Jean Singer Savan photograph collection, circa 1920s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Savan, Jean Singer
Title
Jean Singer Savan photograph collection
Dates
circa 1920s (inclusive)
Quantity
144 photographs (1 box, 1 folder) : 31 loose photos, album with 112 photos and clippings ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH1171
Summary
Photographs and clippings from 1920s era cabaret singer
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Selections of collection are available on digital site.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jean Singer (1901-1999) was a Jewish cabaret singer in the 1920s. She was born in New York, New York of parents Benjamin Singer and Fannie Bernstein. She performed at the Palace Hippodrome theater in Seattle as well as other venues in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She married Edward Savan in Portland, Oregon in 1937 and eventually settled in Seattle. She died on March 26, 1999.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains photographs of Singer and her colleagues from Savan's stage career in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The collection also includes a scrapbook with photographs and clippings from Singer's career and personal life. Most are 1920s in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Scrapbook of Jean Singer's Career and TravelsReturn to Top

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings regarding Jean's musical and stage career; the photographs show her theater colleagues, her travels, as well as friends and family. Locations include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Balboa Beach (California), and Mexicali, Mexico. The newspaper clippings make up the first 21 pages of the book and the photographs make up the following 27 pages.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1-1 thru 1-21
Newspaper clippings of show reviews, advertisements, and articles about Jean Singer and the Palace Hip, a Seattle theater
1920s
1/1 1-22a
Man in swimsuit on beach
Written on photo: Vic-same beach-Madrona.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-22b circa 1920s
1/1 1-22c
Jean Singer with five other women near car
Written on photo: Sunday on Highway.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-23a
Edna standing in front of porch
circa 1920s
1/1 1-23b
 Young man standing next to car
Written on photo: Little Brother.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-23c
Man in bathing suit at beach
Written on photo: Vic at Madrona.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-23d circa 1920s
1/1 1-24a
Ruby, Jean Singer, Howard, Rose, and Edna
circa 1920s
1/1 1-24b circa 1920s
1/1 1-24c
Marie, Rose, Brownie, and Edna in front of Palace Hip sign
circa 1920s
1/1 1-24d
Sylvia next to car
circa 1920s
1/1 1-25a circa 1920s
1/1 1-25b
Woman standing near steps
Written on photo: Edna on Rose's steps.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-25c
Two women near brush
Written on photo: Landlady at Barrymore.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-25d
Man with dog and cat outdoors
Written on photo: Phil, Toots, and cat.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-26a circa 1920s
1/1 1-26b
Edna and Grace
circa 1920s
1/1 1-26c
Woman standing outdoors
Written on photo: Eddie-again?
circa 1920s
1/1 1-26d
Jean Singer outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-27a
Edna outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-27b
Frankie and Edna on roof of Wilson Hotel, San Francisco
circa 1920s
1/1 1-27c
 Woman on rooftop
Written on photo: Kid Edna.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-27d
Woman on rooftop
Written on photo: Gracie Mary herself.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-28a
Frankie on rooftop
circa 1920s
1/1 1-28b circa 1920s
1/1 1-28c
Jean Singer on rooftop
Written on photo: Me myself.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-28d
Jean Singer and Eddie on rooftop
circa 1920s
1/1 1-29a
Woman standing next to windmill blades
Written on photo: Buddie-again.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-29b circa 1920s
1/1 1-29c
Woman sitting on bench
Written on photo: Alice in Mexicali.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-30a
 Man and woman standing outdoors
Written on photo: Just a couple of eggs.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-30b
Jean Singer sitting on bench in Mexicali
Written on photo:
circa 1920s
1/1 1-30c
Jean Singer sitting on sand at Balboa Beach, California
circa 1920s
1/1 1-30d
Jean Singer and other woman standing on porch
Written on photo: A friend and myself in L.A.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-31a
House and sidewalk
Written on photo: My parking spot, L.A.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-31b
 Man and woman in front of biplane
Written on photo: Who's the boyfriend Sylvia?
circa 1920s
1/1 1-31c
Portrait of Jean Singer
Written on photo: Just a passport picture.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-31d
