Friday, October 20, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 20

October 20, 1915 – Chorus girls who show in Minneapolis will have to cover their legs with something less transparent than rays from the footlights. Thomas Patrick Gleason, moral censor of the theaters, is on the warpath and intends that no young lady will contract pneumonia in this town.

Gleason halted the entertainment at the Unique Theater this evening long enough to make the Diving Nymphs retire to their subterranean dressing room and cover their mermaid limbs with something more substantial than talcum powder.

Gleason says “nix on the nature costume.” Jaded Broadway may demand a runway along a cross section of the “bald-headed row,” but Gleason won’t let those who tread the runway be exposed to any chilling drafts from the front of the house.

Asked what he would do if dancers Pavlova or Gertrude Hoffman came along, Gleason said, “The art stuff is a little deep for me, so I’ll have to reserve my decision on that point till the occasion arrives.”

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Morals Censor Makes Diving Nymphs Cover Up—Art Stuff Sidestepped.”; October 21, 1915; p. 1.


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