Guide to the Porgy and Bess poster collection, 1952-1956 Porgy and Bess poster C0145

A Guide to the Porgy and Bess poster collection

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number C0145


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Repository
George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Collection number
C0145
Title
Porgy and Bess poster collection 1952-1956
Physical Characteristics
60 posters
Creator
Brown, Lorraine, 1929-2010
Language
Multiple
Abstract
This collection contains posters promoting the ANTA-sponsored production of Porgy and Bess as it toured various countries, mostly European, during the 1950s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Porgy and Bess poster collection, Collection #C0145, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Lorraine Brown in 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives Staff. EAD markup completed in February 2009 by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty.


Biographical Information

Porgy and Bess was a three act "folk opera" originally produced by The Theatre Guild at the Alvin Theatre, New York City, in 1927. It was taken directly from a book by Dubose Heyward titled Porgy, with lyrics and music by Ira and George Gershwin. Robert Breen, secretary for the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) was instrumental in bringing federal financing to the performing arts on the American scene and promoting artistic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Europe. Beginning in 1949 with a U.S. tour of Hamlet throughout Europe, ANTA sponsored such projects as the American National Ballet Theatre's tour of Europe, and American participation in the Berlin Arts Festival in 1951. Porgy and Bess, which showed a different side of life in America, was one of the productions chosen to be played before European audiences in 1952. Breen directed and co-produced it with Blevins Davis. This critically acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess toured twenty-nine countries in North and South America and Europe for four years from 1952-1956.

Scope and Content

This collection contains posters promoting the ANTA-sponsored production of Porgy and Bess as it toured various countries, mostly European, during the 1950s.

Arrangement

The posters are arranged alphabetically according to the country in which the performances were produced.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds many other theatre collections.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. Porgy and Bess--Posters.
  • Document Types:

  • Theatrical posters.

Contents List

Porgy and Bess poster collection
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    Antwerp, Belgium: Hippodrome Theatre
    June 23-30, 1955

    22"x14"; Vertical; black background with yellow lettering; white squares with black lettering; white border

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    Antwerp, Belgium: Hippodrome Theater
    June 23-30,1955

    34"x24"; Large black background with bright yellow lettering; white squares with black lettering; white border

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    Antwerp, Belgium: Hippodrome Theater
    June 23-30,1955

    31"x96"; Black background with white squares and black lettering; large bright yellow lettering in the middle of "Porgy and Bess".

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    Brussels, Belgium: Theatre de la Monnaie
    June 23-30,1955

    32"x24"; Black background with white squares and black lettering; off white border; large lemon yellow letters in middle; yellow square at top with black lettering

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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazil Teatro Municipal
    July 7-13,1955

    60"x92"; Four pieces; bright red background with off white border and white lettering inside of it

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    Prague, Czechoslovakia: Kerlin Theatre
    February 11-19,1956

    34"x24"; Washed out off-white background; small black lettering, larger bold red lettering; on the left side there is a square with the words "Porgy and Bess".

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    Prague, Czechoslovakia: Kerlin Theatre
    February 11-19,1956

    42"x31"; Salmon colored fibrous paper with black charted lettering

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    Arhus, Denmark: Aarhushallen
    May 9-16,1956

    33"x25"; White background in middle with lime-green lettering and black writing;black and white photographs taken from characters and scenes of the play act as the boder.

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    Alexandria, Egypt: Theatre Mohamad Aly December 31,1954-January 2, 1955

    69"x36"; White background; blue border with white starts; blue and red lettering

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    Alexandria, Egypt: Theatre Mohamad Aly December 31,1954-January 2, 1955

    12"x8"; Small washed out cream-color background; black border with red and black lettering; two star illustrations on either side

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    Cairo, Egypt: Theatre De'L Opera January 7-12,1955

    11"x8"; Washed out brown background; red and black lettering; four different versions

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    Cairo, Egypt: Theatre De'L Opera January 7-12, 1955

    69"x36"; White background; blue star border; blue and red lettering; Egyptian lettering at top.

