Billie Holiday seated at a table in Club Bali with Benny Caldwell, Ada Deans Chapman, and Melvin Smith. There are drinks on the table and a large fan is mounted on a decorated wall behind them. To the right of the man a woman is standing holding a flashgun. "2-1E" is visible in the top left hand corner. No ink on negative. Further ink on envelope: "Guest: Ada Deans Chapman & Melvin Smith". "ANSCO SAFETY FILM" edge imprint. No Scurlock number.
Biographical / Historical:
Club Bali was situated at 1901 14th Street, N.W. Billie Holiday played the venue in 1948 or 1949. This image may date from that session.
Scan is much too dark.
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Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
The collection was acquired with assistance from the Eugene Meyer Foundation. Elihu and Susan Rose and the Save America's Treasures program, provided funds to stabilize, organize, store, and create digital surrogates of some of the negatives. Processing and encoding funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.