Billie Holiday at a dinner party under a "Lady Day" sign

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2 images
Photograph by
Jackson, Steve Jr., 1923 - 1999
Subject of
Jimbo's Bop City, American, 1950 - 1965
Holiday, Billie, American, 1915 - 1959
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 7 1/2 × 9 7/16 in. (19 × 24 cm)
H x W (sheet): 7 15/16 × 9 15/16 in. (20.2 × 25.3 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Fillmore, San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1952
Description
This black and white photograph depicts Billie Holiday seated behind a table with a large group of people. Above her head on the wall is a large white sign with text that reads Lady Day." Wearing a light colored formal dress with spaghetti straps, a large bow in her hair, and a choker necklace, Billie Holiday leans forward and slightly to her right. Her gaze is directed towards her right. Seated to her left is a man in a gray suit and bowtie, leaning to his left towards a man standing at the end of the table, also in a gray suit. On Billie Holiday's right is a woman in a black dress. A man and woman sit beyond her. Three people, two women and a man, sit across the table from Billie Holiday, with their backs to the viewer. A man in a light colored suit and dark tie is visible in the bottom left foreground.
Topic
African American
Bebop (Music)
Entertainers
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Mary E. Jackson, Posthumously and Linda A. Jackson
Object number
2016.117.5
Restrictions & Rights
© Linda A. Jackson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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