THE BOSWELL SISTERS (CONNEE BOSWELL) - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1949 - HFSID 27164
Sale Price $252.00
Sepia-toned bust photo by James J. Kriegsman of singer Connee Boswell in a jacket and white blouse, signed "good luck and good health" in 1949. Accompanied by one of Boswell's unsigned and personalized Christmas cards.
Inscribed photograph signed " To/Lucille And Buster -/Hope to see you folks again/soon. Til then good luck/and good health/Sincerely/Connee/Boswell/1949" in blue ink. B/w sepia-toned, 8x10 overall, 7½x9½ image, one surface. Photo by James J. Kriegsman of New York. Lightly toned, soiled, cracked, creased and bowed. Light chipping along cracks. Paper loss at left edge (does not touch signature). Light dent in top right corner. Rounded and worn corners. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned Christmas card. 2 pages, 8x3¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso. Hallmark card. Pasted on front: "MERRY/CHRISTMAS". Printed inside: "HAPPY NEW YEAR/Connee Boswell". Front cover is lightly discolored at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition. American singer Boswell (1907-1976) was paralyzed from the waist down as a child, but that didn't stop her from pursuing a career as a singer. She and her sisters Helvetia (also known as Vet) and Martha began singing professionally as the Boswell Sisters in New Orleans in the 1920s and, after honing their act in vaudeville, caught fire in 1930. Known for tight harmonies and energetic vocals, they recorded 20 Top 20 records and scored a No. 1 hit with 1935's The Object of My Affection. The act broke up up in 1936 when Martha and Helvetia married, leaving Connee to a solo career. She became a favorite duet partner of Bing Crosby. The two together recorded the chart-topping cover of Alexander's Ragtime Band with Eddie Cantor in 1938 and three other Top 20 records. She continued recording into the 1950s and occasionally appeared in film between the 1930s and 1950s, as well as in the TV series Pete Kelly's Blues (1959).
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