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Virgil Whyte "All-Girl" Band Collection

Collector:
Kovan, Florice Whyte  Search this
Author:
Whyte, Virgil (bandleader)  Search this
Names:
United Service Organizations (U.S.)  Search this
Virgil Whyte's "All-Girl" Band  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (11 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postage stamps
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Postcards
Soap
Labels
Letterheads
Announcements
Clippings
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Packages
Diaries
Place:
Racine (Wis.) -- 1940-1950
Date:
1942-1948, 1991-1993
Scope and Contents:
Includes 7 VHS videotapes and 1 audio tape produced by Florice Whyte Kovan, containing interviews and recollections by some band members. Studio portraits and snapshot photographs in 3 scrapbooks, which also contain display advertisements and newspaper clippings from about the band, 1940s. Snapshots include documentation of the band's travels and leisure activities while on the road, including swimming, horseback riding, etc. Packaged hotel soap bars collected by Betty Hansen during the bands' touring documents their itinerary, as do picture postcards written by Alice Smaus Jacoby.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into seven series.

Series 1: Unmounted snapshots

Series 2: Scrapbooks

Series 3: Alice Smaus Jacoby's postcards

Series 4: Packaged soap samples

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials

Series 6: Framed Portrait Photoprints

Series 7: Oversized Photoprints

The scrapbook pages are arranged in original order, apparently partly chronological, but series 1 snapshots are in topical order.
Biographical / Historical:
Founded 1942 in Racine, Wis., by Virgil Whyte, his "all-girl" band was composed of young Racine women. Whyte was instructor, manager, and the initial leader on drums; later his sister Alice took over as drummer. After initial success in Racine and elsewhere in Wisconsin, the band began to accept engagements in other parts of the country, eventually touring the U.S. The band's success drew other acts and performers, including Jill Fontaine and the Wilford Mae Trio, Sam Hearn (known as "Schlepperman"), the Woodson Sisters, and Paul La Verre and Bro. They did U.S.O. tours, entertaining servicemen.

The principal donor, a free-lance researcher and writer, is the daughter of Virgil Whyte.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Florice Kovan, 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Travel photography -- 1940-1950 -- U.S.  Search this
Barracks -- 1940-1950  Search this
Railroad passenger cars  Search this
Horseback riding -- 1940-1950  Search this
Tap dancers -- 1940-1950  Search this
Singers -- 1940-1950  Search this
Comedians -- 1940-1950  Search this
Jazz musicians -- 1940-1950  Search this
Band music -- 1940-1950  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Musicians  Search this
Horses -- 1940-1950  Search this
Women musicians -- 1930-1950  Search this
Beaches -- 1940-1950  Search this
Swimming pools -- 1940-1950  Search this
Swimming -- 1940-1950  Search this
Jazz -- 1940-1950  Search this
Portraits -- Women  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postage stamps
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Postcards
Soap -- Packaged
Labels
Letterheads
Announcements
Clippings
Photomechanical prints
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1940-1950
Packages
Diaries
Citation:
Virgil Whyte's "All-Girl" Band Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0503
See more items in:
Virgil Whyte "All-Girl" Band Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0503
Online Media:

Jimmy Durante and Helen Traubel

Artist:
W. Eugene Smith, 30 Dec 1918 - 15 Oct 1978  Search this
Sitter:
Jimmy Durante, 10 Feb 1893 - 29 Jan 1980  Search this
Helen Traubel, 16 Jun 1903 - 28 Jul 1972  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
26cm x 33.9cm (10 1/4" x 13 3/8"), Image
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1951
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Interior  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Piano  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch  Search this
Jimmy Durante: Male  Search this
Jimmy Durante: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Jimmy Durante: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Jimmy Durante: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Jimmy Durante: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Helen Traubel: Female  Search this
Helen Traubel: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.87.262
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ab6d0e03-4b2b-4332-8551-92ca9d6e9977
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.87.262

Bob Hope

Artist:
Norman Rockwell, 3 Feb 1894 - 8 Nov 1978  Search this
Sitter:
Bob Hope, 29 May 1903 - 27 Jul 2003  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Date:
before 1954
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Bob Hope: Male  Search this
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality  Search this
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer  Search this
Bob Hope: Oscar  Search this
Bob Hope: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Bob Hope: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
CA990269
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm457eef71a-2299-4710-b3fc-f48b5559a7b9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_CA990269

Milton Berle

Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Sitter:
Milton Berle, 12 Jul 1908 - 27 Mar 2002  Search this
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 42 x 30.8 cm (16 9/16 x 12 1/8")
Sheet: 46.4 x 35.3 cm (18 1/4 x 13 7/8")
Mount: 55.7 x 45.4 cm (21 15/16 x 17 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1953
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Milton Berle: Male  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer\Radio  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2012.27
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4fb0e18d8-d439-40d8-95d0-29cda38e3408
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2012.27

