Photograph by
Subject of
Toomer, Fred Armon, American, 1889 - 1961
Herndon, Alonzo Franklin, American, 1858 - 1927
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Atlanta Life Insurance Company, American, founded 1905
Butler Street YMCA, American, founded 1894
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 8 3/16 × 9 15/16 in. (20.8 × 25.3 cm)
H x W (Image): 7 11/16 × 9 7/16 in. (19.5 × 24 cm)
A black and white photograph of a Fred Toomer speaking at an Atlanta Life Insurance Company reception at the Butler Street YMCA gymnasium. He is standing in the far right of the photograph, under a basketball net, wearing a light colored suit, a dark tie, and a white collared shirt. He is holding a white piece of paper in his hand. The speaker is standing behind a long table seated with nine men and women. The table is covered with coffee cups and dessert dishes. Behind the diners is an American flag swag under a basketball net. Overlaying the bottom of the swag is a poster portrait of the founder of Atlanta Life, Alonzo Herndon in three quarters profile. To the left of the portrait is a poster that reads, [ATLANTA / LIFE / NUMBER / 1/ IN ’51], and a poster to the right of the portraits that reads, [CAN YOU IN ’52 / SAY WE WON / IN ’51], with a large pointing fist and a question mark in the center of the poster. To the left of the poster is an elongated Georgia state flag with a circle of stars surrounding a larger star in the canton. To the right of the posters is a partial view of a similar flag. A handwritten note in blue ink on the back identifies the subjects, event and date.
Place depicted
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
American South
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Margaret Falkener DeLorme, Waldo C. Falkener, Cameron S. Falkener and Gilbert E. DeLorme
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Restrictions & Rights
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