Vintage Everyday posted this series of pictures from Life magazine in 1949 documenting the travelling show troupe of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. In this set of photos, Ms. Lee and her fellow entertainers were in my home town of Memphis, and a few local sites can be identified. In the photo above, the large building (background right) is the old Ellis Auditorium. In addition to other old Memphis buildings, the Harahan bridge over the Mississippi River is visible in some shots. I was not able to determine conclusively what brought Ms. Lee and Company to town, but considering the downtown location, the apparent warm weather, and the carnival-like background, we here at the SSS believe her act was part of the annual Cotton Carnival.