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Fishnet and Fur: 1952

Fishnet and Fur: 1952

New York, 1952. "Martha Raye in rehearsal for her television show, All-Star Revue." The Big Mouth had a decent set of gams as well as gums. Photo by Charlotte Brooks for "Perpetual Commotion" in Look magazine. View full size.

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The Undisputed Winnah

"We are happy to announce that Martha Raye is the undisputed winner of MOTION PICTURE's 'Beautiful Legs Contest." Martha won by an overwhelming majority receiving three times as many votes as the runner-up."

February 1939

In my younger years

I would of given anything to have a pair of legs like that. Now I'm grateful to just have legs. Don't let my screen name fool ya, I'm a woman.

Big Broadcast Broad

About 15 years earlier Martha had a role in the "Big Broadcast of 1938" and she was a hoot to watch while trying to sing a song while being flung all over the place by sailors and her clothes were coming apart all the while to reveal some pretty decent pins. You could never mistake that voice. She was a pretty good singer as long as she was singing a straight song. I rarely got to hear that though. We used to see her a lot on the various variety shows in the '60s. I miss seeing such entertainers. There will never be any like them again.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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