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Bob Howard photograph collection

Author: Bob HowardWalter B BakerLeslie E BighamJames C CampbellArnold C De MilleAll authors
Publisher: [193-?]-[198-?]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : English
Publication:Bob Howard papers, 1927-1986
The Bob Howard Photograph Collection depicts aspects of his professional career as a pianist, comedian and actor as well as his personal life from the 1930s to the 1980s.

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Genre/Form: Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Publicity photographs
Gelatin silver prints
Dye coupler prints
Named Person: Bob Howard; Ruth A Joyner; Eddie Anderson; Gladys Bentley; Joe Bostic; Katherine Dunham; Morris Hopkins
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Howard; Walter B Baker; Leslie E Bigham; James C Campbell; Arnold C De Mille; Irving Kaufman; Murray Korman; Chick Sanders; Morgan Smith; Harold R Stovall; Elcha (New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 753707069
In: Howard, Bob
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's name on recto. Some items bear handwritten or printed captions and/or notations on recto and/or verso. Two items are montages. One item is a photographic Christmas card. Three items are photographic souvenirs from night clubs. Some items are inscribed. Some items are duplicates.
Collection contains work by Walter B. Baker, Leslie E. Bigham, James C. Campbell, Arnold C. De Mille, Irving Kaufman, Murray Korman, Chick Sanders, Morgan Smith, Harold R. Stovall and Elcha, among others.
Description: 285 items (.6 cu. ft., 2 boxes) 224 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 32 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. or smaller. 17 photographic prints : dye coupler, col. ; 9 x 14 cm. or smaller. 12 Photographic postcards : gelatin silver, b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. or smaller.


The Bob Howard Photograph Collection depicts aspects of his professional career as a pianist, comedian and actor as well as his personal life from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The collection consists of individual studio portraits, views of Howard in performance, group portraits, and candid shots, many used for publicity purposes. Also included are images of theater marquees and signs. Photographs documenting his acting career and his television show are limited.

Collection contains quarter-length studio portraits of Howard, used for publicity purposes. Many of the views of him in performance depict him playing the piano, including a series of promotional photographs taken at the RKO Palace Theatre. He is also shown during radio broadcasts for stations WHN, CBS, NBC, and KRAM. One image depicts Howard on his CBS television show with Joe Louis and others. Individuals appearing with Howard in group portraits include Gladys Bentley, Joe Bostic, Ed Herlihy and Morris Hopkins, as the other member of Howard's vaudeville team Joyner and Hopkins. Collection contains images of theater marquees and exterior displays of billboards and posters documenting Howard's appearances; identified sites are Flatbush, RKO Palace, Loew's State, Windsor, and Casa Manana. Also included are studio portraits of other entertainers, many inscribed, such as Eddie Anderson, Jack Benny, Katherine Dunham, Morris Hopkins and Jean Kean.

Howard's personal life is documented by views of social gatherings, views of his home life and portraits of his wife, Ruth A. Howard (Ruth A. Joyner). Howard and/or his wife are depicted at social gatherings taking place mostly in homes, restaurants, and pool halls. None of the individuals shown with the Howards are identified. Views of Howard's home life depict his house, car and dogs.


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