The Story of the Gorgeous Librarian

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The story of Delia, the Gorgeous Librarian.

This the Gorgeous Librarian, but her name is Delia, she suffers from severe memory loss. Her daytime job as a librarian can be done easily; she just looks up everything she needs to know, again and again. Her speciality at night is bondage. This gorgeous librarian likes to experiment with plastic elastics, the ones she gets from the mailman. Delia thinks it’s a more friendly way to tie people down; that is not the case of course. She knows that, but she forgets. It’s never a valuable lesson for Delia when one of her clients turns blue, but they keep coming back for more.

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The Gorgeous Librarian is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Gorgeous Librarian, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1920s porcelain halfdoll, rubber elastic, Dutch pocket dictionary, 1st edition/Meulenhoff ca 1950) 9 x 9 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Stripper Pole Dancer Sella: Her Story

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The Story of Sella the Stripper Pole Dancer

This is Sella, a.k.a. ‘La Giraffa’ she is a fashion model by day. At night Sella works as a striptease dancer, specialized in spinning the dancing pole. From the day she was born she was most known for her remarkable legs; they were sooooo long that they earned her the nickname ‘La Giraffa”. Her mother always needed to add 25 cm of fabric lenght to her clothes so they would fit properly. Sella’s mom did so until the girl was 12 years of age, then she grew tired of it and Sella only wore mini-skirts and 3/4 pants by then. Needless to say; bare legs are a normal thing for Sella, and she has no problems flaunting them at all.

Stripper Pole, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1920/30s etched glass, porcelain legs marked “Deutschland”, 1960s metal compact powder box) 9 x 9 cm. All collectable items have been left untouched. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Powder Box Girls

Stripper Pole is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

The Story of Lady Dice

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The Story of Debby a.k.a. Lady Dice

Lady Dice, but her name is Debby, earns her living with gambling in the daytime; hence the nickname ‘Dice’. At her night-time job Debby is very populair with the clients, she gets the most tips. She thinks that’s a blessing, but it’s not. Yes you guessed right: Debby’s Tips are being swallowed at the crap table every day. Debby’s daytime addiction is a hindrance for her night-time colleagues; nobody knows for sure if she will be present and an empty space is bad for business. Up till now they organized 2 interventions but Lady Dice has missed 7 shifts already, compromising her position at the ‘Fuck Flat’ heavily.

Powder Box Girls

Lady Dice is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Lady Dice, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1920s/1930s porcelain halfdoll, $1 bill, 1950s compact powder box) 9 x 9 cm. All collectable items have been left untouched. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

The Story of Vanity

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The Story of Vanity

This is Vanity, but her name is Loulou, she is from Germany.
Her day job is taking care of children at the daycare center of the local gym. Loulou is one of 6 sisters, she is the oldest and a very responsible person. At home Loulou feels the need to help her siblings out with, well; everything.
The life of this young female is a crowded one, with people seeking her attention continuously. Loulou copes with that busyness during the night, at the ‘Fuckflat’: she loves to just take care of herself while staring at her own reflection in the mirror, creating new poses for hours on end.
Almost needless to mention; the customers she attracts are the ones who like to watch.powderboxgirls story vanity

Vanity, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1920/30s etched glass, porcelain halfdoll, 1950s metal compact powder box) 9 x 9 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Vanity is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Dancing Queen: Her Story

Gloria the Dancing Queen: Her Story

This is Gloria, a retired Marathon Dancer. She once was the record-holding queen of so-called ‘dance marathons’. Gloria quit these endurance movement contests after her partner, Homer, danced himself to death after ‘dancing’ for 98 hours non-stop.

