Photograph of the Ensemble of Harlem Uproar House

Photograph by
Subject of
Cathrell, Laura, 1914 - 1999
Unidentified Woman or Women
Harlem Uproar House, American
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 3/8 × 9 5/16 in. (18.7 × 23.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 7 15/16 × 9 7/8 in. (20.2 × 25.1 cm)
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a group of eleven (11) women wearing matching costumes and posing on stage. Each woman is wearing a large bow on her head, cropped tops with puffed sleeves, and ruffled skirts that open at the front. One (1) woman is seated on a two-tiered platform at the center of the image. Two (2) women stand behind her, while the remaining women stand on either side of the platform, four (4) on each side. Each woman is holding her skirt out to the side and smiling. Inscribed within the white border at the top, in blue ink, is the text, [To Laurie.. May the sky be your limit, Iris]. Handwritten in black ink over the curtain at the top right of the image is text that reads, [The Ladies of the “Ensemble" / Harlem Uproar House / Season "37" / N.Y.C.] The name [Lauri] is written across the chest of one of the women. The remainder of the inscriptions are written across the bottom of the page and are written in blue ink by different hands: [To Lauri / Cappie / “Dee[?]” / To Laurie - I met / you in a / uproar (solid) / Jeanne / Martine / To Lauri / From Thelma / To Lauri / Always rembir[?] the / "Uproar House" / C[---?]th[---?] / To Lauri my [---?] / Friend (Bah) Cappie / “Bu” / To Lauri / From "Pidgie" / (Vivian Garnett) / "Ethyl Love" / To "Laurie" From Eva / To Homey / from Lula / Doris Dawson / To My Lauri / remember that / fun blue crock / (smiles) / Sincerely / Nonie]. There is an inscription in pencil on the back.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place captured
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
Jazz (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
2 image(s)