 Man and woman in cockpit of biplane
Written on photo: Up in the air again-Sylvia in L.A.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-31e
Buddie standing near windmill blades
circa 1920s
1/1 1-32a
 Woman posing near trees
Written on photo: Hey! Hey! Buddie.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-32b circa 1920s
1/1 1-32c
Dolly sitting on horse
circa 1920s
1/1 1-32d circa 1920s
1/1 1-32e
Man and woman embracing outdoors
Written on photo: Just the boy and girlfriend.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-33a
Woman standing outdoors
Written on photo: Jessie Perry-whom I like.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-33b
 Man in suit leaning on railing
Written on photo: Mr. ?
circa 1920s
1/1 1-33c
 Three women standing on hillside
Frankie is on the right.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-33d
Dog sitting on step
circa 1920s
1/1 1-33e
Frankie Silveri in costume
circa 1920s
1/1 1-34a
Jean Singer and Dorothy outside of the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles
circa 1920s
1/1 1-34b circa 1920s
1/1 1-34c
 Two men outside of the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles
Written on photo: Just a couple of well meaning stage hands.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-34d
Woman standing on steps of house
Written on photo: Same girlfriend.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-35
Jean Singer standing outdoors
Written on photo: Just me at Balboa, California.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-36a circa 1920s
1/1 1-36b
Woman standing outdoors
Written on photo: A very sweet lady.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-36c
 Woman in costume
Written on photo: Mexicali entertainer.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-36d
 Jean Singer sitting on steps holding a kitten
Written on photo: Me-again?
circa 1920s
1/1 1-37a
 Three people sitting at picnic table
Written on photo: Buddie and Earl and open spaces.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-37b
 Man in front of hat store
Written on photo: Just my brother.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-37c
Jean Singer sitting on steps holding a kitten
Written on photo: Me and my family.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-38a
Woman and child under beach umbrella at Balboa, California
circa 1920s
1/1 1-38b
Woman standing near bushes
Written on photo: Just a girlfriend.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-38c
 Woman standing next to mounted police officer
Written on photo: Kearnsey-herself.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-38d
 Woman holding kitten on steps
Written on photo: Same girl-my kitten.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-39a
Woman sitting on sand at Balboa Beach, California
circa 1920s
1/1 1-39b
 Four women standing outdoors
Written on photo: Revue in Mexicali.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-39c
Three women standing outdoors
Written on photo: Same Mexicali bunch.
circa 1920s
1/1 1-40a
Woman standing on running board of car
circa 1920s
1/1 1-40b circa 1920s
1/1 1-40c circa 1920s
1/1 1-40d circa 1920s
1/1 1-40e
Group of women in costume behind people in horse costume
circa 1920s
1/1 1-41a circa 1920s
1/1 1-41b
Jean Singer sitting next to painted spare tire cover on car
circa 1920s
1/1 1-41c circa 1920s
1/1 1-41d
Two women putting their heads between fence slats
circa 1920s
1/1 1-42a
Woman in dance pose outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-42b circa 1920s
1/1 1-42c
Woman in costume standing outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-42d
Jean Singer standing next to wall
circa 1920s
1/1 1-42e circa 1920s
1/1 1-43a
Woman in costume dancing outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-43b,c circa 1920s
1/1 1-43d
Four women in bathing suits on dock
circa 1920s
1/1 1-44a
Two women and a child, probably on a ship
circa 1920s
1/1 1-44b circa 1920s
1/1 1-44c circa 1920s
1/1 1-44d
Two women next to building
circa 1920s
1/1 1-45a
Ship's officer sitting on deck chair
circa 1920s
1/1 1-45b
Woman next to railing
circa 1920s
1/1 1-45c circa 1920s
1/1 1-45d circa 1920s
1/1 1-45e
Jean Singer standing next to railing
circa 1920s
1/1 1-45f
Woman standing outdoors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-45g
Woman standing next to car
circa 1920s
1/1 1-46a
Probably Jean Singer and another woman on deck chair
circa 1920s
1/1 1-46b circa 1920s
1/1 1-46c
Ship's officers and sailors
circa 1920s
1/1 1-46d
Passengers and crew onboard ship
circa 1920s
1/1 1-47a circa 1920s
1/1 1-47b circa 1920s
1/1 1-47c
Woman standing in front of house
circa 1920s
1/1 1-47d circa 1920s
1/1 1-47e
Woman lying on deck chair
circa 1920s
1/1 1-48a circa 1920s
1/1 1-48b
Boy sitting in deck chair
circa 1920s
1/1 1-48c circa 1920s
1/1 1-48d
Group of four children
circa 1920s
1/1 1-48e circa 1920s
1/1 1-48f
Woman standing next to building
circa 1920s
1/2 1-49 thru 1-53
Loose clippings from scrapbook
5 clippings advertising shows.
1920s

Publicity PhotosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Jean Singer Savan
Box/Folder item
1/3 2
 Jean Singer portrait
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1920s
1/3 3
 Jean Singer portrait
Witzel Studios, Los Angeles (photographer)
1920s
1/3 4
 Jean Singer sitting on cushioned bench
Witzel Studios, Los Angeles (photographer)
1920s
1/3 5 1920s
Box/Folder item
1/4 6
  Rose Smith
Gene Hanner (photographer)
1920s
1/4 7
 Billie in dance costume
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1920s
1/4 8
 Woman wearing hat and fur stole or collar
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1920s
1/4 9
 Dorothy portrait
Witzel Studios, Los Angeles (photographer)
1920s
1/5 10
 Millie Pedro wearing fur
DeForrest, Oakland (photographer)
1920s
1/5 11 1920s
1/5 12
 Mike Guglielmo
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1920s
1/5 13
 Howard Evans
Davies, Portland (photographer)
1920s
1/6 14
 Millie Pedro
Ingram, Long Beach, California (photographer)
1920s
1/6 15
  Scotty Neston Jr.
Myers Studio, San Francisco (photographer)
1920s
1/6 16
  Marguerite Donaldson
DeForrest, Oakland (photographer)
1920s
1/6 17
 Jackie wearing fur
DeForrest, Oakland (photographer)
1920s
1/7 18
 Woman holding roses
Hartsook Photo (photographer)
1920s
1/7 19
 Corine wearing hat with feathers
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1923
1/7 20
  Lillian Cole
Hartsook, Seattle (photographer)
1923
1/7 21
  Edna Lokke
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1923
1/8 22
  Ymar Ritter
Hartsook Photo (photographer)
1925
1/8 23
  Mildred Mantle
Mushet, Seattle (photographer)
1925
1/8 24 1926
1/8 25
  Margie Roth wearing Spanish-style hat
Empire, Los Angeles (photographer)
Hand-colored photo.
1926
1/9 26
 Dell sitting on wooden bench
Empire, Los Angeles (photographer)
1926
1/9 27
  Bert O'Leery
DeForrest, Oakland (photographer)
1928
1/9 28
 Gracie [?]
DeForrest, Oakland (photographer)
1928

Jean Singer SavanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/10 29 February 13, 1992

Chorus LineReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/11 30
 Line of chorus girls in costume
Jean Singer is in center.
Webster & Stevens, Times Staff Photographers, Seattle (photographer)
circa 1920s
box:oversize
XH3 31
Line of chorus girls in costume
Jean Singer is 7th from left.
circa 1920s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Entertainers--United States--Photographs
  • Jewish entertainers--United States--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Savan, Jean Singer--Photographs

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)