In her heyday Gloria always repaired her own, danced-down shoes: that’s how she learned the basics of shoecrafting. The dayjob of this retired, prizewinning dancer is shoe designer. At night she still dances for money (faking the endurance part of the marathons) and at the same time she promotes her designs.
You know: sex sells.
Most of her clients are sadistic men and women with a fetish for shoes.

powder box girls dancing queen storyDancing Queen, 2017, Mixed media (acrylic cube, plastic, glass, paper, 1960s brass enameled powderbox “mascot cream powder“) 9 x 9 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Dancing Queen is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

The Story of Sleeping Beauty

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The Story of Ulli the Sleeping Beauty

This is the Sleeping Beauty, but her name is Ulli, and she’s the odd one out at the ‘Fuck Flat’. Ulli doesn’t reside in a cube. Also, this girl suffers from narcolepsy so it’s impossible for Ulli to have a dayjob. She is the only Powder Box Girl who doesn’t have two jobs. At night the customers try to wake her up by kissing her. More aggresive tactics are pulling the elastic and letting it go so it slaps hers body hard. Actually clients do everything else they can think of with the elastic straps, sometimes it’s a horrifying site! It seems like this girl knows no pain, nobody knows for sure. The mirror ensures that she’s still breathing.

Powder Box Girls

Sleeping Beauty is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Sleeping Beauty, 2016, mixed media (1950s ceramics, celluloid, mirror, acrylic glass, elastic hairband, rubber, plastic led light) 20 x 13 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used.

 

The Story of Mom Maria

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The Story of Mom Maria

This is Maria, she is a secluded person and does her job at night in an anonymous way; she covers her face with latex. Maria’s dayjob was being a stay-at-home mom, but her son died recently. She is still in mourning so she visits his grave most of the time. Actually, Maria visits every day and brings flowers.

Powder Box Girls

Mom Maria is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Mom Maria, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1920s porcelain halfdoll, marked ‘foreign‘. Compact powder box ‘Vogue‘ 1970s, petit ceramic trinketbox with a tranfer portrait of a boy, latex, oversized pin, wood.) 10 x 10 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

The Story of Tina

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The Story of Tina

This is Tina, she was born in one the smallest village on a tiny island in The Netherlands. During the daytime she is an estheticienne. At night, next to having plain sex for cash, she takes care of her colleauges by tidying up their appearance. Tina likes to shave eyebrows off, cut long hair short and she loves pushing hair coloration to it’s limits. She is the most flamboyant person you’ll ever meet, by Dutch standards that is. Tina is the best example of a Dutch souvenir-girl.

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Tina is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

Tina, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cube, 1940s/50s porcelain Dutch souvenir wooden shoe from Ameland, feathers, 1960s etched metal powderbox Stratton, 1920s/30s halfdoll) 9 x 9 cm. All collectable items have been left untouched. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

The Story of Jean’s Meeting Point

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The Short Story of Jean’s Meeting Point

This is Jean, she is a shop-a-colic, by day and by night. She just isn’t able to leave the shoppingmall at all anymore. You could say that’s the reason she’s homeless. At night time, when the shops are closed, she roams the mall by herself and finds her customers near the ‘Meeting Point’. Jean takes her clients (male and female) to the back alley behind the neon signs for a quicky. Yes, that is her specialty, and Jean is good at it, the best!

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Meeting Point, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic cubes, Miniaturfigur Preiser, made in Germany /  Fake Chanel ‘CC’ pocket mirror / ‘Auto-coat’ glass window sign from Maison de Bonneterie, Amsterdam. A genuine Chanel button.) 13 x 13 cm. All collectable items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. If you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Powder Box Girls

Meeting Point is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

 

The story of Pinky Palace

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The story Pinky Palace

This is Joan, but her name is Pinky Palace. By day she is an interior designer, her favorite style is Hollywood Regency. Her nighttime workplace is decorated to the max, the color scheme of her cube completes her physique so well that everybody just stares and admires the beauty of it all. No customer has ever seen her room from the inside. Joan doesn’t mind, she knows her window is only a facade, her tiny work room is just as plain as any other room in ‘The Fuck Flat’

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Pinky Palace, 2016, Mixed media (acrylic, cube, Avon compact powder box, 1980s ceramics marked Arzberg, sponge, celluloid toothing rings, elastic hairband, plastic) 9 x 9 cm. All items have been left untouched, no glue or any other permanent adhesives have been used. if you open the gold filled seal this sculpturette will fall apart.

