Photograph of the Jeter and Pillars Band

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2 images
Photograph by
P. R. Papin Photo Company, American
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, American, founded 1933
Eight Plantation Dollies, American
Missouri Theatre, American, 1957
National Recovery Administration, American, 1933 - 1935
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 7 5/16 × 9 1/4 in. (18.5 × 23.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 7 11/16 × 9 3/4 in. (19.6 × 24.7 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place depicted
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date
February 1, 1935
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of the Jeter and Pillars Band performing on stage with Joe and Daisy with the Eight Plantation Dollies. A man and woman stand hand-in-hand at the front center of the stage. She is wearing a white, full length evening gown and he, a light colored tuxedo. Eight (8) showgirls in matching light colored outfits fan around them, four (4) on each side. Each showgirl is wearing a hat or a head wrap, a ruffled neck crop top, and flowing tiered skirt held out to the sides. The band is behind them on a raised platform, holding various instruments. The stage set features a repeated circular motif and fountain centered at the back. Photo is inscribed ink white ink at the top left and across the bottom. Text at the top left corner reads [JETER AND PILLARS / BAND / CLEVELAND OHIO]. Across the bottom, a name is written under each of the eight (8) showgirls: [VELMA], [CHICKIE], [VIRGINIA], [BERTHA], [MARGARET], [VIVIAN], [FLOSSIE], and [HELEN]. Written under the man and woman depicted center stage is [JOE AND DAISY / WITH THE EIGHT / PLANTATION DOLLIES / MISSOURI THEATRE / ST. LOUIS MO. 2/1/35]. An inscription written over the two showgirls depicted on the right edge of the image reads, [For [---?] / Laura / Helen]. The photographer’s stamp is on the back of the image. It features a graphic of an eagle clutching a gear in one set of talons and holding lightning bolts in the other and the text [NRA / MEMBER / WE DO OUR PART / P. R. PAPIN PHOTO CO. / ST. LOUIS].
Topic
African American
Band (Music)
Dance
Entertainers
Jazz (Music)
Musical Theatre
Nightlife
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.26
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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