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Ada "Bricktop" Smith photograph collection

Author: BricktopBettiniGuglielmo FeliciMorey EngleRaymond RossAll authors
Publisher: [189-?]-1983.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : Artwork reproduction : English
Publication:Ada Beatrice "Bricktop" Smith papers, 1926-1983
Database:WorldCat
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The Ada "Bricktop" Smith Photograph Collection documents some aspects of her personal life and professional career, from the 1890s to the early 1980s.
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Genre/Form: Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Snapshots
Photographic postcards
Publicity photographs
Silver gelatin prints
Photographic prints
Dye diffusion transfer prints
Instant camera photographs
Halftone photomechanicals
Named Person: Bricktop; Julie Andrews; Pearl Bailey; Josephine Baker; Bennie Barnes; Louis Bellson; Tony Bennett; Otis Blackwell; Louis Bromfield; Ralph J Bunche; Ray Charles; Salvador Dalí; Peter Duconge; Duke Ellington; Errol Flynn; Elliott Gould; Huntington Hartford; Lena Horne; Barabara Hutton; John, Pope; Eartha Kitt; Ed Koch; Mabel Mercer; Burgess Meredith; Jelly Roll Morton; Ethel Moses; Julia Moses; Lucia Lynn Moses; Odetta; Paul, Pope; Pius, Pope; Cole Porter; Hugh Shannon; Fulton J Sheen; Elizabeth Taylor; Fats Waller; Clifton Webb; Orson Welles; Billy Wilder; Spencer Williams; Tennessee Williams; Arturo Lopez Willshaw; Robert Wise
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph, Artwork reproduction
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bricktop; Bettini; Guglielmo Felici; Morey Engle; Raymond Ross; Marvin Smith; Roger Jones; Bertil Mollberger; Declan Haun; Ottica Fotografia (Rome); Foto Partenope (Naples); Interpanoramic Photo (Rome)
OCLC Number: 82634080
In: Bricktop
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Some items have photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some items have photographer's name printed on recto; some items have photographer's blindstamp on recto; some items have photographer's name printed on verso and recto of matte; some items have photographer's name typewritten on verso; one item has photographer's signature on recto.
Many items have handwritten captions or notations on either verso or recto; some items are inscribed on recto; some items have printed captions on either verso or recto.
Some items are duplicates; some items are reproductions.
Collection contains work by Raymond Ross, Carlo Riccardi, Morris A. Engle, D. Rousse, Ottica Fotografia, Bettini, and Marvin Smith, among others.
Description: 777 items (1.9 lin. ft.) 110 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller. 100 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 173 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 24 cm. or smaller. 66 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 24 x 18 cm. or smaller. 21 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 13 x 18 cm. or smaller. 30 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. or smaller. 22 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 19 x 9 cm. or smaller. 39 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 9 x 14 cm. or smaller. 16 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 36 x 28 cm. or smaller. 20 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 24 x 36 cm. or smaller. 22 photographic prints : col. ; 27 x 21 cm. or smaller. 13 photographic prints : col. ; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller. 50 photographic prints : col. ; 13 x 9 cm. or smaller. 61 photographic prints : col. ; 9 x 9 cm. or smaller. 17 photographic postcards : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. 11 photographic postcards : b&w ; 11 x 15 cm. or smaller. 5 photomechanicals : halftone, b&w ; 30 x 21 cm. or smaller. 1 photocopy : b&w ; 20 x 22 cm.

Abstract:

The Ada "Bricktop" Smith Photograph Collection documents some aspects of her personal life and professional career, from the 1890s to the early 1980s.

The collection includes studio and candid portraits of Bricktop, some members of her family and friends; views of the activities of individuals who patronized or performed at her nightclubs in Paris and Rome; and views of Bricktop during her later years after her return to the United States. The collection has no images of her Paris club, The Music Box, from the mid-1920s, or of her American and Mexican clubs from the 1940s.

Personal and family photographs include Bricktop, as an infant, in a group portrait with her mother and relatives (ca. 1894); a photo collage of Bricktop and her mother (1915); some portraits of her as a young woman before moving to Paris (1913-1924); her mother and sister, Ethel; Bricktop and her husband, saxophonist Peter Duconge, in Paris (1929); and an undated snapshot of Bricktop, Peter and a group of friends at an outdoor restaurant.

Images of Bricktop during her later years include views of her doing charity work in Naples, Italy, after World War II, and at an unidentified children's hospital in Denver, Colorado; audiences with Popes Pius XII (1957), John XXIII (1961) and Paul VI (1964); visiting with director Robert Wise and actress Julie Andrews on the set of the film "Star" (1967); snapshots of her 80th birthday party in Chicago (1974); being honored on "Bricktop Day" in Chicago (1978); meeting with songwriter Otis Blackwell and others gathered to present her with a citation (1978); and with a group of friends in her New York apartment (ca. 1980). Included in this series are various portraits, group portraits and snapshots of friends, some of which depict parties and social gatherings, including views of Bricktop and actor Errol Flynn clowning at a party for Flynn's wife, Pat, in Naples, Italy (1952).

Images of Bricktop's career as an entertainer and as hostess and proprieter of Bricktop's include a group portrait of her, with Jelly Roll Morton and others, outside the Cadillac Cafe in Los Angeles (1917); posing outside the Cafe Le Grand Duc, where she performed (1925); group portraits of her posing with entertainers and customers in her club, Bricktop's, in Paris, including Mabel Mercer, Spencer Williams, Fats Waller, and Louis Bromfield (1932); an undated view of the front of her club, spelled on the marquee as Brick Top's; views and group portraits of her chatting, singing to and posing with patrons in her re-opened Bricktop's in Paris (1950), and at Bricktop's in Rome (dated 1951-1962); and views of her singing at the casino at Estoril, Portugal (1952), and at various locations in New York City and Boston (1975, 1979). Among her patrons at the 1950 Bricktop's in Paris are Elizabeth Taylor, Duke Ellington, Salvador Dali, Arturo Lopez Willshaw, Burgess Meredith, Lena Horne, and Barbara Hutton; her patrons at Bricktop's in Rome include Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Bennie Barnes, Clifton Webb, Louis Bellson and Pearl Baily, with whom Bricktop is shown performing (1957).

A portion of the collection consists of portraits and group portraits, some of which are publicity stills and autographed to Bricktop, of celebrities, public figures, Roman Catholic clergy, and friends. Among these are images of singers Ray Charles, Odetta and Tony Bennett, diplomat Ralph Bunche, performer Josephine Baker, composer Cole Porter, New York City mayor Ed Koch, and Bricktop's goddaughter, Tiberia Mitri. Also included is a group of photographs of the Moses sisters, Julia, Ethel and Lucia, who were stage performers.

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