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Jazz singer Myra Taylor.

Date: 
1940

Walt Disney seated at a drawing board at Laugh-O-Gram Films/Disney Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.

Walt Disney's Laugh-O-Gram office, located in the second story of the McConahay Building at 31st Street and Forest Avenue.

A group of people working in the Laugh-O-Gram office, located in the second story of the McConahay Building at 31st Street and Forest Avenue. Posters for 'Jack and the Beanstalk', and for 'Goldie Locks and the Three Bears' are shown.

Staged shot with a fake camera on the roof of the Laugh-O-Gram building. Walt Disney holding a gun over Carman Maxwell; Ub Iwerks is "directing"; Adolph Kloepper behind the camera; Rudolf Ising standing in the background.

Promotional photo of unidentified female singer with nine member jazz band.

Date: 
1924

Publicity photo of the Boogie-Woogie Boys featuring Pete Johnson, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Joe Turner, and Albert Ammons. All four are smiling, wearing tuxedoes with white handkerchiefs, and facing forward in two rows.

Date: 
1939

Promotional photo of Count Basie seated at the piano.

Marion Cauger, friend of Walt Disney, seated on a statue of a lion at the Thomas H. Swope Memorial in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri. Marion was the nephew of Arthur V. Cauger, operator of the Kansas City Slide Company at 2449 Charlotte Street. A. V. Cauger employeed both Marion and Walt at the company.

Date: 
April 2nd 1922

Ed Flynn, wearing a light suit and tie, and Benny Carter, wearing a tuxedo, seated on a couch. Dave Dexter is crouched next to Carter wearing a pinstripe suite and smiling.

Date: 
1939

Publicity photo of Count Basie at piano and Carmen Miranda holding percussive shaker at Command Performance. Basie is sitting at the piano wearing a white suit and looking forward. Miranda is standing behind the piano against a studio wall and wearing a suit jacket and floral head wrap.

Date: 
1936

Count Basie shaking hands with Joe Belford at the Roseland Ballroom. Basie is smiling and looking up. Belford is wearing a pinstripe suit and patterned tie.

Date: 
December 1936

Publicity photo from the side of Count Basie playing piano while looking down and smiling. Basie is wearing a tuxedo.

Date: 
1939

Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Dave Dexter standing around a radio (or possibly a phonograph) looking down at a record in Dexter's hand at Basie's birthday celebration.

Date: 
1940

Publicity photo of Chic Scoggin and His Pla-Mor Orchestra standing outside of the Pla-Mor Ballroom on the sidewalk; caption reads: Yours for dance satisfaction / Chic Scoggin's Pla-Mor Ball Room Orchestra. Back of postcard has written correpondence to the Pla-Mor Ballroom manager (Sam) from Roger Leahy, postmarked from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, December 30, 1929.

Date: 
1929

The Tower Orchestra at Tower Theatre, 213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Date: 
April 13th 1935

The Tower Adorables, a dance troupe who performed at the Tower Theatre, 213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Date: 
April 1935

Publicity photo of Chic Scoggin, Pla-Mor Orchestra director, standing and holding a conducting baton.

Date: 
1929

The Tower Theatre and the Esquire Theatre, 211-213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri. This photograph was taken looking south on 12th Street between Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) and McGee Street.

Date: 
1940

A billboard for the KMBC radio program Phenomenon: Electrifying History.

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