Loose pages from a magazine about the Cotton Club

Image for Loose pages from a magazine about the Cotton Club
Written by
Unidentified
Published by
Unidentified
Photograph by
Kriegsmann, James J., 1909 - 1994
Subject of
Stark, Herman, American, 1895 - 1981
Robinson, Bill "Bojangles", American, 1878 - 1949
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
Sobol, Louis
New York Journal, American, 1895 - 1966
Medium
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270a: Closed): 12 × 9 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 22.8 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270a: Open): 12 × 17 15/16 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 45.6 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270b): 11 15/16 × 9 × 1/16 in. (30.4 × 22.8 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270c): 12 × 8 15/16 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 22.7 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270d): 12 × 8 15/16 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 22.7 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270e: Closed): 12 × 9 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 22.8 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (2013.46.25.270e: Open): 12 × 18 × 1/16 in. (30.5 × 45.7 × 0.1 cm)
Type
portraits
magazines (periodicals)
Place captured
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1936
Description
Loose, unnumbered, pages from a magazine featuring photographs of Cotton Club performers and musicians, as well as reviews, and two (2) articles also about the Cotton Club.
2013.46.25.270a: Four (4) loose, unnumbered, magazine pages. A full length black-and-white photograph of Cab Calloway is depicted on the front page. He is standing in a spotlight, wearing a white tuxedo with tails. His arms are raised and he is holding a conductor’s baton in his proper right hand. He is looking up towards the top of the image and smiling with his mouth open. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]]. The interior left page features three (3) black-and-white images laid out diagonally from the top left corner to the top to the bottom right corner. The top left image is of a woman in a white blouse, resting her chin on her arms in front of her. She is looking up towards the top right corner of the image. The center image is of four (4) men and a woman in costume. The men are wearing loin clothes, necklaces, and face and body paint. The woman is centrally depicted standing between two (2) drums. There are two (2) men on either side of her. She is wearing a cloth around her waist, and a fringed, armless top, and cloth wrapped around her ankles. Two (2) of the men are depicted squatting on the far left and far right. The two (2) men standing on either side of the woman are leaning towards her and are making a clapping motion with their hands. The woman is standing with her proper left leg forward, her torso tilted towards the left edge of the image, her proper left arm held out in front of her, and her proper right arm slightly raised above her shoulder. There is a large graphic of a double lined circle connecting the top and bottom photographs, with three lines black-and-white image extending from the circle to the top right and the bottom left edges. The bottom image is of a woman depicted seated. Her body is turned towards the left edge of the image and her head is turned towards the right edge of the image. She is smiling and she is resting her proper right arm on her knees and there is a cigarette between her fingers. Her proper left hand is resting on her proper left hip and her elbow is out. She is wearing a dark, sleeveless dress with a satiny skirt. Her hair is parted down the middle and tightly pulled back. There are braided buns behind each of her ears. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located in the bottom right corner reads, [James J. Krieg[smann?]]. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]]. On the third page are reviews of the Cotton Club under two sections titled, [The Press Reports] and [And Notables Confirm]. The fourth page features four (4) black-and-white images of female performers. The images are connected by a double line circle. The top image is of a woman, 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. The image printed center left is of two female performers in matching costumes. They are standing in identical poses, facing the right edge of the image, with their proper right legs forward, and proper left knees slightly bent. They are leaning slight forward with their hands clasped to their chests and looking toward the left edge of the image. They are wearing short ruffled skirts with large bows on the proper left side, ruffled cropped tops, half hats, and gloves on their proper right hands. The image printed center right is of a woman seated on a white pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the right edge of the image and her head turned towards the left. Her proper right leg is crossed over her proper left leg. She is wearing a short, pleated metallic skirt and a round, metal headdress with feathers. She is nude from the waist up and is holding her hands over her breasts. The bottom image depicts a nude woman kneeling in profile. Her body is facing the left edge of the image and her head is turned towards the viewer. She is looking down and holding a bouquet of flowers held at her chest. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]].
