Item #19780 1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive. Music Black Troops.
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive
1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive

1940s-50s African American Soldiers in Military Bands Photo Archive

Photo Archive

[African American soldiers] Photo archive of 17 black and white photos, mostly of African American soldiers, with six of them being in American military bands performing and in rehearsal. The Black soldier performers play in brass bands, with trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, trombones, percussion instruments, pianos, and more pictured. Photos range from 3" x 4" to 5" x 4" and are undated silver gelatin photographs circa the 1940s-50s. One patriotic stage performance has an American flag raised above the band and a stage skirt of the flag as well. An all-black brass band plays with a rotating cast of performers front and center on stage throughout the four photos. At center stage, we see two black saxophonists, a white woman playing the accordion, a white woman doing a dance number to music, and a young man who appears to be Southeast Asian or Filipino in front of a microphone. The band has decorative music stands with the letters "RW", "RA", or "RT" and "GF" on a bass drum, which are painted above a military insignia. The context for these images could certainly be from a wartime Pacific Theater military base or from the post-war occupation of the region as well. Other photos depict well-dressed and fully-uniformed black soldiers including recruits, enlisted men, and NCOs, in varying locations including military camps. One close-upshot shows an outdoor rehearsal of the horn section of a primarily African American military band on what appears to be bright, warm day. The Navy in particular was known during WWII for training the best all-black military bands, particularly those originating from the Great Lakes Military Base outside Chicago. The Army also developed noted black band units during and after the war, including the all-female African American band, the 404th Armed Service Forces Band. Additional photos depict a Black military family photographed outside their house in winter. These photos are accompanied by a piece of paper ephemera for snapshots produced by Rockford Photo Service of Rockford, Il. A compelling archive documenting one of the many contributions African Americans made to the military during and after World War II. In very good condition overall.

Item #19780

Price: $1,500.00

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