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Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Velma Middleton, American, 1917 - 1961  Search this
Louis Armstrong, American, 1901 - 1971  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 4 13/16 × 6 13/16 in. (12.3 × 17.3 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 1/8 × 7 1/16 in. (13 × 18 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium, Europe
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Velma Middleton and Louis Armstrong. The two are depicted from the shoulders up sitting closely together, with their heads touching. Middleton is depicted playing a trumpet while Armstrong holds his proper left hand to his proper left ear. Middleton is wearing a dark top and looking towards the top of the image. Armstrong is wearing a white tuxedo, black bowtie, and is looking towards the left edge of the image. Armstrong has a comical expression on his face. Near the left corner of the image is an inscription in blue ink that reads, [X Marks / the spot / With Love / to Laura / Velma / Middleton]. Black text printed in the negative at the bottom right reads [BRUSSELS, '49]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
African American  Search this
Conductors (Musicians)  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  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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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