Gladys Bentley: America's Greatest Sepia Player -- The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs

  • -thumbnail 1
  • -thumbnail 2
Description
Black and white photographic postcard of the singer and musician Gladys Bentley dressed in a men's white tuxedo and white top hat, holding a cane at her side tucked under her arm. The phrase: "America's Greatest Sepia Player" is printed down the left side of the postcard and the phrase: "The Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs" is printed down the right side of the postcard.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
1946 - 1949
Object number
2011.57.25.1
Photograph by
Unidentified
Printed by
Unidentified
Distributed by
Harry Walker Agency, American, founded 1946
Subject of
Gladys Bentley, American, 1907 - 1960
Topic
African American
Blues (Music)
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper, with ink on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (13.3 x 8.6 cm)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
photographic postcards