Burlesque: The Photograph Collection of Legendary Comic Dick Richards (paperback)
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Burlesque: The Photograph Collection of Legendary Comic Dick Richards (paperback)

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Burlesque: The Photograph Collection of Legendary Comic Dick Richards

by Jane Briggeman


7X10 size

262 total pages

Over 250 photographs

ISBN 9798887713991


In 2021, after the death of talking woman and dancer Lorraine Lee, I received the photograph collection of her late husband, comic Dick Richards. Dick began working in burlesque in the late 1930s. The couple often worked together for Harold Minsky; they had been married for 35 years when Dick died. For nearly 30 years Lorraine moved these photographs around with her after his death, so you know they meant a great deal to her. This is a simple book with very few words and 287 photographs; I hope you enjoy it.

For more photographs and burlesque history check out my other books: BURLESQUE: a Living History; BURLESQUE: Legendary Stars of the Stage 2nd Edition; BURLESQUE: A Collection of Comedy Blackouts; and BURLESQUE A Final Tribute: Legends Recipes & Minsky’s Files. The first two books listed won Independent Publishing Awards; and most of the books contain information regarding some of the performers whose photographs are shared in this book. Another book you might enjoy is: BURLESQUE in a Nutshell, by Dusty Sage; it is also available at BearManor Media or Amazon.

Critique: Each individual B/W photo is captioned with the name of the performer. The informative commentary is condensed into a nine page introduction (Burlesque: A Photographic Collection), with the photos segregated by gender -- 150 pages of the female performers, 56 pages of male performers. A treasury of nostalgia and a 'must' for dedicated Burlesque fans and historians, this large format (7 x 0.6 x 10 inche, 1.01 pounds) paperback edition of "Burlesque: The Photograph Collection of Legendary Comic Dick Richards" is a 'once in a lifetime' pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Burlesque Theatre collections and supplemental American Theatrical History curriculum studies lists.

 Editorial Note: Author and Burleque historian Jane Briggeman has a complete listing of her books online at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/447163.Jane_Briggeman