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Scrapbook compiled by Louise Alexander Gunn

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Created by
Gunn, Louise Alexander, American
Subject of
Snow, Valada, American, 1904 - 1956
Guinan, Texas, American, 1884 - 1933
Davis, Wealthy, American
Medium
newsprint, ink on photographic paper, cardboard, metal
Dimensions
12 x 8 1/2 x 1 in. (30.5 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm)
Type
scrapbooks
Place depicted
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1920s - 1950s
Description
Scrapbook loosely bound and held together by tape with a small color postcard of a young girl wearing a pink ruffled dress and holding two sunflowers with the words "I is just your little blackbird" adhered to the front. The scrapbook created by Louise Jackson Gunn contains newspaper clippings, small black-and-white photographs and other ephemera. The scrapbook primarily documents the career and social life of Gunn, a beauty queen, fashion model, actress and chorus girl. Gunn was active in multiple community organizations, women's clubs, and church groups. Many photographs document her family life, including her son "Billy" (actor and playwright Bill Gunn). Also included are photographs and clippings about fellow vaudeville performers, including Valaida Snow, Texas Guinan, and Wealthy Davis.
Topic
African American
Actors
Amusements
Associations and institutions
Beauty culture
Communities
Entertainers
Families
Fashion
Motherhood
Religious groups
Theatre
United States--Social life and customs
Vaudeville
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.46.65.2
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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