Photograph of a female dancer in costume performing on stage

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2 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
Curbelo, José, Cuban American, 1917 - 2012
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 7 15/16 × 9 13/16 in. (20.1 × 24.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 in. (20.7 × 25.4 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date
1942-1959
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a female dancer in costume performing on stage. She is depicted in profile, facing a man who is hanging from the trunk of a partially depicted, fake, palm tree on the left side of the image. She is wearing a satiny bikini lined with sequins, elbow length white gloves, and a long feather plume in her hair. Her arms are raised above her head and her body is pushed up against the man’s proper left leg. The man is depicted with his arms wrapped around the trunk of the palm tree. His knees are raised, his feet are off of the ground, and the proper right side of his face is pressed against the tree trunk. He wears an expression of comical fear on his face. He is wearing a light collared shirt, medium toned tie, dark pants, and dark suspenders. In the mid-ground, on the right side of the image, is a man in a medium toned suit and tie, holding a microphone, and looking towards the dancer and the man hanging from the tree trunk. In the background are four bandstands with seated musicians behind them. The block text on each bandstand reads, [JOSE / CURBELO], with a graphic of a grand piano between the first and last names. An inscription in blue ink, written in the center of the image reads, [To my baby LaurE / All my love / (part of it anyway) / [---?]ni]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Topic
African American
Dance
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Photography
Theatre
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.138
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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