Photographic postcard of Billy Ward and His Dominoes, with autographs

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2 images
Photograph by
Maurice Seymour Studio, American, founded 1929
Distributed by
Associated Booking Corporation, American, founded 1940
Subject of
Billy Ward & His Dominoes, American, 1950s-1960s
Marks, Rose
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in. (14 × 9 cm)
H x W (Image): 4 7/16 × 3 in. (11.3 × 7.6 cm)
Type
portraits
postcards
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Place captured
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1950-1969
Description
A black and white photographic postcard of Billy Ward and His Dominoes with signatures on the back.
The front of the postcard features two images superimposed over each other. In the bottom left corner is a photographic portrait of Billy Ward standing and playing a white grand piano. He is looking up towards the top right corner, where there is a portrait of the four Dominoes. All wear light-colored jackets and dark-colored ties. A small, black and white domino is visible on the proper left chest of the Dominoes' jackets. The two images are presented in two overlapping circles, as if spotlighted, against a black background. In the bottom right corner of the image is the photographer's mark [MAURICE chicago] in white.
Printed beneath the image, black text reads [BILLY WARD / And His Dominoes] on the proper right, [Personal Manager / ROSE A. MARKS] in the center, and [Associated Booking Corporation / Joe Glaser, President / NEW YORK, CHICAGO, HOLLYWOOD] on the proper left side.
The back of the postcard is oriented horizontally with printed grey text [PHOTO POST CARD] across the top and, in smaller grey text, [J. (?) K. COPY ART PHOTOGRAPHERS, N.Y.C.] and a [DEVOLITE PEERLESS] stamp box in the top right. In the center is the autograph [With all my heart / Billy Ward] in blue ink. On either side are two more autographs in graphite, [Musically / Yours / (illegible) / Van] on the left and [MUSICALLY / (illegible) / JONES] on the right. Horizontally along the left edge of the card is written [ SIGNED BY BILLY WARD & OTHERS].
The back of the postcard is horizontal. There is grey text which reads [PHOTO POST CARD] horizontally along the top and [?, ?, ? PHOTOGRAPHERS, N.Y.C. vertically down the center. In the top right corner there is a grey rectangle with the words [DEVOLITE / PEERLESS] printed inside. There are several signatures on the back as well.
Topic
Conductors (Musicians)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.97.38.4
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain

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