[Elder Michaux with Gene Autry and Eleanor Roosevelt : acetate film photonegative, 1945-1955.]
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Michaux, Solomon Lightfoot Elder
Autry, Gene 1907-1998
Roosevelt, Eleanor 1884-1962
Melody Ranch (radio program)
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 4" x 5"
Autry and Michaux stand at microphones, apparently reading program script, with Michaux's robed choir behind them, while Eleanor Roosevelt sits nearby; members of band in foreground. According to Chris Smith, co-author of the 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." Negative uncaptioned. Agfa Safety Film edge imprint.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History