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Photograph by:
James Kollar  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): 9 3/16 × 7 1/4 in. (23.3 × 18.4 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 1/16 in. (25.4 × 20.5 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place made:
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 is centrally depicted, standing on a white platform with her arms slightly raised at her sides. She is wearing a feathered bikini top, feathered wristlets, and a feathered skirt that leaves her legs and bikini bottoms exposed at the front. The men are posed around her. Each is holding a conga drum with a diamond pattern decoration. Each man wears a shirt with a laced-up front and puffy sleeves, pants, and sandals. Two of the men are posed on the left side of the image, and one of the right. White text printed in the negative in the bottom right corner reads [JAMES KOLLÁR / RADIO CITY, 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
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