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Photograph of Billie Holiday

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Billie Holiday. Holiday is depicted standing behind a microphone stand. She wears a white blouse, belt, and floral skirt. A band is depicted in the background behind her, on the left side of the image. At the center of the image is a handwritten inscription in black ink that reads, [To Laura Wise / Frantic [?] to Me / Lady Day / Billie Holiday]. A second inscription below, written by a different hand, reads, [Chicago Dec / 1943]. The image is bordered with white and along bottom is black text on the left and right sides. The text in the lower left corner reads, [BILLIE HOLIDAY]. The text in the lower right corner reads, [Personal Management / JOE GLASER / R C A Building 30 Rockefeller Plaza / New York N.Y.]. There is a notation in pencil on the back of the photograph.
Photograph by
Unidentified
Distributed by
Joe Glaser, American, 1896 - 1969
Subject of
Billie Holiday, American, 1915 - 1959
Date
December 1943
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 8 11/16 × 7 7/16 in. (22.1 × 18.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 3/16 in. (25.4 × 20.8 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Object number
2013.46.25.80
Topic
African American
Actors
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Theatre
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place collected
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain