|CREDIT UPI Photograph 1958 as shown following:|
A magnificently human and rare photograph of Tana Louise in action, for some reason taken by a UPI photographer in 1958. As such, one of the very few of the dancer that I know of taken during a dance performance. October 19, 1958. As the original caption reads, Ms. Louse was shaking it in a New York Cafe as yet unidentified.
Why was a UPI stringer sent to photograph Tana on that date? Or even at all? Her then consort, the fetish innovator Leonard Burtman would not have his inventory confiscated by the Feds until 6 months later. We can be thankful the group of photographs (only one shown) turned up on eBay, as to my knowledge they were never published. They aren't posed publicity or pin up shots…but of a working woman putting on quite a show. Much more common are the photos Lenny and his buddy Sam took of Tana dressed in gear which was as the time, to say the least, unconventional.
|Tana Louise (and wares) "Catalog C-4" No Date Burmel Publishing|
|Tana Louise Publicity Photograph circa 1950|
There are thousands of untold stories from the golden days of sleaze, as this blog proves, and that there have been over 800 posts here already only indicates how many more are to be told. Yet, from this writer's perch, Tana Louise is the MAJOR untold story of the 1950s. A story not even scratched.