Charlie Chaplin

Artist:
Edward Estlin Cummings, 14 Oct 1894 - 2 Sep 1962  Search this
Sitter:
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, 16 Apr 1889 - 25 Dec 1977  Search this
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
25 1/2 in. x 19 3/8 in. (64.77 cm x 49.21 cm), without frame
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Male  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Literature\Writer\Screenwriter  Search this
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
Website: mag.rochester.edu/index_flash.html
Object number:
97.14 MAG
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm43027b62b-aeef-44c4-8aff-56e5575c312c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_97.14_MAG

Daniel Louis Armstrong

Artist:
Boris Artzybasheff, 1899 - 16 Jul 1965  Search this
Sitter:
Louis Armstrong, 4 Aug 1901 - 6 Jul 1971  Search this
Medium:
Unknown
Dimensions:
Unrecorded
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1949
Topic:
Louis Armstrong: Male  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: [UNLOCATED]
Object number:
UNL00031
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4bbd2f0b0-f2a1-4b01-a119-d55f1e4ec581
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_UNL00031

Louis Armstrong

Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Sitter:
Louis Armstrong, 4 Aug 1901 - 6 Jul 1971  Search this
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 32.1 x 42.1 cm (12 5/8 x 16 9/16")
Sheet: 34 x 46.8 cm (13 3/8 x 18 7/16")
Mount: 38 x 50.7 cm (14 15/16 x 19 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1947
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Male  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke
Object number:
NPG.94.43
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f791382d-9033-4fc3-b16c-7d0c6cf6b39a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.94.43

Tune In Groucho

Alternate Title:
Tune in Groucho
Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Groucho Marx, 2 Oct 1895 - 19 Aug 1977  Search this
Medium:
Color lithographic poster
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 95.3cm x 125.5cm (37 1/2" x 49 7/16")
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1950
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Poster  Search this
Groucho Marx: Male  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Groucho Marx: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.91.11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4389872d1-7bb3-4103-b474-027e33ea1e91
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.91.11

Milton Berle

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Milton Berle, 12 Jul 1908 - 27 Mar 2002  Search this
Medium:
India ink and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 26 x 24.9 cm (10 1/4 x 9 13/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Caricature  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Lantern  Search this
Home Furnishings\Clock  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Safari  Search this
Milton Berle: Male  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer\Radio  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Milton Berle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.197
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4aba21cc5-6fc0-45dd-969b-cbe4859b542e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.85.197

G'Bye Now [sheet music]

Topic:
HellzaPoppin'
Composer:
Olsen, John  Search this
Johnson, Harold  Search this
Levison, Jay  Search this
Ray Evans  Search this
Publisher:
Broadcast Music, Inc.  Search this
Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink paper.)
Type:
Archival materials
Caricatures
Sheet music
Date:
1941
Scope and Contents:
Song from Olsen and Johnson's "HellzaPoppin'". Illustration: cartoon faces of Olsen and Johnson with designs resembling popping corn. Printed in black and red.
Local Numbers:
AC0300-0000019.tif (AC Scan: cover)
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Popcorn  Search this
Genre/Form:
Caricatures
Sheet music -- 1940-1950
Series Citation:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.10: Actors and Comedians / Olsen and Johnson
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref1993

Photographic Scrapbook (Family and Career)

Collection Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Container:
Box 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
ca. 1940s-1950s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Reference copies of audiovisual materials must be used.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Groucho Marx Collection
Groucho Marx Collection / Series 4: Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0269-ref128

[Four servicemen carrying Dorothy Lamour and Groucho Marx : black-and-white photoprint.]

Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Names:
Lamour, Dorothy, 1914-  Search this
Collection Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7.9" x 9.9")
Container:
Box 26, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1942
Scope and Contents:
Marx has his trademark cigar in his mouth.
Local Numbers:
AC0269-0000001 (AC scan)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Cigars  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Groucho Marx Collection
Groucho Marx Collection / Series 7: Artworks and Photographs / 7.1: Artwork / 7.2: Photographs / Groucho visits the GI's Dorothy Lamour
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0269-ref931

[Groucho Marx and Veronica Lake entertaining the troops : black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Names:
Lake, Veronica  Search this
Collection Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 8.0" x 10.0")
Container:
Box 12, Item scrapbook
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1942
Scope and Contents:
Marx, dancing, is surrounded by uniformed servicemen. Jukebox in the foreground.
Local Numbers:
AC0269-0000002 (AC scan)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Dance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Groucho Marx Collection
Groucho Marx Collection / Series 4: Scrapbooks / Photographic Scrapbook (Family and Career)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0269-ref932

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