African-Americana Postcards and Photographs




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This color advertisement postcard features the portrait of the Williams Jubilee Singers that consists of four women and four men, all dressed I early twentieth century clothing. Luggages with colorful stickers are lined up in front of the group, and the man on the right end has one of the luggages propped up on is knee. The text across the top of the card reads "Williams Jubilee Singers, Touring Europe." The text in a column on the left side of the card describes the group as "Every one a Soloist. Combinations of Duets, Trios, Quartets and Choruses. Twelve years of unprecedented success. The favorites of two continents. 130 performances in London, Eng. Toured the Capital Cities of Europe. Chas. P. Williams Managers. 6618 Vernon Ave. Chicago, U. S. A. Phone Normal 3524 (over)" The back of the postcard identifies the item as a postcard and provides a description that reads "Williams' World-Famous Singers. Will appreciate a kind word from you to your friends concerning the Coming Concert to be given by the World's Greatest Harmonizing Octet. A company of Colored Artists selected from American Colleges who have delighted millions of people in the leading cities of the world. Their repertoire includes all classes of music from the old Negro Melodies to Grand Opera. Williams and Johnson, Proprietors. 6618 Vernon Ave. Chicago, Ill., U. S. A. Phone Normal 3524" A purple ink stamp reading "Rust College Friday March 22 8 P. M. Tickets 50 & 25 cents" is across the left side of the card. Two green one cent postage stamps are placed in the upper right corner and the card is postmarked Holly Springs, Mississippi, March 20, 1918. The card is inscribed and is addressed to Miss Mary Manoll in Union City, Michigan.


I do not expect you to come but will send an invitation. It looks like rain today but hope not as the boys are to play with Meridian boys her. will write soon all will here. Expect a little chicken pox. Love to all [?] [sic]

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Postcards; Musicians; Singers

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Holly Springs, MS

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscripts Division, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 1: African Americana Subcollection



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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)


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Williams Jubilee Singers, Touring Europe