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

  • Image for Gladys Bentley: America's Greatest Sepia Player -- The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs
  • Image for Gladys Bentley: America's Greatest Sepia Player -- The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs
2 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Printed by
Unidentified
Distributed by
Harry Walker Agency, American, founded 1946
Subject of
Bentley, Gladys, American, 1907 - 1960
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)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
photographic postcards
Date
1946 - 1949
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.
Topic
African American
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
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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