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    Benny Carter 1939 Old Orchard Beach, Maine Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising alto saxophone pioneer Benny Carter performing at the Old Orchard Pier in Maine on Saturday night, September 2, 1939. Carter was much more than just a sax man... he was a popular arranger, composer, bandleader and also played the clarinet and trumpet. He's credited with helping shape the swing era with his early contributions and influence. Carter's accolades are too numerous to list here, from the National Medal of the Arts awarded by President Bill Clinton to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Great art-deco artistic rendition of Benny adorns this rare poster. Measures 13 7/8" x 22" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: This poster dates out to either 1933 or 1939, and in both years Carter was leading his own orchestra (he had lived in Europe for some years in between). But we're going with the latter because we've spotted a couple of other vintage Old Orchard Beach posters using the unusual drop-shadow type font found here on "Sat. Sept. 2," and those date out to 1939, which is good evidence. So that's our best educated guess. (Carter window cards from the early 1940's started using photographs of him.)

    Condition details: Very light touch-up done to the corner areas by Chameleon Restoration, only to remove a little unsightly grime; no board was ever missing. The two bottom corners have standard one-inch corner creases, barely visible and not a factor. In solid, excellent original condition. Even the toning is lighter than usual.


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