Powder Box Girls

Pinky Palace is part of the Powder Box Girls; a series of statuettes accompanied by their own short story created by Mimi Berlin. The Powder Box Girls are girls of pleasure with double jobs. Working during the day is very important to them, oddly enough without these jobs they couldn’t work the night.

 

The Story of Rabbit a.12 and Rabbit a.16

-Rabbit a.16, 2014. (Mixed media: ceramic/Small and brown faux pearls/Large sweet water pearls/Pink Jade) ø 9 x 14,5 cm.
-Rabbit a.12, 2014. (Mixed media: 1970s porcelain signed Goebel/ Small faux pearls/Large sweet water pearls/Marble) 6,5 x 6,5 x 11 cm.

The Story:
These two species; Rabbit a.12 and Rabbit a.16 are created for the same purpose: pioneering digital hearing enhancement technology (DHET). Rabbits are extremely suitable for DHET because of their largest feature: the ears. By blocking the eyes and mouth they won’t see no evil and speak no evil, but they can hear evil extremely well. And that’s where they come in handy. The species is created to double as a propaganda and gossip detectors, next to being cute. Rabbit a.12, on the right, is stuck in an experimental phase: the pearly smile allows making sounds. Rabbit a.16, the last try-out in line, is the most efficient one, but not yet cute enough.

Titty Trapeze: The Story.

Titty Trapeze by Mimi Berlin

Titty Trapeze: The Story.

Titty Trapeze, Nude Trapeze Artist; (née Mary Wilson, 1905 Chesterton, UK-1982, Las Vegas, USA)

Titty Trapeze, the act, was actually the work of two people: Mary and Bob Wilson. This couple designed the act Titty Trapeze to cater their own fetishes, taking it to the extreme in public. Mary was born in an astronomical family(1) she inherited the love for being a star high up in the sky. Mr Wilson had very dominant tendencies(2), which were also rooted in his youth. Needless to say; this circus act was actually rated triple X, but only if you paid attention to the details.

Titty Trapeze was a semi-nude trapeze act, for which Bob Wilson designed two special nipple piercings (they were the size of bracelets) for his wife Mary. Dangling from these hoops was a metal chain, which was draped to Mrs Wilson’s backside to mimic a swing. A sack was placed over her head, so she appeared to be headless. (but was in fact anonymous) Furthermore; her arms were blackened by make-up, emphasizing the ‘free floating effect’. Mrs Wilson swung just above the heads of the (standing) audience so they could almost touch her toes.

Needless to say Mary’s Mama’s dropped to her knees at the early age of 25. But by this time the couple had already turned their backs to the Circus and took on performing a less physically demanding act: Salomé. The dance performance Salomé was already a very popular act in the 1910s.(3) The Wilson’s modernized it a bit: Mary danced, fully clothed, with Bob’s head in her hands. (it was his turn to wear a black sack as costume; it was pulled over his body leaving only his head visible to the audience) The Salomé routine was a succes, revived by the Wilson’s and re-gaining it’s popularity at many Vaudeville and Strip shows(4). Performing this act well into the 1970s; they lived happily ever after and died on the same day in the middle of the Nevada desert, during a storm.

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Titty Trapeze is part of the History of Circus Legends a series of unique figurines handmade by Mimi Berlin.
Mimi Berlin, 2013. Titty Trapeze, (1970s ceramics, 1920s mother of pearl, resin & metal, beads in sweet water pearl and copper) 14,5 x 8 cm.

Titty Trapeze: The Story is written by Mimi Berlin. Loosely based on the life of Bob and Ethel Granger and other unbelievable historical accurate events and people.

(Image: Titty Trapeze in Action. Titty Trapeze at work; watch her move high above the ground…..gif by Appdikted.)

