Portrait of Al Jolson

Portrait of Al Jolson with a Smile
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17519
Building: 
Current Location: 
Vault Level
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a sepia toned reproduction photograph print of Al Jolson.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inches
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Born in Lithuania, Asa Yoelson-Al Jolson, known professionally as Al Jolson was a celebrated song-and-dance man who was a major Broadway attraction before gaining worldwide fame as the star of "The Jazz Singer", the 1927 film that signaled the transition from silent pictures to sound. Known as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," his legacy is complicated by the modern-day controversy over his frequent use of blackface. Jolson extended his career by becoming a popular recording star and the signing host of radio shows. He saw his life celebrated in the 1946 movie musical "The Jolson Story." In this portrait he appears sure and direct, assuming the whole impact of his career.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes