Off-white oxford shoes worn by Cab Calloway, mid 20th-late 20th century. Creator: Capezio
A pair of off-white men's oxford shoes worn by Cab Calloway, (1907-1994), an African-American jazz singer, dancer, bandleader and actor. The uppers are made from off-white leather with a plain oxford vamp and closed lacing. The soles of the shoes are brown leather with a stacked heel. Off-white cotton shoelaces with metal aglets are laced and tied in a bow over the tongue. The off-white insole is stamped with gold text that reads: " ON-STAGE Fashion / by CAPEZIO / NEW YORK CHICAGO HOLLYWOOD / MAN-MADE INNERSOLE & SOCK LINING". On the interior inside of the left shoe (a) and the exterior inside of the right shoe (b) is handwritten text in black ink reading: "9 1/2 B / 7470"
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Advertising fan from the Cotton Club, 1923-1935. Creator: Unknown
The Cotton Club in New York City initially refused entry to black patrons, even though the venue featured many of the most popular black entertainers of the era, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Bessie Smith. On the front is a color illustration of a woman's portrait. The woman looks at the viewer and her hair is swept up around her neck to fall over her shoulder. Only the top of shoulders, her neck and head are seen. On her ear is a round earring. The illustration is on a yellow background. On the reverse of the fan is a black and white silhouette of a jungle with a band playing music. The jungle scene takes up the majority of the back with the band only along the bottom portion. At the top of the back, in white letter is the club name "The/ COTTON CLUB." The wood handle is attached to the back in the middle. On either side of the handle is black text; on the left "Lenox Avenue/ at 142nd St./ Br 2-7767-1687" and on the right "The Aristocrat/ of Harlem."
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Illustration to a lecture on Toulouse-Lautrec, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
Illustration to a lecture on Toulouse-Lautrec, c1950. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time
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