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Stevie Wonder Thought Shares

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A songbook with a re-violet cover. Along the top fourth is the title in yellow letters: [Stevie Wonder / Thought Shares]. On the left side, above the center but below the title, is a list of songs included in the book: [Piano" / "Vocal" / "Chords / WITH SONGS RECORDED BY / QUINCY JONES / POINTER SISTERS / MICHAEL JACKSON / THE SPINNERS / JEFF BECK / ARETHA FRANKLIN / THE SPINNERS / PAUL McCARTNEY /JERMAINE JACKSON / DIONNE WARWICK / ...AND MORE]. On the right side of the front, centered, is an image of Stevie Wonder in front of a dark background, wearing a flamboyantly colored sweater and large aviator sunglasses.

Lobby card for the film Ebony Parade

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Lobby card for the 1947 film Ebony Parade. The card features a yellow background with red and white text. The rectangular lobby card has a large, tinted color image from the film on the upper left side. In the image Mabel Lee is sitting on a blue table wearing a two piece black costume. Seated at the table next to her is Mantan Moreland dressed as a female fortune teller, his hands on a crystal ball on top of the table. Mabel Lee is also resting her right hand on the crystal ball. A yellow curtain is behind them. To the right of the image are colored head shots of performers appearing in the film, including Moreland, Dorothy Dandridge, Count Basie, Mabel Lee, Vanita Smythe, Cab Calloway, and Francine Everett. Musical clefs and notes are behind the head shots. Printed text on the bottom of the card reads "ASTOR PICTURES / Presents / EBONY PARADE" and "with Cab Calloway / HIS BAND / Count Basie / HIS BAND / Vanita Smythe / Mabel Lee / and many others." The card has a yellowish white border. Printed in black ink in the bottom right corner is [Country of Origin U. S. A.]. The back of the lobby card is blank.

Green hat worn by Alicia Keys on the album cover of Songs in A Minor

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A kelly green wool fur felt hat worn by Alicia Keys on the cover of the album Songs in A Minor (2001). The hat has a wide, floppy brim and a tall crown. A gold metal chain link is tacked down with green thread around the bottom crown. There are no labels in the hat.

Program for Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A paperback program for Jazz at the Philharmonic. Front cover is an abstract depiction of a figure in red playing a trumpet, with [NORMAN GRANZ'] coming out of the bell of the trumpet, with an abstract depiction of a building in green in the background, with [JAZZ / AT THE / PHILHARMONIC] in black aligned to the right at the center. There is an oval orange sticker reading [DO NOT REMOVE / FROM THIS / WAITING ROOM] in black type in the bottom right corner of the front cover. Twelve (12) interior pages, off-white or various colors, with black type, with black-and-white images and depictions throughout. Interior pages have images and articles about Ella Fitzergerald, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, and Norman Granz. It also includes images, many of them autographed, of Lawrence Brown, Paul Gonsalves, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington, Cat Anderson, Louis Hayes, Sam Jones, Sam Woodyard, Bob Cranshaw, Jimmy Jones; and signatures of Lawrence Brown, Paul Gonsalves, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington, Cat Anderson, Louis Hayes, Oscar Peterson, Sam Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Sam Woodyard, Bob Cranshaw, Jimmy Jones, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Zoot Sims. Back cover is blank.

Straw cowboy hat with feathered hat band worn by Arthur Lee

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This straw cowboy hat with a feathered hat band was worn by Arthur Lee. The woven straw is molded in place so that the crown has a triangular indentation, the sides of the brim are turned up, and the back edge of the brim points slightly downward. Reddish brown, black, and cream feathers are attached completely around the hat band, with a circular feather design at the center front of the band. The hat has an interior band made from synthetic black fabric. A black fabric label with gold embroidery is sewn at the center back of the interior band that reads "Hand Made / In The U.S.A. / M / SHADY BRADY". A circular black leather label with pinked edges and a gold embossed logo is attached at the interior center crown. The gold logo depicts a man in a cowboy hat giving a thumbs-up gesture with his left hand above the words "SHADY BRADY".

