Anderson, Marian. (1897–1993)
Striking Studio Delar of New York photograph of the great African American contralto who has inscribed in blue fountain pen "Sincerely Yours/ Marian Anderson." Lamentably, this gorgeous example has been *laminated* with the photo corners under the laminate, but is really quite striking nevertheless. 5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm.). Priced accordingly!
Anderson was a great favorite of Toscanini and, in 1955, broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She remains a legendary figure in the history of opera, remembered for, among other highlights, her Lincoln Memorial concert and her performances at the inaugurations of both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.