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Original Photo of Burlesque Stripper Heather Bankx Palomino Club Las Vegas 1997
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Listed By: Artist Framing: Unframed
Photo Type: Gelatin Silver Region of Origin: US
Subject: Nudes Size Type/ Largest Dimension: 8x10

My partner, Robert Scott Hooper has been photographing women in Las Vegas for decades.  He, in fact, came to Las Vegas from the mid-west figuring it would be the place to find the most beautiful (and willing) women to photograph.  It was a small town in the desert then, with a just few strip clubs.  Hooper found Paul Perry who owned the Gay 90's club in North Las Vegas pretty quickly and went to work shooting the dancers and doing the advertising.  When Perry opened the world famous Palomino Club a few years later, Hooper revamped a room in the basement of the club for a studio.  The ceiling was so low he had to take the lightbulb out of the fixture so it wouldn't show in his pictures.

Hooper did the photography and advertising for Perry's clubs, including the Cabaret Club on Paradise Road and his Ole TIme Burlesque shows in hotels, on and off for many years.  He even managed to get a two page spread in Playboy in his pictorial on the "Girls of Las Vegas" that ran in Feb 1979.  His photos of the dancers at the clubs graced cab signs, billboards and magazine covers while the Palomino Club became famous for being the "classiest" totally nude club in America.  When the Palomino changed hands several years ago, it brought the end to an era.  We felt the loss in many ways, not just the fact that it is proof that we may be getting old ;-)  Over the years, whether Hooper was working for the club or not, he owned a seat at the end of the bar and used to joke that it was the only place he couldn't get thrown out of.....they were family.

You can find out more about Hooper and some strip club history at the Vegas Retro website posted on my


You've probably seen Heather in magazines. She was in Playboy in a dancer layout in the 90's and I'm pretty sure she made Cherie or Hustler. I will always think of her as one of the last of the burlesque stars at the Palomino Club. The club was suffering from the loss of Paul Perry and the new "lap dancing, table dancing, pole dancing topless dancer" clubs were opening up in Vegas. The Palomino kept pace for a while. The fans of real burlesque shows still came to see the shows downstairs, but most of the money and action was in lap dances upstairs. No costume or 15 minute show was needed there. When she gave up and went to Deja Vu's where she became just a topless dancer, but made a ton of money, we felt like the era of the World Famous Palomino Burlesque Club was over. And we were right. The club still exists today, but it is not the same in any way as the Palomino of the 70's and 80's.

This photo was taken to be used as in a large back lit box inside the club. It was not used and this photo has never been printed.

Hooper is working on a book about burlesque in Las Vegas and we are making enlargements or test prints of some of the images he is considering. Most of these "new" prints are made from images that have never been printed, thus the need for a test. Once we see the test, there is no need to hang on to the prints, so I am offering them on ebay.  There will not be another print of this photo offered. These are true photographic prints, made from the original negative or transparency.  This photo of Heather is an 8x10 luster finish print made to consider for the book, whether it will make the final cut, who knows.  I will have Hooper sign the print if you request it, making it more valuable when the book is published.   No rights or copyrights are given or implied. The HOOPER watermark is NOT on the print you purchase.


The photos are old, but the prints are new.  Well, unfortunately we didn't have a clue when we were young that "vintage prints" would be valuable to collectors, or we might have had prints made of EVERYTHING Hooper shot over the years!  Oh, well, maybe next time;-)  We still think these photos are special, the girls just as pretty, the lighting just a cool and the fashion of the day still historic.  So what if the print was made last year?  It will still hang on your wall and look like a great piece of art.  And just think, someday it will be a "true vintage" print.  Who knows, maybe your kids will get rich from your collection!  

Just a little explanation as to how these prints are made so you know what you are getting.  In our process, the original negative or transparency is digitally scanned at extremely high resolution to ensure that each grain particle within the image is faithfully captured. The scanned image is then put into a high end computer work station and gone over in fine detail to correct any wayward color, dust, or other anomalies introduced by the scanning process.

The scanned file is then printed on the highest end digital enlarger/printer that converts the digital image to laser light and exposes it onto "real" photographic paper with a level of sharpness that cannot be matched by conventional means. The prints are made on the finest quality photographic paper available, which, under normal display conditions will last up to four times longer than some of the traditional photographic papers. It is the ideal medium for the creation of museum quality prints that will last a lifetime.

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A note about shipping:  I ship once a week, usually on Friday or Monday, in order to save you on shipping I have to save me trips to the Post Office.  If you need an item sooner, please let me know and I will do my best to get it to you. I ship First Class, well protected in cardboard.

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