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John W. Cooper photograph collection

Author: John W CooperJames Van Der ZeeApeda Studio (New York, N.Y.)Bell Studio (New York, N.Y.)King Photographers (Brooklyn, N.Y.)All authors
Publisher: [190-]-1999.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : English
Database:WorldCat
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The collection (ca. 1900-1999) consists of individual portraits of African-American ventriloquist John W. Cooper (ca. 1900-1950s), many of them studio portraits used for publicity purposes; portraits of Cooper with his ventriloquist dummies (ca. 1907-1940s); and several portraits of Cooper's professional colleagues in entertainment.
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Genre/Form: Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Publicity photographs
Inscriptions
Gelatin silver prints
Dye coupler prints
Instant camera photographs
Photographic postcards
Photomechanical prints
Panoramic photographs
Negatives
Named Person: John W Cooper; Elton C Fax; Joan Maynard
Material Type: Graphic
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John W Cooper; James Van Der Zee; Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.); Bell Studio (New York, N.Y.); King Photographers (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Thomas (Shamokin, Ashland, Tamaqua, Pa.)
OCLC Number: 79394715
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some items bear photographer's or photography studio's name printed on recto. Some items bear handwritten notations on verso; some items bear captions either printed on recto or attached to recto. Some items bear inscriptions. Some items are mounted; some items are attached to album pages. Some items are duplicates.
Collection contains work by Apeda Studio, Bell Studio, King Photographers and Thomas, among others.
Description: 195 items (.83 cu. ft., 3 boxes) 2 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 28 x 50 cm. and smaller. 105 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w, one hand-col. ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 47 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 10 photographic prints : col. ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 9 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. 4 polaroid prints : b&w, 9 x 7 cm. 3 photomechanical prints : halftone, b&w ; 18 x 20 cm. and smaller. 15 negatives : b&w, one col. ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller.

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The collection (ca. 1900-1999) consists of individual portraits of African-American ventriloquist John W. Cooper (ca. 1900-1950s), many of them studio portraits used for publicity purposes; portraits of Cooper with his ventriloquist dummies (ca. 1907-1940s); and several portraits of Cooper's professional colleagues in entertainment.

Also depicted are candid views of Cooper, some with his dummy Sam (ca. 1940s-1950s); studio portraits of his first wife, Etta Freeman; studio portraits of his second wife, Juliana St. Bernard, and daughter Joan Maynard; candid shots of Maynard with others (1980s-1990s); candid shots of friends; views of dummies; views of performances; group portraits and candid shots of entertainment troupes and organizations; a group portrait from a testimonial dinner; views of a book party; and portraits of ventriloquists from the 1980s and 1990s. Depictions of Cooper's personal life are limited.

Of note are publicity photographs of Cooper and his life-size barbershop dummies (ca. 1907); publicity portraits of Cooper with his dummy Sam at home (ca. 1948); and views of Cooper performing with Sam (ca. 1940s), including an undated CBS radio performance. Also depicted are Cooper's daughter Joan Maynard, artist/author Elton Fax, and others at a book party celebrating the publication of the "Dictionary of American Negro Biography" (1982), for which Fax wrote the entry on Cooper. Also included are candid views of a meeting of the Knights of Magic (n.d.), a fraternal order of magicians.

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