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    Marseilles, France: Opera Municpal March 26-April 4,1955

    18"x12"; Off-white background;red and blue lettering

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    Marseilles, France: Opera Municpal March 26-April 4,1955

    55"x36"; Large; bright purple with black lettering.

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    Paris, France: Theatre De'L Empire February 16-March 1,1953

    24"x16"; Green background with black and white lettering

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    Paris, France: Theatre De'L Empire September 30-December 4,1954

    64"x94",48"x34"; Large;green background with large black lettering

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    Paris, France: Theatre De'L Empire September 30-December 4,1954

    24"x16"; Vertical;dark green background with white border;large bold black lettering

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    Paris, France: Theatre De'L Empire September 30-December 4,1954

    59"x40",59"x37"; Green background; large black lettering

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    Berlin,Germany: Titania Palast September 18-27,1952

    23"x33"; Off-white background with blue sketch-like illustration of village; magenta and black lettering through the center

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    Dusseldorf,Germany: Apolla Theatre November 18-22,1955

    24"x34"; Lemon yellow background with orange border on the top and bottom; orange and black lettering

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    Dusseldorf,Germany: Apolla Theatre November 18-22,1955

    24"x34"; White background with black lettering; blue patch with Porgy and Bess written in yellow in the middle

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    Frankfort,Germany: Stadtischen Buhnen November 25-27,1955

    24"x33"; White background with black lettering; blue patch of color in middle with "Porgy and Bess" written in bright yellow

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    Frankfort,Germany: Stadtischen Buhnen November 25-27,1955

    24"x34"; Lemon yellow background; black border on sides; orange border on top and bottom; black and orange lettering

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    Hamburg,Germany: Opera House March 7-11,1956

    23"x33"; Brick colored border surrounding off-white background; brick colored lettering

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    Munich,Germany: Deutsches Theatre December 1-6,1955

    48"x33"; Black and white background with large yellow, black, and white lettering

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    Munich,Germany: Deutsches Theatre February 22-29,1956

    48"x33"; Two pieces; bright red background with bright yellow lettering reading "Porgy and Bess" across the front

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    Stuttgart,Germany: Staats Theatre March 1-4,1956

    51"x34"; Two pieces; black background with large yellow lettering in the middle

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    Tel Aviv,Israel: Habimah Theatre January 26-30,1955

    37"x25"; White background with blue border; red and blue lettering; bigger letters in the middle than in the rest of poster

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    Florence,Italy: Teatro Comunale March 9-13,1955

    27"x13"; Vertical; off-white background with red and black lettering

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    Florence, Italy: Teatro Comunale March 9-13,1955

    48"x33";Mustard-yellow background with black lettering;red lettering in upper half; Two purple stamp-like pictures on lower left part; tear running through title. ("Porgy and Bess")

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    Genoa, Italy: Teatro Carlo Felice March 1-6,1955

    40"x14"; Vertical; beige background with brown and red lettering;has a shield-like emblem border at the top

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    Milan, Italy: Teatro Alla Scala February 23-27,1955

    28"x40"; Bright yellow background; lists names in black lettering with red lettering in the upper half.

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    Milan, Italy: Teatro Allo Scala February 23-27,1955

    15"x11",40"x28",80"x40"; Light brown background with dark brown lettering; red cross on shield at top; decorative leafy-style border

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    Naples, Italy: Teatro Di San Carlo February 15-17,1955

    39"x28"; Bright blue background with a yellow and green illustration of village; white border; white lettering.

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    Naples, Italy: Teatro Di San Carlo February 15-17,1955

    52"x38, 37"x26"; Bright yellow background; black lettering; red lettering at top; very simple.

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    Naples, Italy: Teatro Di San Carlo February 15-17,1955

    22"x13"; Bright mustard yellow background; brown border; red and brown lettering.

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    Rome, Italy: Teatro Quattro Fontane April 21-May 14,1955

    10"x7"; Small white playbills with red and blue lettering; writing on front and back.

