Erotic and/or Burlesque photographs are photographs of women and men, scantily clad and sometimes employed as a dancer, actress, and/or prostitute. It was generally illegal in the 1920s to have nudity in photographs. However, photographers like Albert Arthur Allen, created a rich and vast collection of erotic photographs focused mostly on mostly larger women. Erotic or burlesque photographs like Albert Arthur Allen often contain images of women (or men) posed in romantic ways against ornate backdrops. Light and shadows are important in creating the effect of sultry, smooth skin. The 1930s were met with a counteractive boom to the illegality with the popularity of pin-up girls and the boudoir photos of the 1970s.
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