Burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee holds her small dog by a train. Lee, originally named Rose Louise Hovick, worked in burlesque, starred in five Hollywood films, wrote for the New Yorker, and published two novels.
This photograph appears with the article, “Southland Boasts Woman Bagpipers: SCOT PIPERS’ SKIRL MUTED Daughters of Scotia Put Soft Pedal on Gendale [sic] Women’s Pibroch,” Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 1935: 11.
At center, a few performers at the Fourth of July celebration at San Fernando Mission Rey de España sit in an arch along the mission's portico. At far left, Herlinda Loredo stands up on a bench and leans back against the arch as she looks to the camera. To the right of her, another unknown, female dancer sits. A man in a charro outfit and sombrero leans over the wall's ledge. At far right, another man in a charro outfit holds a staff and props his leg up on a bench. Other visitors to the mission stand on the other side of the wall's opening.