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    Rome, Italy: Teatro Quattro Fontane April 21-May 14,1955

    55"x40",78"x54"; Bright mustard-yellow background with black and red lettering

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    Rome, Italy: Teatro Quattro Fontane April 21-May 14,1955

    40"x14"; Vertical; blue background with black and red lettering

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    Rome, Italy: Teatro Quattro Fontane April 21-May 14,1955

    40"x14"; Vertical; yellow background with black and red lettering

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    Rome, Italy: Teatro Quattro Fontane April 21-May 14,1955

    80"x54"; Three pieces; green and bright yellow background fading into one another; large red lettering at top; black lettering at bottom; very bright and colorful

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    Turin, Italy: Teatro Alfieri April 9-17,1955

    27"x13"; Vertical; off-white pink illustration of a lady in the background; large red lettering towards top

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    Turin, Italy: Teatro Alfieri April 9-17,1955

    38"x26"; Pink and yellow illustration with black lettering

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    Venice, Italy: Teatro La Fenice September 22-25, 1954

    40"x28"; Vibrant red background with half facial photo of Gershwin in upper right, illustration of Porgy and Bess on left; black and white lettering.

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    Venice, Italy: Teatro La Fenice September 22-25, 1954

    40"x14"; A number of these in the background colors of: yellow, blue-green, blue, washed-out, white, and pink; black and red lettering;vertical

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    Venice, Italy: Teatro La Fenice September 22-25, 1954

    55"x39"; Large; off-white; red and black lettering.

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    Amsterdam, Netherlands: Teatre Carre May 19-June 3, 1956

    49"x33"; White border; black lettering within white squares; yellow squares with black lettering; bright yellow lettering in very middle

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    Lima, Peru: Teatro Municipal September 3-7, 1955

    52"x34"; Two pieces; washed-out white background with black lettering

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    Warsaw, Poland: National Opera House January 24-February 1, 1954

    40"x28";White background; blue and red lettering.

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    Barcelona, Spain: Gran Teatro Del Liceo February 3-13, 1955

    50"x35"; Large; off-white with brown and red lettering; branch style border with leaves on it.

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    Lausanne, Switzerland: Theatre De Beaulieu March 16-23, 1955

    28"x14", 50"x36"; Washed-out yellow background with black and red lettering; bold red lettering in the middle.

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    Lausanne, Switzerland: Teatre De Beaulieu March 16-23, 1955

    11"x8";Washed-out white with red and black lettering; bold red lettering in the middle.

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    Zurich, Switzerland: Hallenstadion June 3-12, 1955

    50"x36";Light green background with painted color figures of Porgy and Bess; black sketch of village behind them; blue lettering at top; black lettering throughout the rest.

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    Zurich, Switzerland: Hallenstadion June 3-12, 1955

    20"x12"; Black border with lettering surrounding light green background; painted color figures of Porgy and Bess; black line sketch of village behind them; blue lettering at top.

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    Chicago, USA: Civic Opera House June 25, 1952

    20"x14"; Two shades of orange background; black and white lettering; illustration of Porgy and Bess dancing in the middle

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    New York, USA: Ziegfeld Theatre March 10-November 28,1953

    9"x6"; Small; off-white flyer with black border; stars on sides; black writing; illustration of village in black.

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    Leningrad, USSR: Palace of Culture December 26-January 5,1956

    42"x28"; White background; blue and red lettering in upper half.

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    Moscow, USSR: Stanilavsky Theatre January 10-17, 1956

    40"x27"; White background; blue and red lettering; blue lettering in bottom half

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    Zagreb, Yugoslavia: Theatre De'L Opera December 11-14, 1954

    39"x28"; White background; purple and white lettering

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    Zagreb, Yugoslavia: Theatre De'L Opera Dec 11-14, 1954

    12"x8"; White background; red and black lettering; writing on both sides.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Brown, Lorraine, 1929-2010
  • Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. Porgy and Bess--Posters.