Joseph Oller revolutionized not one but two industries. Yet, he isn't a household name today, possibly because of what those two industries were: betting and burlesque. There's some speculation, though, on whether he was an inspiration for the character Harold Zidler in "Moulin Rouge!"
Or listener mail is from Laurie, who sent us some lovely pictures of a historic dress after the Rose Bertin episode.
Episode link: Bets and Burlesque: Joseph Oller
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- University of Auckland. "Joseph Oller: Inventor of the "Pari Mutuel" System Of Wagering." https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/historydisplays/SecondFloor/Totalisators/ToteHistory/BookSummary.pdf
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