The Gospel Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 33 1/3 rpm record album titled “The Gospel Truth” recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe at the Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ in Harlem, accompanied by the Sally Jenkin Singers. The vinyl record (2014.98.18a) has a black label with white lettering. The front of the album sleeve (2014.98.18b) is white, with a graphic design of four purple, blue and black squares arranged in a gradient around a central, uneven white cross. The bottom left square is black and contains a colored photographic image of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She is pictured from the head up, face tilted upwards, eyes closed and appears to be singing. Along the right side is the Mercury logo in red followed by [THE GOSPEL TRUTH] in pink, [SISTER ROSETTA THARPE] in green [AND THE SALLY JENKINS SINGERS] in purple [RECORDED] in white [AT THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST HARLEM] in blue. The back of the jacket is white with black text. To the left is the track listing, to the right is an essay about Tharpe, the performance and gospel music written by Martin Williams, co-editor of The Jazz Review. At the bottom left is technical information on how the recording was made, written by Jack Tracy, Recording Director of Mercury Records.

Felt hat with medallion worn by Bo Diddley

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Hat worn on stage by Bo Diddley for the last 15 years of his career, including his final performance on May 12, 2007. The hat is made of black felt, with brown trim around the brim and a wide black ribbon band featuring the silver medallion bearing the name "BO" designed by Diddly himself. There are several other decorative elements attached to the band: a round "BLUES" pin, a Smokey Bear pin, a Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry pin, and a gold pin in the shape of an alligator.

Red and cream loafers designed by Pierre Cardin and worn by Fats Domino

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This pair of men's burgundy and tan leather loafers, left shoe (2013.59.3a) and right shoe (2013.59.3b), were worn by Fats Domino. The uppers of the shoes are made from leather, with the wingtip toe caps, heel counters, a panel over the tongue, and the trim around the foot opening all in burgundy. The rest of the uppers and the tongues are cream leather. A decorative design is punched into the burgundy leather at the center of each toe cap and along the edges of the wingtip and the counter. A piece of wide brown elastic is sewn behind each tongue for an adjustable fit. The shoes have leather soles and stacked wooden heels that are painted black with a black rubber heel cap. The Pierre Cardin logo and name are incised onto the heel caps. A square metal "p" logo is attached at the outer side of only the right heel. The insides of the shoes are lined in light brown leather, including the inner soles. A blue label with cream text having the "p" logo at the left reads: "pierre cardin / PARIS / MADE IN SPAIN". The style and size are stamped in black ink on the interior proper left side of each shoe.

Photograph of a cocktail party held by Irving Mills

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of the cocktail party that launched Master Records, Inc., held by Irving Mills. The image depicts eleven (11) men, including Irving Mills, Lew White, Adrian Rollini, Duke Ellington, Will Hudson, Dick Altschuler, and Tommy Dorsey. Mills is at the center of the group. He is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a white shirt, and medium toned tie that is slightly askew. On the far left is White. He is partially obscured by the left edge of the photograph. Next to him, standing in profile, is Rollini. Next to Rollini is Ellington. Ellington is wearing a dark pinstriped suit, a light toned, striped collared shirt, and medium toned, patterned tie. He is facing the right edge of the photograph. To the right of Ellington is Hudson and a partially obscured man standing behind Mills. Hudson is facing the viewer and is wearing wire rimmed glasses. Dorsey is depicted in profile with his arm around Mill’s shoulders, facing the left edge of the image. Four additional men in suits and ties, including Altschuler, stand in front, looking towards the viewer. There is an inscription on the back of the photograph, written in pencil that reads, [I. Mills' Cocktail Party / L to R: Lew White, Organist, / Adrian Rollini [insert arrow] Duke, Will Hudson, / FRONT: Dick Altschuler, president / Am. Record Corp., I. Mills, gen. / Mgr., & Tommy Dorsey / PHOTO: AL BRACKMAN]. There are no inscriptions on the front of the photograph.

Photograph of a cocktail party held by Irving Mills

National Museum of African American History and Culture
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.

