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February 14, 2016 10:38 PM   Subscribe

Back in March, a few of us here at the magazine got e-mails from friends who had seen an intriguing item listed on eBay. “1930s stripper/dancer scrapbook—Cincinnati,” the posting announced, “Jean Harlow’s double.” So we bought it. But who was she?

WXVU Interview about the story with Cincinnati Magazine editors RJ Smith and Amanda Boyd Walters.
posted by MoonOrb (6 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
this thing has me going back and forth to wikipedia looking up the characters. excellent.
posted by Ironmouth at 11:59 PM on February 14, 2016

That Lawndale Ave address kept tickling my memory. Turns out that it's only a few miles from some of my old stomping grounds as a kid.
posted by CincyBlues at 1:01 AM on February 15, 2016

"Erma Kunkel" is not a name to be seen in highlights...
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:39 AM on February 15, 2016

Good story. Confusing article.
posted by AugustWest at 6:04 AM on February 15, 2016

Are there any better scans of the actual scrapbook?
posted by Catblack at 7:30 AM on February 15, 2016

Good story. Artifacts and souvenirs give shape to a life not apparent to the casual visitor dropping by for coffee. Life in a drawer. She never went nova, but she did fly. She got paid for it, too.

...wait, that person with the sacred parrot? What the hell?
posted by mule98J at 8:12 AM on February 16, 2016

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