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 black and white photograph of Cab Calloway conducting a band including Milton Hinton and Leon "Chu" Berry, at the Hill City Auditorium in the Savoy Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Calloway stands to the right of the photograph in front of the band and a music stand. He faces the band, who are in the left of the photograph. Most of the band members are seated, but Berry stands with his mouth to his saxophone, facing Calloway. An unidentified man is partially visible in the left foreground of the photograph. In the right background, behind Calloway, people are seated. The back of the photograph has six stickers with barcode, numbers, reproduction information, caption information and a handwritten inscription of numbers.