Swingin', Shoutin', Really Movin' Gospel

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 33 1/3 rpm record album titled “Swingin', Shoutin', Really Movin' Gospel” recorded by Little Richard and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The vinyl record (2014.98.14a) has a purple label with white and black lettering. Across the top of the album sleeve (2014.98.14b) is the title in large block letters in a color gradient going from red to yellow: [Swingin', Shoutin', Really Movin'] followed by [GOSPEL] in blue and [LITTLE RICHARD] in red. Below, in smaller black type is [with SISTER ROSETTA THARPE]. The cover features a large color photograph of Little Richard covering the bottom two thirds of the cover. He is wearing a dark suit with white shirt and pocket square and a light-colored pattern tie. He is looking up and has his left hand slightly raised with his palm facing up. He is standing behind what appears to be a pulpit or lectern, with a microphone in stand just beside it.

The back of the sleeve is white with black text divided into thickly blocked sections, with [Gospel] in decorative font at the top, next to a Guest Star Records logo. At center left is the tracking listing [SIDE A / Certainly Lord / Does Jesus Care / Shine For Jesus / Just a Closer Walk / God Leads Us Along]. At center right is the track listing [SIDE B / I've Just Come From The Fountain / Tell God My Troubles / I Do - Don't You / Precious Lord / Jesus Walk This Lonesome Valley].

The Gospel Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 33 1/3 rpm record album titled “The Gospel Truth” recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The vinyl record (2014.98.15a) has a black label with white lettering. The front of the album sleeve (2014.98.15b) is purple and has [THE GOSPEL TRUTH SISTER ROSETTA THARPE] at the top in large, decorative orange text, followed by [ALL NEW! HER GREATEST GOSPEL HITS] in smaller white text below, followed by the track listing in light blue text: [On My Way (Got On My Travelin' Shoes) / This Is A Mean Old World / This Train / I Heard My Mother Call / Stretch Out / Ring Those Golden Bells / I Look Down the Road and I Wonder / Nobody Knows, Nobody Care]. At the center of the sleeve is a round, tinted black-and-white photographic portrait of Tharpe wearing a white lace dress, hands open and raised in front of her chest, and looking up and away from the camera. The portrait is surrounded by a circular geometric design in the same light blue as the track listing. The back of the sleeve is white with a track listing and biographical information on Sister Rosetta Tharpe printed in plain black text. The album also has a paper sleeve (2014.98.15c), with advertisements for other Verve records on the front and back.

Gospel Singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe With The Sally Jenkins Singers

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 45 rpm record album titled “Gospel Singer: Sister Rosetta Tharpe with the Sally Jenkins Singers" recorded live at the Church of God in Christ Church in Harlem. The front cover of the record sleeve (2014.98.1b) features a black and white portrait of Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing into a microphone. She is pictured from the chest up and is looking up and away. The image is on a black and orange background with white and orange lettering. The back of the record sleeve features the track listing [Side 1 / 1. BRING BACK THOSE HAPPY DAYS / 2. GO GET THE WATER / Side 2 / 1. IT'S ME / 2. I HAVE GOOD NEWS TO BRING]. The back also has information about the record and biographical information on Tharpe, noting [This recording was made at the Church of God in Christ in New York by one of the outstanding gospel singers of our time, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the Sally Jenkins Singers and the active participation of the congregation. Such are the bare bones of the facts about this record, a record that gives you all the emotional enthusiasm and devotion that is an integral part of negro worship].

Advertisement card for Club 845's Gala Holiday Revue

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An advertisement card for Club 845's Gala Holiday Revue. The card is printed on white paper with scalloped edges. At the top of the card is the text, [THE HENRY LETANG DANCERS / Laurie, Blanche, Serena, Birdie, Shirley & Selma]. Below is a black-and-white image of The Henry LeTang Dancers at Club 845, posing in matching costumes. Each of the six (6) women is wearing a large scalloped headpiece, a crop top with winged shoulders, and a long skirt with an embellished waist that opens in front. The women are depicted standing in a semicircle, facing the viewer, with their hands holding the front of their skirts open and with one leg extended forward. Laura Cathrell is the performer depicted on the far left side of the image. The two women in the center are standing back-to-back and the rest of the women are turned slightly towards the center. A large number of tables are set up behind the women. Each table is covered with a tablecloth and set with two (2) chairs. Below the image is additional text that reads, [CLUB 845 Invites You to Join Us / Every weekend beginning December / 16th when we present -- / OUR GALA HOLIDAY REVUE / Produced by HENRY LETANG-- / --STARRING -- / Johnny Hudgins, .. Pantomine[sic] Commedian[sic] / Judy Gardener, .. Her Song & Accordian[sic] / Naomi Price, .. Mistress of Ceremonies / THE HENRY LETANG DANCERS / Dancing to the Music of / EDGAR SAMSON & His ORCHESTRA]. The back of the card is blank.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: America's Greatest Gospel Singing and Guitar Playing Star

