Black Dahlia: Some Rando Stripper, Not Elizabeth Short, in EBay Photos Listed at $3,000

Rando Stripper
A vendor on EBay has listed old pictures of some rando stripper as Elizabeth Short for $3,000. No really.


I mean seriously? The description doesn’t hedge a bit – like saying photos that *might* be Elizabeth Short or photos that *resemble* Elizabeth Short. They are (supposedly) images of Elizabeth Short. One is dated June 19, 1945, when Elizabeth Short wasn’t anywhere near Los Angeles. Oops.


Some Rando Stripper

And no, this is not Elizabeth Short.

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5 Responses to Black Dahlia: Some Rando Stripper, Not Elizabeth Short, in EBay Photos Listed at $3,000

  1. Earl Boebert says:

    If the John E Reed and the Gabriel Moulin Studios marks are authentic, it’s unlikely that the lady or ladies are from the demimondaine, as these studies were legit and photographed many A-list celebs. Moulin appears to have specialized in skaters.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Famous 1940s stripteuse Betty Rowland, the Ball of Fire (whom I interviewed), was often photographed by Bernard of Hollywood, one of the primo studio photographers in Los Angeles. Photo studios were (and are) a business and as long as the client had the money, there was no quibbling about their profession.


  2. Earl Boebert says:

    Well, sure, but Rowland, like Sherry Britton and others, were borderline or completely legit during WWII. I doubt that the average stripper working the dives and posing for “nudie cuties” to make ends meet could afford either of the mentioned studios. So I guess we should agree to disagree until somebody IDs the lady or ladies in the photos.


  3. Eve says:

    Say, if that dame’s Elizabeth Short, I’m Garbo on roller skates.


  4. Undine says:

    The page now has a banner reading, “This listing was ended by the seller because there was an error in the listing.”

    Oh, do tell.


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