However, the strip tease industry employed thousands. Besides the dancers themselves, there were club owners, managers, booking agents, doormen, bouncers, ticket-sellers, hat-check girls, cigarette and cigar girls, go-go dancers, choreographers, photographers, costume designers, club secretaries, bookkeepers, MCs, DJs, cooks, kitchen staff, bus boys, prop and set people, lighting specialists, waiters, waitresses, cleaners, bartenders, the musicians who supplied the dancers with live accompaniment until the mid to late 1970s. The industry was also financially beneficial to lawyers who defended clubs when the establishments were raided by vice squads.
We can't forget the benefits of the striptease industry on the city's coffers either. There were permits to be issued for liquor and licensing, property taxes to be paid as well as utility payments. It is no wonder that the striptease industry became as vital to Vancouver's economic growth as our railway facilities, sawmills and grain elevators.
The morality minders, as I like to call them, wanted to shut down the night clubs that catered to the striptease. These high minded people protested, had obscenity laws enforced and made the lives of those involved in the industry difficult. Yet the industry survived.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Becki L. Ross, history, Burlesque West, striptease British Columbia, Canada, morality, Vancouver Sun,the Province