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Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Laura Cathrell, 1914 - 1999  Search this
Birdie Warfield Edison, American  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Café St-Michel, Canadian  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 11/16 × 9 5/8 in. (19.5 × 24.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/16 × 10 in. (20.5 × 25.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, North and Central America
early 20th-mid 20th century
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of five (5) performing showgirls. Each is depicted in a slightly different dance pose, caught mid-routine. The women are wearing identical costumes with short, medium-toned skirts and white bodices with beaded embellishments that decorate the front of the bodice. They each wear halo-style headdresses with sweetheart shaped front brims, decorated with feather plumes and beaded embellishments on the brim. Each dancer also wears arm-length fingerless gloves, also detailed with beading. The five (5) women dance in the foreground and mid-ground with musicians behind bandstands and audience members behind the dancers in the background. Laura Cathrell is the dancer in the right foreground and Birdie Warfield Edison is at the center. A painted wall mural in the far background depicts five (5) dancing women and one (1) kneeling man. Painted on a ceiling beam in the upper left corner of the image is block text that reads, [ST-MICHEL], followed by an octave clef, an eighth note, a sixteenth note, and a thirty-second note to the right of the text. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the photograph.
African American  Search this
Dance  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  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
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture