Wooden clapper from the Cotton Club promoting Ethel Waters

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Subject of
Waters, Ethel, American, 1896 - 1977
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
Medium
ink on wood with metal
Dimensions
H x W: 2 × 8 1/2 × 7/8 in. (5.1 × 21.6 × 2.2 cm)
Type
noisemakers
Place used
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1933
Description
This is a wood clapper instrument with black etched type on front and back. Consisting of three pieces of wood, two small rectangles are attached via thin metal strips to the large paddle-shaped base, one on each side. There is black type on both small wooden rectangles. The type on one side of the clapper reads, "The Cotton Club/ Aristocrat of Harlem/ Lenox Ave. & 142nd St. / Phone Bradhurst 2-7767-1687." On reverse side type reads, "Hear/ Ethel Waters/ Sing/ Stormy Weather/ Geo. Dewey Washington." There is a decorative border in black ink around both rectangles. There is text on the reverse side at one end of the rectangle that reads "National Bo [illegible] Co. / [illegible] west 64th [illegible]."
Topic
African American
Actors
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Popular music
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, gift of Dwandalyn R. Reece in memory of Pauline Watkins Reece
Object number
2015.45.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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