Mae West (August 17, 1893-November 22, 1980) was one of the mega-stars of Hollywood in the Golden Age of the 1930s and she was the Golden Girl. In an age that celebrated curvilinear forms, females with round faces and blonde hair (it was known as the Depression Modern Style), Mae West filled the bill. Her bountiful curves were said to be the inspiration for industrial designer Raymond Loewy to create the modern Coca Cola bottle! If Mae West had the right look at the right time, it was by no means accidental.
This series comprises photographs, photocopies and other papers, and props related to the career of Willie, West and McGinty, a comedy team sometimes described as “The Comedy Builders.” The props consist of a carpenter’s apron and two large corncob-style pipes. The photocopies include a step-by-step record, attributed to Ted Corradine, of the Willie West and McGinty stage routine and a playbill for Judy Garland and her International Variety Show that includes Willie, West and McGinty, “A Billion Building Blunders.” A poster from this collection is stored separately with the Posters and Oversize Items series, Box 23.
These materials were [apparently] donated to the American Vaudeville Museum by Bill West's granddaughter, Robin Doolan Geoffrion.