2013.46.25.270b: Two (2) loose, unnumbered, magazine pages. The front features four (4) black-and-white images of female performers. The images are connected by a double line circle. The top image is of a woman, depicted nude. She is holding a sheer piece of dark fabric in front of her. She is facing the viewer and looking towards the right edge of the image. The image printed center left is of a woman seated on a white, fluted pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the left edge of the image and her head turned towards the right. Her proper left leg is crossed over her proper right leg. She is wearing a short ruffled skirt with large bows on the proper left side, a ruffled cropped top, and a half hat. She is smiling and resting her proper right hand on her knee. Her proper left hand is resting on her proper left hip and her elbow is out. The image printed center right is of a woman. She is depicted in full length, wearing a costume dress with a short skirt and a ruffled train that reaches the floor. Her sleeves are puffy and embellished with large polka dots. She has a large white collar and a chef’s hat. The bottom image depicts two (2) female performers in matching costumes. They are standing in identical poses with their bodies turned towards the left edge of the image and their heads towards the viewer, their proper left knees slightly bent, and their proper left hands resting on their proper left hips. They are wearing short ruffled skirts with large bows on the proper left side, and ruffled cropped tops. On the back is a large black-and-white image of a male and female performer in a dance pose on stage in a spotlight. The man is facing the left edge of the image. He is holding the woman as she dips backward. Her proper right leg is raised and resting on the man’s proper left hip. Her hands are resting on his shoulders. The man’s chest is bare and he is wearing a tiger print bottoms with a tail. The woman is wearing a light toned bikini embellished with metallic cords.
2013.46.25.270c: Two (2) loose, unnumbered, magazine pages. The front page features two (2) black-and-white images of female performers. The images are connected by a double line circle. The top image is of a woman, depicted nude. She is kneeling with a swath of fabric draped over her lap and is holding her hands over her breasts. Her eyes are closed and her head is turned towards the right edge of the image. The image on the bottom is of a female performer in costume. She is depicted standing on a small, raised platform. Her elbows are bent, her hands raised with her palms facing out towards the viewer. She is standing with her proper right leg crossed over her proper left leg, and with her head and torso are leaning towards the left edge of the image. She is wearing a dress costume with a skirt that is short in front and long in the back. The deep neckline and shoulders of the costume are embellished with white flowers. She is wearing a small cap also embellished with white flowers, and white hand gloves. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, in the bottom right corner reads, [James [J. Kriegsmann / N.Y.?]]. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]]. On the back is the first half of an article titled, [Harlem Goes Broadway - Broadway Goes Harlem].
2013.46.25.270d: Two (2) loose, unnumbered, magazine pages. The front page features the second half of an article titled, [Harlem Goes Broadway - Broadway Goes Harlem]. The back features a black-and-white image of a woman seated on a white, fluted pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the left edge of the image and her head turned towards the viewer. Her proper left leg is crossed over her proper right leg and her proper left hand is resting on her proper left hip. She is wearing a costume with a bodice embellished with black sequins in a square pattern, a short ruffled skirt, a feathered half cape, a large hat with feathers, and thigh-high stockings. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]].
2013.46.25.270e: Four (4) loose, unnumbered, magazine pages held together with two (2) staples. The front page features two (2) black-and-white images of female performers. The images are connected by a double line circle. The top photograph is of a woman depicted from the chest up. Her shoulders are bare and she is holding a garment over her breasts with her proper right arm. She is turned slightly toward the left edge of the image and she is facing the viewer. She is looking towards the top right corner of the image and smiling. The bottom image is of a woman seated on a white, fluted pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the left edge of the image and her head turned towards the viewer. Her proper left leg is crossed over her proper right leg and her proper left hand is resting on her proper left hip. She is nude and is holding a large, flowered hat with silk ribbons in front of her chest. The second page features five (5) black-and-white images of female performers. The images are connected by a double line circle. The top image depicts a man in a white tuxedo and top hat, flanked on either side of him by two women in identical black costumes. On the bottom on the far left is an image of a woman seated on a white, fluted pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the left edge of the image and her head turned towards the viewer. Her proper left leg is crossed over her proper right leg. She is nude and is holding a swath of fabric over her chest with both hands. The bottom center image is of a woman standing next to a white, fluted pedestal. She is depicted with her body facing the viewer with her proper left hand on the pedestal and her proper right hand on her waist. She is wearing a costume with a metallic bikini top with a cape, a matching skirt, and a headdress. The image on the bottom right of a woman depicted in a bikini costume. Her head is turned towards the right edge of the image, her proper left hand resting on her proper left thigh, and her proper right hand resting under her chin. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]]. On the third page is a black-and-white photograph of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Robinson is depicted in a black tuxedo and top hat, standing on a three-step pedestal, on stage, in a spotlight. He is turned towards the right edge of the image with his proper left arm raised and a cane in his proper right hand. His proper left is raised. Below the image is a caption that reads, [Bill Robinson]. In the bottom right corner is the photographer’s credit that reads, [Portrait by James J. Kriegsman[sic]]. The forth page features an article titled [The Voice of Broadway – by Louis Sobol].
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Topic
African American
Actors
Dance
Entertainers
Jazz (Music)
Mass media
Nightlife
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.270a-e
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
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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