Featured Artifact: Val de Val One-sheet

Val de Val One-sheetVal de Val (1917-2000), billed as “The Liberator” and “The H-Bomb of Burlesque”, began performing in the 1940s. She made two films, French Follies (which also featured our founder, Jennie Lee) and Burlesque in Hawaii (also released as Oriental Vanities) before retiring from performing when she got married in 1957. She went on to become a fine artist and art teacher.

This oversized one-sheet measures 54″ x 41″, with red and blue ink screenprinted onto matte white paper. One-sheets like these were placed behind glass outside theaters to promote the show; we have two in a matched pair, suggesting one for either side of the theater entrance.

Val de Val

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NEW! Sunday hours starting Dec. 30

Starting December 30, there will be more BHoF to love as we expand our operating hours to Sundays. In addition to our current Tuesday – Saturday hours, 10am to 6pm, we will now be open Noon to 4pm on Sundays.

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Happy Holidays from The Burlesque Hall of Fame

Happy Holidays from The Burlesque Hall of Fame

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a fabulous new year!

–From the staff and board at BHoF

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20 Years of BHoF, Inc.

Exotic World Articles of Incorporation - Page 1Exactly 20 years ago today, on December 21, 1998, Dixie Evans filed Articles of Incorporation with the state of California to incorporate Exotic World, Inc. (now Burlesque Hall of Fame, Inc.). The stated purpose of this newly-registered organization was:

…for the preservation and perpetuation of an era of burlesque and exotic dancing by displaying in a museum setting, artifacts of the genre such as photographs, posters, costumes and accessories and related memorabilia.

20 years later, with your help, we are still pursuing the same mission, preserving and perpetuating the art of burlesque every day through the work we do here at the museum...

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BHoF Membership takes you even MORE places!

North American Reciprocal Museums Association logoBeing a BHoF Member is already a great deal. You get reduced price or free admission to the museum, early access to BHoF Weekender passes, discounts on merchandise and classes, and for members at the Flash Act or higher level, you get free access to over 200 museums nationwide through our partnership with ROAM, the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums.

And now, your membership takes you even MORE places! We are pleased to announce that we have become a member of the North America Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), allowing Flash Act and Headliner members to access an additional list of over a THOUSAND museums nationwide (and in Canada and Mexico). Check out the map on their website to see participating museums near you, or download the full list...

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