Wooden clapper from the Cotton Club promoting Ethel Waters

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This is a wood clapper instrument with black etched type on front and back. Consisting of three pieces of wood, two small rectangles are attached via thin metal strips to the large paddle-shaped base, one on each side. There is black type on both small wooden rectangles. The type on one side of the clapper reads, "The Cotton Club/ Aristocrat of Harlem/ Lenox Ave. & 142nd St. / Phone Bradhurst 2-7767-1687." On reverse side type reads, "Hear/ Ethel Waters/ Sing/ Stormy Weather/ Geo. Dewey Washington." There is a decorative border in black ink around both rectangles. There is text on the reverse side at one end of the rectangle that reads "National Bo [illegible] Co. / [illegible] west 64th [illegible]."
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, gift of Dwandalyn R. Reece in memory of Pauline Watkins Reece
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NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
ca. 1933
Object number
Subject of
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
African American
Jazz (Music)
Popular music
Singers (Musicians)
Place used
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
ink on wood with metal
H x W: 2 × 8 1/2 × 7/8 in. (5.1 × 21.6 × 2.2 cm)
National Museum of African American History and Culture