N.p. N.p., circa 1940. Vintage sepia tone photograph of clarinet player and swing band leader Ann Dupont.
United States involvement in World War II created the perfect storm for a staggering increase in the number of "all-girl" big bands in the early 1940s. As male musicians were frequently getting drafted, and those left behind on the home front sought musical entertainment as a means of coping, hundreds of of female dance bands sprang up to fill the need. Woefully their memory has largely been lost to history, alongside many other women who took other jobs that were traditionally considered "men's work".
8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.