Elder Michaux with Gene Autry [acetate film photonegative, 1940]
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Autry, Gene 1907-1998
Michaux, Solomon Lightfoot Elder
Melody Ranch (radio program)
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 4" x 5"
Agfa Safety Film edge imprint. No caption on negative.
Autry and Michaux appear to be signing autographs. According to Chris Smith, co-author of the forthcoming revision of "Blues and Gospel Recordings, 1890-1943," the event is the Melody Ranch Radio Program of January 28,1940, summarizing the program as follows: "Melody Ranch Radio Program - Gene Autry from Washington, DC - Songs and Melody of America. Thank you from ER to Gene and other artists for the campaign to stamp out Infantile Paralysis. Discusses Fort Meyer Horse Show, President's birthday balls on 30th, ER's favorite horse-Dot retired to country, usually rode Tiffany in Washington, mentions son John's horse Palomine. Elder Michaux, Pastor, Church of God, Washington D.C. and his Choir sing Negro Spirituals. From the hills of the Great South West, singer Pappy Chesshire. From New England the "Ambassador of Good Will", singer Billy B. Van. From Washington D.C. the Barber Shop Quartette, Washington Chapter #9 of the Society of the Preservation of the Barber Shop Quartet. From Chicago, Orin Tucker, band leader, and singer Virginia Verel. Washington DC."
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History