GUIDE TO THE BARBARA JEAN BURLESQUE THEATER COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C021.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Barbara Jean Burlesque Theater Collection.

CREATOR(S):
Barbara Jean Dishong; Janne Cafara Kane.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
1940-1963, bulk 1950s.

EXTENT:
57 negatives: safety film, b&w; 4 x 5 in.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Copy negatives: 81:12753/0-45 and 94:19326/0-10.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Loan for copy from Barbara Jean Dishong (46 negatives), 1981, and Janne Cafara Kane (11 negatives), 1994.

RESTRICTIONS:
Open for research.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Barbara Jean Burlesque Theater Collection, San Diego Historical Society, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arrangement: by lender; (1) Barbara Jean Dishong and (2) Janne Cafara Kane. Photographic prints from copy negatives of the original photographs are available in the San Diego History Center Photograph Reference Book Collection. Related materials: typed transcripts of oral history interviews with Barbara Jean Dishong and Janne Cafara Kane in the Research Archives. Forms part of: San Diego History Center Negative Collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
Barbara Jean Dishong (1931- ) performed in burlesque shows at the Hollywood Theater in San Diego from 1950 to 1963. Janne Cafara Kane (1908-1997) entered show business in 1921. She came to San Diego in 1940 and headlined at the Hollywood Theater off and on for 18 years. Her stage name was Jan “Irish” Cafara.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Copy negatives of mostly 1950s photographs from Barbara Jean Dishong show burlesque, vaudeville, and striptease acts at San Diego’s old Hollywood Theater on F Street. The collection includes portraits of entertainers, views of the theater marquee, stage performances showing various set designs, and a snapshot of the theater company with owner Bob Johnston at his Sports Palace bar. Stage settings depict a Reno Depot, a carousel, a Richfield station, a jungle temple, and the SS Hollywood. Entertainers include headline acts Barbara Jean and Jan[ne] “Irish” Cafara, comics “Bozo” Lord and “Slats” Taylor, strippers “Big Bobby” and Lili St. Cyr, Barbara Jean’s mother “Kansas City Kitty,” and singer Larry Kane (Cafara’s husband, he later became technical director of the San Diego Opera Association). Sailors make up most of the audience in some photographs.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
Hollywood Theater (San Diego, Calif.)
Burlesque shows — California — San Diego.
Entertainers — California — San Diego.

CONTENTS LIST:

Barbara Jean Dishong
NegativeDescription
81:12753/0Burlesque entertainers and Hollywood Theater owner Bob Johnston at his Sport Palace, including Barbara Jean’s mother “Kansas City Kitty,” Jane “Irish” Cafra [i.e. Janne Cafara Kane], and bar manager “Spaghetti Joe” [i.e. Johnny Keys], 1956
81:12753/1Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1952
81:12753/2Burlesque entertainers on stage with aquatic set, 1950
81:12753/3Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1955
81:12753/4Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Luna Park” set, 1954
81:12753/5Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1955
81:12753/6Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Reno Depot” set, 1950
81:12753/7Burlesque entertainers on stage with Christmas set, 1953
81:12753/8Burlesque entertainers on stage with carousel set, 1953
81:12753/9Hollywood Theater marquee featuring Barbara Jean, “Bozo” Lord, and Harry Myers, 1954
81:12753/10Hollywood Theater marquee featuring Barbara Jean “the Baby Doll,” Larry Kane, and Eddie Ware, [195-]
81:12753/11Portrait of burlesque entertainers Ginger Kay, “Kansas City Kitty,” Delores, Junie Stevens, and Miller, a Hollywood Theater musician, [195-]
81:12753/12Portrait of burlesque entertainers Barbara Jean and Mary King, 1954
81:12753/13Portrait of burlesque entertainers Eddie Lyle, Barbara Jean, and “Bozo” Lord, [195-]
81:12753/14Portrait of burlesque entertainers Jimmy Merrill, When [i.e. Win] Hitt, and Barbara Jean, 1950
81:12753/15Portrait of burlesque entertainers Barbara Jean and Bobbie Lee, 1951
81:12753/16Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Richfield” set and sailors in the audience, 1952
81:12753/17Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Richfield” set and sailors in the audience, 1952
81:12753/18Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Richfield” set, 1952
81:12753/19Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Richfield” set, 1953
81:12753/20Burlesque entertainers on stage with “Richfield” set, 1952
81:12753/21Burlesque entertainers on stage with jungle temple set, 1954
81:12753/22Burlesque entertainers on stage with jungle temple set, 1951
81:12753/23Burlesque entertainers on stage with gambling set, 1957
81:12753/24Burlesque entertainers on stage with gambling set, 1956
81:12753/25Burlesque entertainers on stage with gambling set, 1954
81:12753/26Burlesque entertainers on stage with gambling set, 1956
81:12753/27Burlesque entertainers on stage with gambling set, 1956
81:12753/28Portrait of burlesque entertainers Barbara Jean and Lee Torie [Torrie or Torre?] on stage with “Rialto movies” set, [195-]
81:12753/29Portrait of burlesque entertainers Barbara Jean and Lee Torie [Torrie or Torre?] on stage with “Rialto movies” set, [195-]
81:12753/30Burlesque entertainer on stage with “now appearing” set, [195-]
81:12753/31Burlesque entertainers on stage with “now appearing” set, 1959
81:12753/32Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1956
81:12753/33Burlesque entertainer Mary Lynn on stage with “now appearing” set, 1953
81:12753/34Burlesque entertainer “Big Bobby” [i.e.] Bobby “Texas” Roberts on stage with “now appearing” set, 1960
81:12753/35Burlesque entertainer “Big Bobby” [i.e.] Bobby “Texas” Roberts on stage with “now appearing” set, 1960
81:12753/36Portrait of burlesque entertainer Barbara Jean, 1963
81:12753/37Portrait of burlesque entertainer “Slats” Taylor, 1940
81:12753/38Portrait of burlesque entertainer Barbara Jean, 1950
81:12753/39Portrait of burlesque entertainer Eddie Lyle, 1949
81:12753/40Portrait of burlesque entertainer Treedway [Treadway?], 1952
81:12753/41Portrait of burlesque entertainer “Bozo” Lord, 1948
81:12753/42Portrait of burlesque entertainer “Bozo” Lord, inscribed to Barbara Jean, 1948
81:12753/43Burlesque entertainers on stage with SS Hollywood set, 1943
81:12753/44Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1944
81:12753/45Double exposure of 81:12753/43 and 44
Janne Cafara Kane
NegativeDescription
94:19326/0Hollywood Theater marquee featuring Jan Cafara, “Bozo” Lord, Eddie Lyle, and Danny O’Hara, 1940
94:19326/1Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1940
94:19326/2Burlesque entertainers on stage, 1940
94:19326/3Burlesque entertainers on stage with automobile set, 1940
94:19326/4Portrait of burlesque entertainers, 1940
94:19326/5Portrait of burlesque entertainer, 1940
94:19326/6Portrait of burlesque entertainers, 1948
94:19326/7Portrait of burlesque entertainer Lili [St. Cyr] inscribed to “Jan Cafaro,” 1948
94:19326/8Portrait of burlesque entertainer Lili [St. Cyr] inscribed to “Jan Cafaro,” 1948
94:19326/9Portrait of burlesque entertainer Lili [St. Cyr] inscribed to “Jan Cafaro, the stripteaser,” 1948
94:19326/10Star of Circle Arts Theater [in Kearney Mesa] show Plain and Fancy with Margaret Whiting and Jan Cafara’s husband Larry Kane, 1961