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A souvenir program from a Sister Rosetta Tharpe concert tour in England. The program has a blue cover with a white image and black text. The image depicts Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing. She is standing with a guitar strapped to her shoulder with her arms outstretched. Her eyes are closed. Black text at the bottom of the cover reads “JAZZSHOWS / present / Sister ROSETTA THARPE / America’s Greatest / GOSPEL SINGING and / GUITAR PLAYING STAR / SOUVENIR / PROGRAMME / ONE SHILLING.” The program has eight pages and gives biographical information on Rosetta Tharpe as well as the rest of the band members performing on the tour. The places listed in the program that the tour performed at are “London, Bournemouth, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Harrogate, Bradford, Leeds.” The back cover features an advertisements for a Sister Rosetta Tharpe album and for the 1958 "Floating Tour of Jazz."

Program from the Billie Holiday/Louis Armstrong “Birth of the Blues” concert

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A program from the Billie Holiday/Louis Armstrong “Birth of the Blues” concert, at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 1947. The front cover is missing.

2013.46.25.266a: The interior pages from a program from the Billie Holiday/Louis Armstrong “Birth of the Blues” concert, at Symphony Hall in Boston, April 18, 1947. The interior pages are white with black-and-white text and photographs and include a biographical article on Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong; an illustrated biography of Holiday; listings of Armstrong’s film credits, stage credits, locations, and radio appearances; the concert program; features on Velma Middleton and Joe Garland; recordings by Armstrong and Holiday; and a list of the members of the Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra. The program has twelve (12) interior pages.

2013.46.25.266a: The back cover from a program from the Billie Holiday/Louis Armstrong “Birth of the Blues” concert, at Symphony Hall in Boston, April 18, 1947. The back cover is orange with black text. The top and bottom edges of the cover have two black lines, framing centered text. The top third of the cover has the Decca Records logo, a black oval with the text [Decca / RECORDS] below the three five point stars printed in the negative. The in center third of the cover is text printed in varying fonts that read, [Presents Selections by / LOUIS ARMSTRONG / AND / BILLIE HOLIDAY], above three identical floral graphics. In the bottom third of the cover, in smaller type, is the text, [THESE RECORDS AND ALBUM ON SALE IN THE FOYER AND / AT YOUR FAVORITE RECORD DEALER]. The interior of the back cover is an advertisement for Café Savoy, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Poster for Ebony Parade

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A large poster for the film Ebony Parade with a blue background and an off-white border. Across the blue background are red musical notes and stars outlined in white. At the top center in red lettering is [20 Great Stars]. Printed in the center in small black type is [Astor Pictures presents] followed by [EBONY PARADE] in large yellow letters over a red background. Surrounding the title are color photographic portraits of the stars of the film. At the top left are the faces of Mantan Moreland, Dorothy Dandridge and Ruby Hill, followed by a full portrait of a seated Mabel Lee and in the bottom left corner is an image of the Mills Brothers gathered around two microphones. On the right side are the faces of Cab Calloway, Vanita Smythe, Francine Everett, and Count Basie. At the bottom right is a yellow box bordered in black with red text that reads [featuring / Cab Calloway * Count Basie / His Band His Band / Mills. Bros. * Vanita Smythe / Mantan Moreland * Mable Lee/ Ruby Hill * Francine Everett / Dorothy Dandridge * Pat Flowers / and / Day, Dawn, and Dusk * Jubilaries]. At the bottom left, in small white text on a red background is [RELEASED THRU ASTOR PICTURES CORP.]. On the back of the poster are two stamps in purple that say [Screen Classics, Inc. / 1632 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 10, Ohio].

