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

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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.
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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
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
photographic postcards