Notes:
(1)The Grangers of Peterborough – an astronomical family Authors: Atwell, R. Journal: Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol.100, no.5, p.214-217 Bibliographic Code: 1990 JBAA..100..214A (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1990JBAA..100..214A)
(2)http://www.ethelgranger.com|
(3)Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895–1915 By Andrew L. Erdman (published by McFarland). Page 108 (https://books.google.nl/books?id=b_VTCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=salome+strip+act&source=bl&ots=zYnNVcTiQm&sig=1o_XlcZ920e-v_fKXQdIbciy-A0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN2P_XzdfVAhWLKFAKHS0oBFEQ6AEITDAG#v=onepage&q=salome%20strip%20act&f=false)|
(4)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_St._Cyr

 

 

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The story of the Mounted Lady Trumpeteer

Mounted Lady Trumpeteer (neé Darlene D’amour, 1918, Nice- 1938.)

The taxidermy of Darlene D’amour was found in a tiny museum, or cabinet of wonders if you will. She was placed in a vitrine including, amongst other oddities, a model steam boat in Amsterdam(1). After years of researching her story came to life.

Darlene D’amour was a member of the European musical act Bubblé Jeunesse D’oree (bubbles golden youth), managed by O.Bartik(2) This was really an astonishing act: Three women playing the trumpet under water wearing mini dresses. They were set in a huge aquarium filled with brass flowers and golden glitter. This act was an expensive one, and thus didn’t become as populair as it should have been.

At some point Darlene, allegedly, unfortunately cut her ankle at one of the brass leaves and lost her foot(3) and she bled to death in the water tank.
The underwater act was obviously cursed and the aquarium was too large for 2 people; the act vanished. (yes, it literally bled to death, duh.)

Mister Bartik did continue showing the taxidermy of Darlene D’amour’s body and named her the
‘Mounted Lady Trumpeteer’. Believe it or not but he sold her foot, including golden shoe to a ‘harem keeper’. The foot of Darlene Love ended up in a whorehouse named ‘The Harem’, where it was placed in the middle of the main room to set an example for women who were thinking of escaping.(4)
The horror of it all!

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Mimi Berlin, 2013. History of Circus Legends. Lady Trompeteer. ( 1920s ceramic, plastic, copper, glass, cello-tape, rubber, water) ø7.5/4.5 x 27 cm,

Mounted Lady Trumpeteer: The Story is written by Mimi Berlin. Very loosely based on an advertisement in Billboard magazine 1906, on musician Darlene Wright, and on the private collection of Freundin T.

Notes:
(1) This statuette is part of the private collection of Freundin T. since 2013.
(2) The Billboard, 22 September,1906. http://www.circushistory.org/Pdf/Billboard22Sep1906.pdf
(3) The Foot of Darlene Love, History of circus Legends by Mimi Berlin, 2013.
(4) The No Harm Harem, a series of statuettes by Mimi Berlin.

Mimi Berlin, 2013. Mounted Lady Trumpeteer, Mixed Media ( 1920s ceramic, plastic, copper, glass, cello-tape, rubber, water) ø7.5/4.5 x 27 cm.
The Mounted Lady Trumpeteer is part of the History of Circus Legends, a series of unique figurines handmade by Mimi Berlin.

The story of Dinky the Head Balancer

Dinky, Headbalancer, (neé ? a Deaf Albino Rabbit)

Dinky was a pet bunny owned by The LaMothe Trio, circus performers and brothers with a head and hand balancing act.(1) Dinky was born an albino and was deaf to both ears. The brothers didn’t eat him like they usually did with animals, no, nothing but good fortune came to Dinky througout his life!
The LaMothe brothers concealed his dissability, or rather made the most out of it, by covering Dinky’s ears with pink jars (matching his red eyes). These jars enabled Dinky to stand on his ears for hours. This was the way he made himself useful; balancing upside down during the entire, ten minute, act of the LaMonte Trio. This unknown but legendary rabbit was almost a mini sideshow by himself.

