Program for Cafe Zanzibar

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Printed by
Distributed by
Cafe Zanzibar, American, 1943 - 1948
Subject of
Howard, Joe, American, 1867 - 1961
Marquette, Pee Wee, American, 1914 - 1992
Robinson, Bill "Bojangles", American, 1878 - 1949
The Delta Rhythm Boys, American, 1934 - 1987
Eason, Otto, American
Middleton, Velma, American, 1917 - 1961
Armstrong, Louis, American, 1901 - 1971
Rocco, Maurice, American, 1915 - 1976
Peters Sisters, American
The Zanzibeauts, American, 1943 - 1948
Nicholas Brothers, American
Armstrong, Louis and his Orchestra, American, 1928 - 1947
Claude Hopkins Orchestra, American, 1930 - 1940
ink on paper
H x W x D (Closed): 7 1/4 × 5 1/16 × 1/16 in. (18.4 × 12.8 × 0.1 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 7 1/4 × 10 1/16 (18.4 × 25.6 × 0.1 cm)
souvenir programs
Place used
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1945
A program from the Cafe Zanzibar. The program is designed so that patrons could address it to a friend and have it mailed by the business. The program is a single sheet of paper, folded in half. The front features a white box, bordered by a grayscale leopard-print background. The illustration inside the white box is of a scantily clad woman seated on a rock, wearing a flowing orange skirt and feathered headdress. Above and to the left of the woman is orange script that reads, [Home of the Stars / Program]. Below the white box, is white text against a black background. The background is roughly the shape of a rectangle with uneven edges. The text reads [CAFE ZANZIBAR / BROADWAY AT 49th / NEW YORK]. The interior pages features black text set against an orange-tinted photograph showing a line of showgirls. The top of the program the text reads, [Joe Howard presents The Winter Edition of “ZANZIBARABIAN NIGHTS”]. Below, on the left interior page is the program, which featured Pee Wee Marquette as the host. The floorshow acts included Bill Robinson, Otto Easton, Louis Armstrong, The Nicholas Brothers, Maurice Rocco, Velma Middleton, The Peter Sisters, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and the Zanzibeauts. On the right interior page is the rest of the program and the finale and the two (2) bands scheduled for the dancing portion: Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra and Claude Hopkins and his Orchestra. The staff are listed at the top of the right interior page. The back provides spaces for an address and stamp on the right. Handwritten in pencil on the top line of the address block is [Av]. On the left is a rectangle of a grayscale leopard-print. Inside the rectangle is an illustration of a white tag with black text that reads, [Regards From] above a blank line. Below the tag is a white box with black text that reads, [AFTER / DINING, DANCING / AND SEEING A / WONDERFUL SHOW], and a black box with white text that reads, [AT THE Cafe / ZANZIBAR / BROADWAY AT 49TH ST. / NEW YORK CITY].
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
African American
Jazz (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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