Moulin Rouge for Kids in 1950s Paris

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2nd May, 2014

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Who knew? The iconic Parisian cabaret venue infamous for bare-breasted women, scandalous liaisons and erotic dancing in the heart of the city’s red light district, has a kiddie matinee! Even more unexpected is that these photographs, simply titled, Moulin Rouge Night Club -Sunday Children’s Matinee“, were taken sometime in the far more conservative 1950s (and on a Sunday)– gotta love the French. Of course the dancers’ costumes appear to be more toned down for the matinee, but it’s still amusing to see these wide-eyed kids watching with fascination as the leggy ladies parade across the stage…

Oh and I just had a quick check on the Moulin Rouge website and found that children from the age of six are now permitted to attend the uncensored evening shows.

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Look at the sheer concentration of those young gentlemen!

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 parrots

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But of course there were a few of the children who perhaps would have preferred to stay home and watch cartoons…

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All images by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine.

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