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Unidentified  Search this
Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
Club 845, American, founded 1945  Search this
Subject of:
Laura Cathrell, 1914 - 1999  Search this
Birdie Warfield Edison, American  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Henry LeTang Dancers, American  Search this
Henry LeTang, American, 1915 - 2007  Search this
Edgar Sampson, American, 1907 - 1973  Search this
Edgar Sampson And His Orchestra, American  Search this
Johnny Hudgins, American, 1896 - 1990  Search this
Naomi Price  Search this
Judy Gardener  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 5 1/2 × 4 3/16 in. (14 × 10.7 cm)
advertising cards
Place captured:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
An advertisement card for Club 845's Gala Holiday Revue. The card is printed on white paper with scalloped edges. At the top of the card is the text, [THE HENRY LETANG DANCERS / Laurie, Blanche, Serena, Birdie, Shirley & Selma]. Below is a black-and-white image of The Henry LeTang Dancers at Club 845, posing in matching costumes.
Each of the six (6) women is wearing a large scalloped headpiece, a crop top with winged shoulders, and a long skirt with an embellished waist that opens in front. The women are depicted standing in a semicircle, facing the viewer, with their hands holding the front of their skirts open and with one leg extended forward. Laura Cathrell is the performer depicted on the far left side of the image. Birdie Warfield Edison is third from the right. She is one of the two women in the center that are standing back-to-back and the rest of the women are turned slightly towards the center. A large number of tables are set up behind the women. Each table is covered with a tablecloth and set with two (2) chairs. Below the image is additional text that reads, [CLUB 845 Invites You to Join Us / Every weekend beginning December / 16th when we present -- / OUR GALA HOLIDAY REVUE / Produced by HENRY LETANG-- / --STARRING -- / Johnny Hudgins, .. Pantomine[sic] Commedian[sic] / Judy Gardener, .. Her Song & Accordian[sic] / Naomi Price, .. Mistress of Ceremonies / THE HENRY LETANG DANCERS / Dancing to the Music of / EDGAR SAMPSON & His ORCHESTRA]. The back of the card is blank.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture