Composite photograph of three men and a woman dressed in theatrical costumes

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4 images
Photograph by
Kollar, James
Subject of
Cathrell, Laura, 1915 - 1999
Unidentified Man or Men
Medium
2013.46.25.118.1: silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
2013.46.25.118.2: silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (2013.46.25.118.1 Image): 7 7/16 × 9 9/16 in. (18.9 × 24.3 cm)
H x W (2013.46.25.118.1 Sheet): 8 × 9 15/16 in. (20.3 × 25.3 cm)
H x W (2013.46.25.118.2 Image): 7 9/16 × 9 5/8 in. (19.2 × 24.4 cm)
H x W (2013.46.25.118.2 Sheet): 8 1/16 × 10 1/4 in. (20.4 × 26 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
early 20th-mid 20th century
Description
Two identical silver gelatin prints depicting a black-and-white composite image of three (3) unidentified men and Laura Cathrell dressed in theatrical costumes. Cathrell stands left of center, in profile, with her torso turned towards the men on the right side of the image. She is wearing a dark toned, cropped, short sleeve blouse, a stripped skirt with ruffles along the hem, and a tall hat with a large feather plume extending from the top of the hat. She is depicted looking down towards the man on the far left. He is wearing an open shirt, laced, with large dark and light bands on the sleeves, white pants, sandals, and a brimmed straw hat decorated with diagonal stripes on the edge of the brim. He is kneeling with a conga drum held on his upper thighs. His hands are poised above the drumhead, which faces to the left edge of the image. The drum is decorated with geometric bands. On the right side of Cathrell are two (2) additional men standing, both looking towards her. Both wear outfits similar to the man kneeling. The man on the left is holding maracas in both hands and is facing Cathrell. The man on the far right stands with his back to the other performers and his torso turned to the right edge of the image. Partially cut off white text, printed in the negative, in the bottom right corner reads, [JAMES KOLL[ÁR / RADIO CITY, N.Y.]]. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the image.
Topic
African American
Entertainers
Music
Nightlife
Photography
Stereotypes
Theatre
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.118.1-.2
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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