Advertisement for Ma Rainey, “Prove It On Me Blues,”

Advertisement for Ma Rainey, “Prove It On Me Blues,”

Description

This large-format print advertisement features an illustration of Ma Rainey, in a suit and men’s hat, flirting with two flapper-style African American women, while a white police officer watches in the background with suspicion. The copy alludes to the scandal of Rainey and the song. Other copy features various Paramount “race records,” including blues and spirituals.

Original Resource: www.teachingcalifornia.org

Creator Paramount

Repository JD Doyle Archives