These Ziegfeld Follies photos will transport you back to a time when sex was a touch more glamorous than it is today.
A performance called "spider dance."Pinterest
Helen Lee WorthingPinterest
The Fairbanks Twins, Madeline and Marion Fairbanks.Pinterest
The New Amsterdam Theater, which opened in 1903 and hosted the Ziegfeld Follies from 1913 to 1927. Pinterest
Anna Held, Franz Ziegfeld's common-law-wife and star performer. Pinterest
Mary Nolan, who went by the stage name Imogen "Bubbles" Wilson. Pinterest
Caryl Bergman, striking a pose. Ziegfeld himself declared that Bergman "had the most beautiful eyes in America."Twitter
Catherine La RosePinterest
Adrienne Ames, Ziegfeld girl, 1929. Ames made 30 films in the 1930s, and after that hosted a successful radio program until 1947 — the year she died from cancer. Flickr
Alice Wilkie performed in the Follies from 1924 to 1926.Flickr
Ziegfeld star Anna Lee Petersen.Flickr
Barbara Stanwyck, 1924. This future actress was a Ziegfeld girl between 1922 and 1926, and by 1944, the versatile performer was the highest paid woman in the U.S. Wikimedia Commons
Besides the Follies, Caryl Bergman also performed in four other Broadway shows from 1928 to 1932. Wikimedia Commons
Ziegfeld Follies girls rehearsing during a hot day in New York. Pinterest
Claudia Dell, 1928. Dell was rumored to have been the model for the Columbia Pictures logo.Flickr
Delores Costello, Drew Barrymore's grandmother and "goddess of the silent screen", 1923.Flickr
Gloria Swanson, producer and actress best known for her role in "Sunset Boulevard."Flickr
Hazel Forbes, Miss Long Island and Miss United States, 1926. Forbes was also a millionaire: She inherited close to $3 million from her husband Paul O. Richmond after his death. Flickr
Helen Hayes (Brown), 1927. She was one of only 12 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Flickr
An unknown Ziegfeld model. Flickr
Helen Lee Worthing was also an actress in the 1920s, performing in "The Count of Luxembourg," "The Other Woman's Story," and "Watch Your Wife." Library of Congress
Susan Fleming, 1930s. Fleming went on to be the actress known as the "Girl with the Million Dollar Legs," though that title can’t be verified in this portrait. Flickr
Virginia Biddle, 1927. She was a showgirl and Folly performer until 1931, when she sustained burns on her feet and ankles in a yacht explosion. Wikimedia Commons
Jean Ackerman, above, was once called the "World's Most Beautiful Brunette."Flickr
Kathleen Rose (known simply as Delores, not to be confused with Delores Costello) joined the Ziegfeld girls in 1917.Flickr
Kay English performed for the Ziegfeld Theatre between 1927 and 1931. Flickr
A poster advertising the Ziegfeld Follies film "Glorifying the American Girl", circa 1929. Pinterest
Louise Brooks, the iconic actress who popularized the bob haircut and was the epitome of "flapper" style. Flickr
Mary Pickford, who was also the co-founder of United Artists studios and one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Library of Congress
Unknown model posing with doll.Flickr
Murial Finlay made her debut on stage at the age of twelve, appearing in a play she wrote herself. Wikimedia Commons
Doris Eaton Travis, the last living performer from the Ziegfeld Follies. Pinterest
When producer Florenz Ziegfeld put together a small group of showgirls for a lighthearted summer show in 1907, nobody could have imagined the giant Broadway hit and lavish revue it would become. Yet the Ziegfeld Follies ran until 1931 — and would jumpstart the careers of several successful future Hollywood actresses.
For those of us who missed the Follies in their heyday, there's always Alfred Cheney Johnston's iconic, wildly popular Ziegfeld follies photos.
Though there were a startling number of performers in rotation over the years, Johnson's stunning portraits of the Follies' resident vixens capture the epitome of desirability — and in the 1920s, this meant something a little different than it does today.
Take a peek inside Broadway's salacious past with our gallery above.
Now that you've witnessed the Ziegfeld Follies, take a glimpse into what New York City looked like before it was New York, and take a peek at vintage Times Square at the height of its depravity.