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Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Subject of:
Avon Long, American, 1910 - 1984  Search this
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949  Search this
John J. Wildberg, American, 1902 - 1959  Search this
Laura Cathrell, 1915 - 1999  Search this
Belasco Theatre, American, founded 1907  Search this
ink on paper with metal
H x W x D: 8 15/16 × 6 9/16 × 1/16 in. (22.7 × 16.7 × 0.1 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
June 1945
A June 1945 Playbill for the play Memphis Bound!, performed at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. The cover is off-white and features a sepia-toned photograph of two (2) men in elaborate British naval uniform costumes. Avon Long is depicted on the left and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on the right. Brown text underneath the image reads [THE PLAYBILL / REGISTERED IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE / FOR THE BELASCO THEATRE]. The magazine is twenty-four (24) pages with illustrations. Laura Cathrell is listed as one of the [Dancing Girls] on page eleven (11). An advertisement for Chesterfield cigarettes is on the back cover. The magazine is twenty-four (24) pages with black-and-white and sepia photographs and illustrations.
Transcription Center Status:
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African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture