Memorabilia belonging to 1930s vocal jazz harmonists The Boswell Sisters crossing the block


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This period promotional broadside for the Boswell Sisters is just one of dozens of professional memorabilia pieces consigned by one of the original members of the famous jazz singing trio. The auction takes place Aug. 4, 2011 at Hesse Galleries. All photos courtesy Hesse Galleries.

Consigned from the descendants of the Boswell sisters, a historic selection of artifacts will be sold Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 4:30 pm by Hesse Galleries in Otego, NY. Items to be offered range from the Boswells’ clothing and jewelry to broadsides, posters, glossy photos, and original records. The sale also includes furniture and paintings, several of which were painted and signed by Connee Boswell.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the three sisters, Martha, Connee, and Helvetia (aka “Vet”) became headliners with famous jazz bands of the 1930s. They were acclaimed throughout the United States and Overseas. They recorded with Victor, Okeh, Brunswick, and Decca Records. Connee sang with jazz greats, including Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, and Benny Goodman, and her innovative arrangements of popular tunes make her recordings sought after today.

The sisters were an important influence on later female harmony groups, such as the Andrews sisters, and Ella Fitzgerald. The Boswell sisters were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Louisiana Music Hall in 2008. One of the more interesting items featured in the auction is a broadside advertising the Boswell sisters as the headliners, with a line beneath in smaller type, adding “and Bing Crosby.”

For jazz enthusiasts, this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire documented artifacts from these famous and important Jazz Era artists. For more information contact Hesse Galleries  or view auction photos online at AuctionZip #2029.

Hesse Galleries is located just off I-88 Exit 12 midway between Albany and Binghamton in the beautiful “Central Leatherstocking Region” of New York State.

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Included in the auction is this 1935 Boswell broadside, featuring some of the well-known jazz acts of the day.
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Personal items are in the sale as well, such as this Moorcroft jar with paper label from the Boswell/Minnerly Estate
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This unusual zoomorphic frog pin, in sterling silver with cabochons saphires, are consigned by "Vet" Boswell.

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