“MILLIE De LEON QUEEN OF ALL DANCERS” RARE REAL PHOTO BUTTON.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM)
Auction #216 - Part II
Item numbers 978 through 2735 in auction 216
1.5” with no maker name. Her given name was Millie Lawrence and she was known by the phrase “The Girl In Blue” which also appears on this button. She was famous for manipulating the news media through the artful use of the scandal and she has been called “The First Real Queen Of American Burlesque.” She traveled across America, often at odds with local indecency ordinances. Her signature stage maneuver was to remove her garters and throw them into the audience. Upon occasion she neglected to wear underwear. While there are several buttons for her, this circa 1902 example is the only real photo we know of in this size. Exc. and displays Mint.
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