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    BIG-BAND POSTERS SIMPLY DON'T GET ANY BETTER

    Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald 1938 Stunning Art Deco-Style Concert Poster. This is one of those rare posters that "wows" almost everybody who lays eyes on it for the first time. This thing simply. kills. it.

    Bandleader Chick Webb and his "N.B.C. Orchestra" in concert way back in 1938, with up & coming songstress Ella Fitzgerald getting her little mention down at the bottom. But oh my, would she soon explode. Sadly, Mr. Webb passed away the following summer, Ella would take over leading his orchestra, and the rest, as they say, is music history.

    The graphic arts on this gem of a poster make it truly one of the great pre-World War II concert posters ever made. The angular features and coloring on Webb's face are just crazy cool, as is the chirping 'chick' sitting on his name and the drum down below (Chick was a bandleader who played the drums).

    Speaking of singing, Check & Ella sure made beautiful music together. Most famously, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." In a wonderful confluence of timing, that monster hit (#1 nationally for 10 weeks) had just debuted on Billboard magazine's charts two weeks before this concert. So if it hadn't quite topped the chart just yet, it was just about to. How's that for giving this poster some extra zing, as if it needed more!

    This art-deco masterpiece was a 'tour blank,' and this specimen was from Celoron Park on Chautauqua Lake in extreme southwest New York state, about 75 miles southwest of Buffalo. We've only been able to offer one example of this poster before, from another city and in much worse condition (Good to Very Good), and it sold for $5,000.

    Measures 14" x 22" and in gorgeous Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: And how about the five colors comprising this window card? The brown and orange mix together beautifully, accented by the black backdrop (and also Chick's hair), white "Webb" and birdie, and then that blue type up in the venue box. The darn thing fairly sings!

    Condition details: Poster has a little discoloration to the upper left corner, some bumping to the other three corners, overall toning, and a slight printer's-ink defect in the blue ink in the "R" in "Park."


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 29
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