Baseball cap souvenir from Prince's Jam of the Year Tour

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A baseball cap from Prince’s Jam of the Year Tour 1997. The cap is made of a black cotton-polyester blend fabric and has a low crown profile. The cap's stiff bill is formed by black fabric on top and green fabric on the underside stitched onto cardboard. White embroidered text across the crown reads: [emancipation]. Embroidered on both the proper left and proper right sides of the cap, in yellow thread, is the hybrid male-female symbol representing the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. The back of the cap has a plastic snap closure. Above the adjuster, text embroidered in white thread reads: [NPG]. Below the white text is black embroidered text: [RECORDS]. The interior of the cap has stiffener underneath the two (2) center crown panels of the cap. There is one (1) grommet surrounded by thread in the center of each of the six (6) panels that make up the cap, and one (1) fabric-covered rivet fastener at the top of the crown. A sweatband of the same black material as the cap is stitched along the cap edge. At the interior proper left side is a manufacturer's tag that reads: [YUPOONG/ 60% Cotton/ 40% Polyester/ One Size Fits All/ Made In/ Domincan Republic].

Custom snare drum owned by Will Calhoun

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A custom made Mapex Black Panther 14-inch snare drum played by Will Calhoun in performances with the band Living Colour. The shell is highly polished silver colored metal with an overlay of etched steel featuring bands of Egyptian art designs of human figures in profile and hieroglyphs. The drum has a silver metal rim and ten silver metal lugs for the drum heads on the top and bottom. Between two sets of lugs is a metal mount to attach the drum to a drum stand. On the opposite side of the drum is another silver metal piece of hardware that holds the snare tight across the bottom of the drum. There is a black and gold oval plaque to the proper left of the drum mount which reads [PRECIOUS METAL series / S00417 CHINA]. On the opposite side of the drum is another black and gold plaque with the Black Panther logo. The drumhead is a Remo Weatherking Coated Ambassador made of coated mylar film. The underside of the drum is a Remo Weatherking Ambassador drumhead made of clear mylar film, it also features the Black Panther logo at the top edge of the drumhead. The metallic snare is stretched across the bottom of the drum and attached via plastic tabs to the adjustable metal hardware on the sides of the drum.

Black platform ankle boots worn by Bootsy Collins

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pair of black leather platform boots worn by Bootsy Collins. The ankle-length boots are made in a high-top sneaker style with wide tongues. The outside and inside quarter panels of the shoes have a textured black patent leather panel that also outlines the lacing. Six (6) metal grommets with engraved text "NEW ROCK" around the hole are attached with black leather loops to form the eyelets for the black cotton cord shoelaces. The aglets of the laces are a clear plastic with the words "NEW ROCK" printed in white text. A metal medallion with engraved text reading "LIVE THE FORCE / OF NATURE" is attached to the shoelace at the front of the lacing panel. Black rubber panels with a series of textured ridges are attached around the heel cap extending onto the sides of each shoe, and also on the front of the tongues. At the outside ankle of each shoe is a round black rubber logo with a planet Earth in the center and text around it reading "NEW ROCK PLANET". The shoes sit on a platform sole that measures five (5) inches at the heel. The sole is made of hard black rubber and has a series of three (3) circular cutouts that go all the way through the sides. Inside each of these cutouts is a coiled metal ball. There are two (2) additional circular indentations in the platform, one at the front of the toe and the other at the back heel, with an engraved metal logo inside each indentation with a raised center motif of planet Earth and text around it reading "NEW ROCK PLANET".

The interiors of the shoes are lined with brown leather. There is a white label with black, red, and gold machine stitching reading "NEW / ROCK / MADE IN SPAIN" sewn to the insole. Behind the label is a round sticker reading "SPAIN / 42 / Continental / 43".

Shoes have a brown leather interior. White tag on insides of shoes reads, [NEW/ROCK/MADE IN SPAIN]. Medal pendant hangs from front of laces reads, LIVE THE FORCE/OF NATURE]

Mock turtleneck and pants costume worn by Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A costume consisting of a mock turtleneck (.1) and pants (.2) worn by Verdine White, bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire.

