USC Libraries has a Twitter Feed!
This photo comes out clear and fine on their site, not so much here--but it's the thought that counts, right?
The writing at the top of the photo says "Ruth Raum, 10-29-52."
The photo reminds me that KPCC yesterday broadcast an interview with Maila Nurmi--VAMPIRA--and R. H. Greene. Here's the link.
Nurmi describes how she fasted on Friday through Saturday, sweated, used papaya powder under a rubber wrap to dissolve away her waist, so that she could fit into the 17-inch-waisted costume for Saturday night. And lots of other nostalgic giggles.
Nurmi passed away in 2008. Her Vampira show went out live in the 1950s, and other than a promotional segment filmed off a TV that was showing it live (in a certain sense of the word), no copies of her show remain. But of course, that just gives us something to look forward to in the afterlife, right? Seeing Vampira in action?