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.

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