A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a cocktail party that launched Master Records, Inc., held by Irving Mills. The image shows mostly men, with one (1) woman, Helen Oakley, depicted in a floral dress, standing left of center. Duke Ellington and Irving Mills stand in the center of the image. Mills is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a white shirt, and medium toned tie. Ellington is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a light toned, striped collared shirt, and medium toned, patterned tie. Standing to right of Mills is Cab Calloway. He is depicted smiling and looking down toward the bottom left corner of the image. He is wearing a matching three-piece suit, woven in a black-and-white chevron pattern. On the wall above the attendees heads, are the initials for the American Record Company, [ARC], in stylized text within a circle. There is an inscription on the back of the photograph, written in pencil, that reads, [Irving Mills' Cocktail Party / which launched the now / Master Records Studios / L to R: Chick Webb (lower left); / Helen Oakley, Ad De Haas (closed / eyes); FRONT: Duke Ellington, / Irving Mills, Mr. .??, and / Cab Calloway]. A second inscription on the back in pencil identifies the photographer, [PHOTO: AL BRACKMAN]. There are also additional blue and red pencil notations written on the back of the photograph.
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Charles Linton. Linton is featured center, in three quarters profile, in bust pose. He wears a black tuxedo jacket, white shirt, and white bow tie. On the right side of the image is a vertical, dark swath in the background. The image is bordered with white and along bottom is black text on the left and right sides. The text in the lower left corner reads, [CHARLES LINTON / Vocalist with / CHICK WEBB and His N B C Orchestra]. The text in the lower right corner reads, [Tour Direction / WARREN P. MILLER / Suite 802 R.K.O.Building / Radio City, N.Y.]. There are also several inscriptions in pencil on the back of the photograph.