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Photograph by:
James Kollar  Search this
Distributed by:
Moss Photo Service, Inc., American  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 7/16 × 8 5/16 in. (18.9 × 21.1 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 in. (20.7 × 25.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
early 20th-mid 20th century
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of three (3) men and a woman dressed in theatrical costumes. The woman stands left of center on a white platform with one (1) of the men. She is wearing an embellished, corset dress overlaid with a skirt that is short in front and drapes in the back, detached sleeves, a small hat with large feathers, and a small parasol. She is depicted looking towards the left edge of the image while holding her parasol above her with her proper right hand. Standing right of center on the platform, is a man wearing an open shirt, laced, with large dark and light bands on the sleeves, white pants, and sandals. He is wearing a brimmed straw hat decorated with diagonal stripes on the edge of the brim. He is depicted looking at the woman, wagging a finger at her. On either side of the standing performers, in the lower quadrants of the image, are two (2) additional men, both looking up at the woman. The man depicted on the lower left side of the image wears an outfit similar to the man standing on the platform. He crouches on the floor, with a large conga drum resting on his proper left thigh. The man in the lower right side of the image wears a white shirt, open and laced with pale bands of color, and white pants, and sandals. In each hand he holds a maraca. White text printed in the negative in the bottom right corner reads, [JAMES KOLLÁR / RADIO CITY, N.Y.]. Along the lower portion of the image is an inscription in blue ink that reads, [To "The Princess" / You're really regal and wonderful / Grand people - Success and / nothing but the best of / every thing to you / Toada]. The image is framed by a white border with black text printed in the bottom right corner that reads: [MOSS PHOTO, N.Y.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Music  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Theatre  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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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture