Category: 1939

In August 1939, Life magazine sent photographer Charles Peterson to shoot an assignment which was never featured in the magazine. This invitation only jam session was organized by jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and promoter Ernie Anderson. It took place in New York at the Riverside Drive apartment of cartoonist Burris Jenkins. The guest list included Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson, Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Harry Lim, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Hodges, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Clyde Newcombe, Bud Freeman, and Dave Tough.

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Anna May Wong photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 25, 1939.    

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Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on March 8, 1939.     

Joan Crawford photographed by László Willinger, 1939.

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Georgette Harvey, Ethel Waters and Fredi Washington on set of the Broadway play “Mamba’s Daughters”

at the Empire Theatre, 1939.

Publicity photos for “The Wizard Of Oz” (1939)

Helen Bennett, Muriel Maxwell, and Bettina Bolegard, Vogue, November 1st 1939, photo by Horst P. Horst

Anna May Wong photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 25, 1939.    

Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on March 8, 1939.     

Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell publicity photos for The Women (1939)