Notes:
(1)
Billboard 22 September, 1906

The sad story of La Jeune Marletta

La Jeune Marletta, Ice Skater  (Born a nameless orphan, Chicago, USA. 19??/1915 )

La Marletta was adopted by Bernhard Salchow (Father of Ulrich Salchow, the inventor of the jump bearing his name(1) He adopted the little child, after immigrating to the United States from Sweden, leaving his blood related family behind, in 1910. Mr Salchow started training La Marletta (then believed to be approximately four years of age) immediately after he found her. This fierce ice skating trainer taught her to do a Grande Jetez followed by a Salchow with an extra 3/4 rotation. She performed this jump-set many times at  various Vaudeville shows in the group act; Gisele on Ice, directed by Mr Salchow himself. She was the first female performer to execute the Salchow jump, a fact often mistakenly credited to Theresa Weld, who performed it at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Doom came upon her at the young age of five years (or one year after she had been adopted). During her performance of Gisele on Ice her partner failed to catch her after her perfectly executed jump set. She crashed to the ground, as she lay still on the ice the entire corps de ballet went on with the show, and skated over her petite body. Marletta’s spine was badly bruised, her neck was fiercly dislocated and her upper teeth moved back and forth, her feet were cut of at her ankles. She was hospitalized for 12 months but never recovered, La Jeune Marletta died (presumably) at the age of six years.

To preserve her delicate, broken body she is kept in water, to remain a memory frozen in time.

Notes
(1) Ulrich Salchow

©Mimi Berlin, La Jeune Marletta, Ice Skater. 2013. 1920s glass, 1970s ceramic and plastic, water. 6.5 x 11 cm.

La Jeune Marletta is part of the History of Circus Legends. View the complete series History of Circus Legends HERE

The Story of Clements the Contorsionist

Clements the Contorsionist. (neé Clements de Marlo 1902-1993, Bremen)

From the 1910s through the 1930s this celebrated contorsionist performed his magic at circus and vaudeville circuits around the world. He is credited by circus historians as creating several new contortion (or bending) acts. The most populair being “Frog’s Paradise”(1) which Clements created in 1911.

Was he a man without any bones? No, he inherited his talent. Mr de Marlo’s vertebrae didn’t scrape together, so the muscles and ligaments in his spine allowed the vertebrae to stretch lots and lots of inches apart. On top of that Clements started training his unusual body at the correct age of four years old. Mr de Marlo’s was also a stuntman in silent films for the actor John Barrymore, doubling for acrobatic shots and fencing.(2)

Notes
(1)Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 (2)New York Times, June 4, 1993

©Mimi Berlin, Contorsionist, 2013, Mixed media (1990s/1980s ceramic, bakelite) 7 x 8.5 cm.

Dolly the Well Done Lamb: Her Story

The predictive story of Dolly (taxidermy, replica)

After World War I ended, there were lots of dressed up (sheep) sculptures(1) to be found at the sideshows. They were created to remember the Dolly Sisters after they moved from the USA to France. The Dolly Sisters were very populair twins, socialités, dancers and singers at the Ziegfeld Follies, the seductive glamour they brought on stage abroad was highly missed in the US of A. Hence the creation of numerous well done embellished dressed up sheep. These taxidermies or statuettes were often covered in faux pearls.(2) to copy the sisters original outfits, designed by a.o. Paul Poiret.

note: the choice for faux pearls is clear: these beads were at the height of fashion in those days. On the other hand why they used sheep remains a mystery.

Notes
(1)Bonhams Auctioneers, Demetre Chiparus, lot #78, 2012
(2)Mimi Berlin’s Evolutionairy Extravaganza.

©Mimi Berlin 2013. Lamb, Mixed media (1970s porcelain, signed Goebel W Germany 43, 1950s/1960s/1980s beads & gold filled metal, 1980s