Photograph of a performance with a band, dancers, and singer

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2 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Cathrell, Laura, 1915 - 1999
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 7 11/16 × 9 5/8 in. (19.5 × 24.4 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 1/16 in. (20.7 × 25.5 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date
early 20th-mid 20th century
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a stage performance with a band, dancers, and singer against a large backdrop. The backdrop features several, large caricatured instrumentalists playing brass instruments, stringed instruments, and a woodwind instrument, along a long checkered hallway that has been painted in linear perspective. The band is arranged along the back of the stage, with most members sitting behind individual music stands. Front and center on the stage is a male singer standing at a microphone. He is depicted wearing a light colored suit. Three (3) female dancers, in matching short dress costumes with large bows on their heads, are depicted on each side of the singer. All six (6) of the dancers are posed with their hands held towards the right edge of the image. The dancers’ proper left legs are crossed over their right legs. There are six (6) signatures in blue ink on the front of the image, scattered throughout the lower portion of the image. There are no inscriptions on the back.
Topic
African American
Band (Music)
Dance
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Nightlife
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Theatre
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.4
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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