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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