.1: A mock turtleneck made from a multi-colored printed spandex. The shirt has full-length sleeves with turned cuffs that are stitched in place. It closes at the center back with a half-length black plastic zipper that begins at the top of the collar. The fabric is printed in bright tones including pink, blue, yellow, green, and black. The words "ULTRA STEREO", "PICTURE", and "35 / SOUND" are oriented vertically and horizontally over geometric shapes, splattered color, and a photo of a building exterior. The shirt is not lined. A black fabric tag is sewn at the interior proper right back along the zipper seam with white embroidered text reading "LOUIS WELLS" above a phone number that is blacked out with marker.

.2: A pair of wide leg floor-length pants made from a multi-colored printed spandex, hot pink synthetic fabric, and white faux fur. The pants close at the center front waist with a gold metal zipper, one (1) flat metal hook-and-eye, and a fabric tab that extends from the interior right front behind the zipper seam and fastens to one (1) black plastic button on the interior proper left front. The proper left leg of the pants to the knee, the waist band, and seven (7) belt loops are made from the bright pink fabric. Clear bugle beads are hand sewn in a closely spaced winding zigzag design onto the proper left front thigh. On the proper left back thigh are two (2) horizontal white strips of suede, with the bottom strip being longer than the top stripe. A row of clear rhinestones is attached to each strip, five (5) on the top strip and six (6) on the bottom strip. The proper right leg is made from the same multi-colored printed spandex as the turtleneck. Thick white bullion fringe is sewn along the outside seam of each pant leg to just below the knee. Below the knees both legs are made from white faux fur with strands of silver metallic foil interspersed with the fur. The pants are lined with black fabric to just below the knee, the faux fur sections are not lined. A black fabric tag is sewn at the interior proper right back waist with white embroidered text reading "LOUIS WELLS" above a phone number that is blacked out with marker. Just under the waistband at the proper right front is a white tag with printed black text and handwritten blue text reading "NAME / VERDINE / DATE 6-04 / MODEL / LOT / SIZE 29" with the name, date, and size filled in by hand.

Program / Menu from the Cotton Club

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Program from the Cotton Club with menu and program listing. Front cover has a blue background with white printed text reading [THE WORLD FAMOUS / COTTON / CLUB] over top of an orange circle and features black and white illustrations by Julian Harrison. On the lower half of the cover is a large illustration titled [JAM SESSION] featuring Duke Ellington seated at a piano, with Cab Calloway behind him and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson dancing in the middle, with other musicans and dancers around them. Along the left side are four smaller illustrations in a vertical line against an orange background. At the top is [JUNGLE JIVE], followed by [BOOGIE WOOGIE], [CONGO CONGA], AND [JITTER BUGS]. The program's interior consists of two single sheets making four pages. The first page introduces the show with [HERMAN STARK / Presents / World's Fair Edition / Starring / Bill ROBINSON - Cab CALLOWAY] followed by other performers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and production credits including choreography by Clarence Robinson and sets by Julian Harrison. At the bottom is [ENTIRE PRODUCTION CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY TED KOEHLER]. The interior two pages present the menu with [Wine List] on the left and [Supper Menu] on the right. The final page lists the program in two acts. On either side of the page are illustrated columns with tribal mask adorning them.

Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar

National Museum of American History
Custom-made in 1983 by the Minneapolis, Minn., firm of Knut-Koupee Enterprises, this electric guitar was designed and used by Prince. It was painted different colors over the years of its' use. The musician's distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. Custom work for famous instrumentalists and musicians provides an important marketing tool for small-scale guitar makers.

Maud Powell

National Portrait Gallery
Violinist Maud Powell was a child prodigy who gave her first public performance when she was eight. After study in Leipzig, Paris, and Berlin, she became well known through solo performances at orchestral concerts in Europe and the United States. In 1894 she formed the Maud Powell String Quartet, which debuted at Carnegie Hall. That year she also became the first instrumentalist to record for the Victor Talking Machine Company on the prestigious Red Seal label. Between 1905 and 1919 she made more than seventy recordings, which have recently been re-released. When Powell came to sit for this portrait, she brought her 1775 Guadagnini violin and suggested that the artist arrange "an unconventional costume." He selected a gown that had belonged to an opera star, and noted that "of course, the violin with its beautiful red color had to be in the picture."
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