Photograph by
Subject of
Col. Holmes, Thomas W. Esq., American, ca. 1882 - 1973
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 man speaking at an Atlanta Life Insurance Company reception at the Butler Street YMCA gymnasium. He is standing under a basketball net, wearing a dark colored suit, a dark tie, and a white collared shirt. The speaker is standing behind a long table seated with sixteen men and women. Seated at the speaker’s table is Thomas W. Holmes, Esq. He is to the proper left of the woman wearing a large hat. The table is covered with coffee cups and dessert dishes. Behind the diners is an American flag swag under the 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 and right of the posters are two elongated Georgia state flags with a circle of stars surrounding a larger star in the canton. A handwritten note on the back in blue ink identifies the subjects, location 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
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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