if the photo was shot in France or maybe Louisiana, for all I know. It does appear to be of a similar vintage to the second image which was posted at the CHMB and identified by the fellow who posted it.

Emil Van Horn as Ingagi, with Eleonore Wood at the New York World's Fair, 1939:

'Emil Van Horn as Ingagi, with Eleonore Wood at the New York World's Fair, 1939' The date is of particular interest because it pre-dates Emil's film credits which began after 1940.


  1. Hey, I've got some more information on the top photo:

    It actually says "French Casino Brevities". Brevities was a term used at the time to describe short show numbers, often of a "light" character, and of course French Casino Brevities then implied the sort of brevities one might perform at French casino ... and we all know what those naughty Frenchies are up to ...

    Van Horn started his gorilla career at the Nudist Colony exhibit at the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park, San Diego in 1935, and toured with a spin-off show called Beauty vs. Beast in 1936/37. The show was then incorporated in another touring burlesque act called French Casino Brevities that toured quite successfully in 1937/38.

    The topless woman in the picture is actually "Zorine, Queen of the Nudists", the lead performer in the Nudist Colony exhibit, who "abdicated" in 1935 to go on tour with Van Horn. Her real name was Yvonne Stacey, and she was part of a nude performance group from Chicago that came down to San Diego in -35 to found he nude colony in a place with a little more sun and beaches than Chicago.

    The Beauty vs. Beast show then morphed into Ingagi in 1938, and subsequently also became a little less risqué, and it was that show that was performed at the New York World Fair in 1939, by then with another female performer.

    I'm don't know exactly when or where the photo is taken, but it must be the latter half of 1937 or the first half of 1938, since it is clearly on tour with French Casino Brevities. It is probably taken somewhere in California.

    Love your blog by the way, you guys are mad as hatters. :D

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