Striptease and Burlesque

Airy Fairy Lillian Tries on Her New Corsets (Fragment)
American Mutoscope & Biograph. USA 1905

From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen
K: A.E. Weed. American Mutoscope & Biograph. USA 1903.
Filmed August 25, 1903 in the Biograph New York City studio
Print: Library of Congress

“Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery. (…) A later use of the term, particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a vatiety show format. These were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.”