Tempo Chorale Society, Sylvan National Theatre Sept. 1st 1936 Washington, D.C. [acetate film photonegative, banquet camera format.]
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 12" x 20"
Banquet camera photographs
Group of three rows, women in the front in dresses and men behind in suits. Posed outside with a podium in front of them. Ink caption and Scurlock signature on negative. Manufacturer's mark on film edge: Defender Safety Base.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
[Trade catalogs on music literature books: piano and violin playing instruction books, piano and violin lesson books, piano methods, studies and exercise books, violin methods and studies books, pre-school and early beginner's music lesson books, printed music, piano solo and four-hand collections, classified piano music for teaching recital, class work and salon, compositions for violin and piano, organists' music, famous songs, popular melodies, secular songs, sacred songs, songs for men, song cycles and collections, children's songs, chorus collections, ideal choruses for choral festivals, contests, singing societies, school and glee clubs, rote song books and singing games; music studio supplies, and musical merchandise and accessories]
Willis Music Company
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI
<2> v. : ill
Music--Instruction and study--Bibliography--Catalogs
Piano--Instruction and study--Bibliography--Catalogs
Piano music--Teaching pieces--Bibliography--Catalogs
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
United States: New York, New York
This beige metal cabinet is Phyllis Diller’s gag file, a categorized archive of the jokes Diller used in her stand-up comedy routines throughout her half-century long career. A small three drawer expansion of the gag file is also in NMAH’s collection (Catalog Number 2003.0289.01.02). The 48 drawers of the gag file, along with the 3 drawer expansion, contain a total of 52,569 3-by-5 inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke or gag. These index cards are organized alphabetically by subject ranging from accessories to world affairs and covering almost everything in between.
Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.