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Ward, Harold
Photo Albums Compiled by a Musician on Tour with "Louisiana" a Louis Douglas Revue
Europe and North Africa, 1950. Two photo albums measuring 7¼" x 10" and 7¼" x 12¾", respectively. Together they have 53 leaves with approximately 306 black and white photographs mostly inserted into corner mounts. Most photos measure around 2½" x 4¼" and all of the earlier photos are captioned, with few of the later photos captioned. Albums good as they both lack covers, one with heavily chipped leaves where around 15 are also detached; photos generally very good plus or better, with around 70 lacking and 25 loose.This is a collection of photographs compiled by Harold "Dirty" Ward and his wife with a focus on his time as a musician touring Europe and North Africa with the Louis Douglas revue, "Louisana." Ward, whose nickname was a reference to his freckles, was likely from the Chicago area and also may have performed with James Boucher in Berlin as there are two photos here depicting Boucher's band. Ward played trombone and saxophone for Douglas and three quarters of the collection are devoted to his time in Europe and North Africa from 1928 to 1930. There are around 116 images showing the performers, though there is likely only one showing a performance. There's an extensive performance biography of Louis Douglas in Rainer Lotz' "Black People. Entertainers of African Descent in Europe, and Germany (Bonn: Birgit Lotz Verlag, 1997). Born in Philadelphia in 1889, Douglas began performing in Europe as early as 1903 with Belle Davis "and her Pickaninnies." By 1909 he was dancing in shows as a headliner and in 1919, he married Marion Cook. Cook's parents, Will Mario … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Langdon Manor Books LLC [United States]
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