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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 from the shoulders up, right of center. She is wearing a black sequined garment, long pearl necklace, and large white feathers in her hair, tucked behind her proper left ear. She is looking towards the left side of the image with a serious expression. In the lower left quadrant of the image is a handwritten inscription in blue ink that reads, [To Laura / From / Mr and Lady Day]. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located in the bottom left corner reads, [Robin Carson]. 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, [ASSOCIATED BOOKING CORP. / JOE GLASER, President / Squibb B'ldg 745 - 5th Ave. N.Y. Beverly Hills, Cal.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Photograph by
Robin Carson, American
Distributed by
Associated Booking Corporation, American, founded 1940
Subject of
Billie Holiday, American, 1915 - 1959
Joe Glaser, American, 1896 - 1969
Date
ca. 1940
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 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (22.3 × 19 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 1/8 in. (25.4 × 20.6 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
2013.46.25.90
Topic
African American
Actors
Jazz (Music)
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain