Glad you liked the “shining” WotW. REH’s fascination with beer gives us some great poetry and tall tales fun.
When I read his letter, I wasn’t sure how “leg show” was defined in the late 20s, early 1930s. Was it a strip tease burlesque show,or a musical show number where girls danced in very short costumes, or perhaps a song and dance performance in a saloon or bar—something that is frequently shown in Westerns such as “Destry.”
According to Wikipedia. There were three main influences on American burlesque in its early years: Victorian burlesque (a form of musical theater parody,) "leg shows" and minstrel shows.
”Leg" shows, such as the musical extravaganza *The Black Crook* (1866), became popular around the same time (the 1800s.) The influence of the minstrel show soon followed. American burlesque rapidly adopted the minstrel show's tripartite structure: part one was composed of songs and dances rendered by a female company, interspersed with low comedy from male comedians. Part two featured various short specialties and olios in which the women did not appear. The show's finish was a grand finale. Sometimes the entertainment was followed by a boxing or wrestling match.
The Black Crook is considered a prototype of the modern musical in that its popular songs and dances are interspersed throughout a unifying play and performed by the actors
An olio is a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces used between acts in a burlesque or minstrel show. This was common on showboats in the 19th and early 20th century.
By the 1880s, the four distinguishing characteristics of American burlesque had evolved:
Minimal costuming, often focusing on the female form.
Sexually suggestive dialogue, dance, plotlines and staging.
Quick-witted humor laced with puns, but lacking complexity.
Short routines or sketches with minimal plot cohesion across a show.
I'm trying to picture Truett and Bob. Were they sitting in a bar watching the girls on stage, actually going to a theater where a musical play was performed or was it a strip tease.
Thanks for the question I looked it up on the internet which is what I should have done originally. That’s the great part about reading REH. I start with one word and by the time I unravel a decent definition of that one, I've worked my way through dozens mores. You're right *shining* was all in all, a very interesting word....