Portraits of black jazz musicians inscribed to Ruth King Bordner, ca. 1928-1940.


Portraits of black jazz musicians inscribed to Ruth King Bordner, ca. 1928-1940.

9 signed photographs of various black composers and performers, most from the 1920's and 1930's. All are inscribed to Ruth King Bordner (or Ruth King), who was evidently an agent for black performers and revues in Cleveland. The musicians are Eubie Blake, W.C. Handy, Noble Sissle, Spencer Williams, Billy Banks, Adelaide Hall, Aida Ward, and Ethel Waters. Accompanied by 4 unsigned photographs of Billy Banks, the Clarence Williams Trio, "Baby" (Laura Badge) Hines, and Ruth King.

0.1 cubic ft. (13 photographs).


SNAC Resource ID: 8351479

New York Public Library System, NYPL

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Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977

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Hall, Adelaide

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Bordner, Ruth King.

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Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983

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American composer. From the description of Eubie Blake papers, 1949-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 614998552 ...

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Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958

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