Anderson, Marian. (1897–1993) [Steinberg, Irv. ]
Collection of four original candid photographs of the great contralto, taken by Irv Steinberg with photographer's stamp to verso. Two photographs hand-inscribed to verso "Marian Anderson / Jan. '63 - 'Firestone' - at Waldorf," third photograph "Crystal Ball Apr. 63 / Marian Anderson." In fine condition. 4.625 x 3.25 inches (11.8 x 8.4 cm.).
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.