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Photograph by:
Al Brackman, American, 1912 - 1992  Search this
Subject of:
Chick Webb, American, 1905 - 1939  Search this
Helen Oakley, Canadian, 1913 - 2001  Search this
Ad De Haas  Search this
Duke Ellington, American, 1899 - 1974  Search this
Irving Mills, American, 1894 - 1985  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Master Records, Inc.  Search this
American Record Corporation, American, 1929 - 1934  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 3 1/16 × 4 1/2 in. (7.7 × 11.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 3 3/8 × 4 13/16 in. (8.6 × 12.3 cm)
gelatin silver prints
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a cocktail party that launched Master Records, Inc., held by Irving Mills. The image shows mostly men, with one (1) woman, Helen Oakley, depicted in a floral dress, standing left of center. Duke Ellington and Irving Mills stand in the center of the image. Mills is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a white shirt, and medium toned tie. Ellington is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a light toned, striped collared shirt, and medium toned, patterned tie. Standing to right of Mills is Cab Calloway. He is depicted smiling and looking down toward the bottom left corner of the image. He is wearing a matching three-piece suit, woven in a black-and-white chevron pattern. On the wall above the attendees heads, are the initials for the American Record Company, [ARC], in stylized text within a circle. There is an inscription on the back of the photograph, written in pencil, that reads, [Irving Mills' Cocktail Party / which launched the now / Master Records Studios / L to R: Chick Webb (lower left); / Helen Oakley, Ad De Haas (closed / eyes); FRONT: Duke Ellington, / Irving Mills, Mr. .??, and / Cab Calloway]. A second inscription on the back in pencil identifies the photographer, [PHOTO: AL BRACKMAN]. There are also additional blue and red pencil notations written on the back of the photograph.
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Composers (Musicians)  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
Social life and customs  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