Category: vintage cap


Automobile safety device demo, 1924.  The car is a Baltimore and the man on the left is Inspector Albert Headley.






#Bluesday today brings us a promotional photograph of

blues singer, pianist, and songwriter Walter Davis (1911 or 1912 – 1963). This photograph was taken on February 19, 1936 for use by the RCA Victor Company, who, along with Bluebird Records (an RCA Victor subsidiary label for blues and jazz recordings), released nearly 160 recordings of the prolific artist’s work.

Davis’s recording career was unexpectedly cut short by a stroke in 1952. The remainder of his life would be spent working as a hotel desk clerk and part-time preacher in his adopted hometown of St. Louis, where he died in 1963.

Originally buried in an unmarked grave in

Hillsdale, Missouri’s Greenwood Cemetery, Davis was chosen for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2012, his grave received a marker from the

Killer Blues Headstone Project, a non-profit working to create headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked graves.

This film negative is part of the Hagley Library’s Frederick O. Barnum III collection of RCA Victor Company negatives (Accession 1995.220). The collection was donated to the Library by RCA company historian Frederick O. Barnum III, who salvaged it from the abandoned photo lab on the 4th floor of Building 10 of the RCA Camden Plant after the plant had been vacated and abandoned in April 1993. To view more items from this collection online, visit its page in our Digital Archive by clicking here.


the Canadian

Olympic champion

high jumper Ethel Catherwood talks things over at 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam



Actors Mary Charleson and Henry B. Walthall on the set of their 1918 film Humdrum Brown or His Robe of Honor. Behind the camera, wraring a checkered cap, is director Rex Ingram. While Humdrum Brown survives in the collection of George Eastman House, His Robe of Honor is a lost film.


Unknown people, Sweden.