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Astor Pictures, American, 1930 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Dorothy Dandridge, American, 1922 - 1965  Search this
Count Basie, American, 1904 - 1984  Search this
The Mills Brothers, American, 1928 - 1982  Search this
Mantan Moreland, American, 1902 - 1973  Search this
Francine Everett, American, 1915 - 1999  Search this
Vanita Smythe, American, 1925 - 1994  Search this
Ruby Hill, American, born 1922  Search this
Pat Flowers, American, 1917 - 2000  Search this
Day, Dawn, and Dusk, American, 1940 - 1960  Search this
The Jubalaires, American, c. 1940-1950  Search this
Mable Lee, American, 1921 - 2019  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W (Image): 36 5/8 × 20 7/8 in. (93 × 53 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 41 1/4 × 26 15/16 in. (104.7 × 68.5 cm)
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Released in 1947, Ebony Parade was a series of short sketches and numbers originally distributed as musical shorts by the Soundies Distributing Corporation of America.
A large poster for the film Ebony Parade with a blue background and an off-white border. Across the blue background are red musical notes and stars outlined in white. At the top center in red lettering is [20 Great Stars]. Printed in the center in small black type is [Astor Pictures presents] followed by [EBONY PARADE] in large yellow letters over a red background. Surrounding the title are color photographic portraits of the stars of the film. At the top left are the faces of Mantan Moreland, Dorothy Dandridge and Ruby Hill, followed by a full portrait of a seated Mabel Lee and in the bottom left corner is an image of the Mills Brothers gathered around two microphones. On the right side are the faces of Cab Calloway, Vanita Smythe, Francine Everett, and Count Basie. At the bottom right is a yellow box bordered in black with red text that reads [featuring / Cab Calloway * Count Basie / His Band His Band / Mills. Bros. * Vanita Smythe / Mantan Moreland * Mable Lee/ Ruby Hill * Francine Everett / Dorothy Dandridge * Pat Flowers / and / Day, Dawn, and Dusk * Jubilaries]. At the bottom left, in small white text on a red background is [RELEASED THRU ASTOR PICTURES CORP.]. On the back of the poster are two stamps in purple that say [Screen Classics, Inc. / 1632 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 10, Ohio].
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Conductors (Musicians)  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical films  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Race films  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  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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