Photograph by
Kriegsmann, James J., 1909 - 1994
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
early 20th-mid 20th century
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 7/16 × 7 1/2 in. (23.9 × 19 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 1/16 in. (25.4 × 20.4 cm)
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a woman. The woman is depicted from the knees up. She is standing in deep shadow against a black background. She is depicted, facing the viewer, with her head slightly turned and looking towards the bottom right corner of the image. She is nude and is holding a bouquet of flowers to her chest. A piece of fabric is piled on the floor in the lower left corner of the image. An inscription in white ink, written in the top left corner of the image reads, [To Sally / keep on going up / Your friend / Birtie]. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located in the bottom right corner reads, [James J. Kriegsmann / N.Y.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible

Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at

Share this page