In May, 2011, I decided to petition the blogosphere in search of a rare Nina Mae McKinney photograph that I've only seen once in my life. I first saw it up for bid a few years earlier on Ebay, and at that time it was going for big bucks. I wasn't even able to make a copy of it much less make a bid, but about a year after I posted The Last NINA MAE McKINNEY Picture Show I finally found it on another site. And now it's time that I share it here with you. And you'll see from the Ebay mark in the center of the photo that someone else had the foresight to copy it while they had the chance.
It's still a wonderful photo, but not quite as glamorous as I remembered. I wish I had the history of it to share with you but I do not. However, I'd say it was a shot from the mid-thirties taken in a Hollywood trailer or dressing room. That's possible because by 1935, McKinney - tired of the color politics and studio machinations of Hollywood, had already left town for what she thought might be bigger and better things in Europe.
But what do I know? Who says it was even taken in Hollywood? And does anyone recognize the makeup artist? Maybe you know a little more about it than I do?!
Addendum: In the relatively short time that this post has been up, Lasca Sartoris, a great supporter of this blog, has supplied us with links of rare footage of Nina Mae McKinney performing in London (see comments section) in 1933, and now we have received this most stunning photo that probably hasn't been seen anywhere in a very long time. See Lasca's comments below for further information. This post is teaching me a lesson about the art sharing and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am! Thank you, Lasca Sartoris.