Valeska Gert posing comically

James Abbe :: German dancer Valeska Gert posing comically on top of a hamper, ca 1926. She shocked the audience at the Champs Elysees by following the dancing tradition of Isadora Duncan. (Photo by James Abbe for General Photographic Agency). | src and hi-res Getty Images

Kyra at the Winter Garden, 1921

James Abbe :: Contortionist and Egyptian Dancer Kyra at the Winter Garden, wearing a costume with a satin crop top and matching fitted shorts, with the top attached to long, flowing curtains, walking barefoot across a tiled floor, Vanity Fair, 1921. | src Condé Nast via Getty Images