Gladys Bentley: America's Greatest Sepia Player -- The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs

Photograph by
Unidentified
Printed by
Unidentified
Distributed by
Harry Walker Agency, American, founded 1946
Subject of
Bentley, Gladys, American, 1907 - 1960
Date
1946 - 1949
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper, with ink on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (13.3 x 8.6 cm)
Description
Black and white photographic postcard of the singer and musician Gladys Bentley dressed in a men's white tuxedo and white top hat, holding a cane at her side tucked under her arm. The phrase: "America's Greatest Sepia Player" is printed down the left side of the postcard and the phrase: "The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs" is printed down the right side of the postcard.
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Movement
Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
photographic postcards
Topic
Blues (Music)
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.57.25.1
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5b0abe01f-8fb7-49a6-b499-8099d4b7408b
2 image(s)