Original photograph of Josephine Baker, inscribed by her in 1940

N.p. N.p., 1940. Vintage matte-finish photograph of actor, dancer, and activist Josephine Baker, inscribed by Baker in holograph ink to the recto: "Pour la maison / un souvenir de Josephine Baker / 1940" ("For the house / a memento from Josephine Baker / 1940"). With the logo of Harcourt photography studio in Paris to the bottom right corner.

Baker moved to France in 1925, where she quickly gained success as an erotic dancer and actress, starring in several films throughout the 1930s, including "Zouzou" (1935) and "Princesse Tam-Tam" (1935). When France entered into World War II in 1939, Baker was recruited by the Deuxieme Bureau, a branch of French military intelligence, and became an "honorable correspondent." The actress gathered information about German troop locations, housed members of the Free French effort and helped them access visas, and carried secret Allied transmissions throughout Europe while ostensibly touring as an entertainer. Baker was awarded the Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Resistance for her bravery, and in 1945 was named a Chevalier de Legion d'honneur, the highest order of merit for military and civil action.

7 x 9.5 inches. Near Fine.


[Book #149355]

Price: $1,500.00