Jeff Askew and Guy Dobbs Photographs
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Jeff Askew and Guy Dobbs Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Askew, Jeff, 1923-
Creator: Dobbs, Guy
Title: Jeff Askew and Guy Dobbs Photographs
Dates: 1946 - circa 1978, bulk circa 1955
Quantity: 382.0 items
Quantity: 381 photographs, 1 scrapbook
Identification: ahc.VIS171

Biographical/Historical Note

Jeff Askew, born December 8, 1923, was raised in College Park, an Atlanta suburb, and attended Commercial High School. Askew was drafted for service in World War II, during which time he served as a company clerk. Before the war, Askew befriended Guy Dobbs, also from College Park; the two went through basic training at Fort McPherson. Upon returning to Atlanta after the war, the friendship between Askew and Dobbs continued and deepened, though they conformed to traditional roles, marrying and raising families. Jeff Askew married Margaret Dobbs (not directly related to Guy Dobbs) and raised two children. During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Askews and the Dobbs had mutual friends. Jeff and Margaret Askew remained married until her death in 1994. It was then that Askew publicly came out and entered into a relationship with his current partner, Dennis Matchett.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographic images previously owned by Jeff Askew and Guy Dobbs. The first part of the collection features images of Askew's family and friends at various social functions including holiday and costume parties, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Photographs of Atlanta-native and actress Jane Withers, actor John Bromfield and his wife Mary Ellen Tillotson Bromfield, the Dobbs family, Billy Jones, and Dennis Machett are also included. Images from Guy Dobbs's photo albums highlight a variety of entertainers who performed at Atlanta-based clubs where Dobbs either performed or managed, including the Five O'Clock Supper Club and Queen of Clubs. Intertainers included exotic dancers, female impersonators, performance groups, burlesque and comedy acts. Studio portraits and publicity shots of Mary Ellen Tillotson Bromfield, a popular exotic dancer of the 1950s known as "The Heavenly Body" and Kalantan, are included in this part of the collection. The scrapbook about Kalantan contains promotional photographs, playbills, newspaper ads and articles. Also included are photos of Kalantan with family and friends. Entertainment venues throughout the South and Las Vegas during the 1950s are featured, including Club Peachtree and Domino Lounge in Atlanta, La Rue in Miami, 500 Club on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and Hotel Showboat in Las Vegas. A promotional poster of Joe's Cellar in Albany, Georgia, also features Kalantan.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three groups: Askew family and friends; Guy Dobbs photographs; and Kalantan scrapbook. All photographs have been removed from the original photo albums for preservation purposes. The scrapbook remains assembled. Photographs of Askew family and friends are arranged by alphabetically social event, while the photographs from Dobbs’ photo albums are arranged alphabetically by entertainers’ names, transcribed from studio portrait shots.


Index Terms

Askew, Jeff, 1923-
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs
Dobbs, Guy
Female impersonators--Georgia--Atlanta
Gays--Georgia--Atlanta
Homosexuality--Georgia--Atlanta
Nightclubs--Georgia--Atlanta
Stripteasers--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jeff Askew and Guy Dobbs Photographs, VIS 171, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gift of Mr. Jeff D. Askew, 2005 (2005.034).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


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VIS 171.001VIS 171.001VIS 171.001 Jeff Askew, Costume party, circa 1965 ( 13.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.002VIS 171.002VIS 171.002 Jeff Askew, Costume party, circa 1975 ( 9.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.003VIS 171.003VIS 171.003 Jeff Askew, Easter party, circa 1965 ( 9.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.004VIS 171.004VIS 171.004 Jeff Askew, Holiday party, circa 1975 ( 11.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.005VIS 171.005VIS 171.005 Jeff Askew, Holiday party, circa 1972 ( 10.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.006VIS 171.006VIS 171.006 Jeff Askew, House party, circa 1965 ( 6.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.007VIS 171.007VIS 171.007 Jeff Askew, House parties, circa 1965 ( 23.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.008VIS 171.008VIS 171.008 Jeff Askew, House parties, circa 1965 ( 5.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.009VIS 171.009VIS 171.009 Jeff Askew, House party, circa 1975 ( 9.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.010VIS 171.010VIS 171.010 Jeff Askew, House parties, circa 1975 ( 34.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.011VIS 171.011Jeff Askew, Billy Jones, circa 1978 ( 1.0 Images )
 

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VIS 171.012VIS 171.012VIS 171.011 Jeff Askew, Dennis Machett, circa 1978 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.013VIS 171.013VIS 171.013 Jeff Askew, Jane Withers, Hollywood, California, August 1946 ( 21.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.014VIS 171.014VIS 171.014 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Vivian Almond, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.015VIS 171.015VIS 171.015 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Antonia, circa 1955 ( 7.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.016VIS 171.016VIS 171.016 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Jack Armstrong, Armstrong and Dale,"The Royal Jesters", circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.017VIS 171.017VIS 171.017 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bea Barton, circa 1955 ( 5.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.018VIS 171.018VIS 171.018 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bobbi Barton, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.019VIS 171.019VIS 171.019 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Glenys Blake, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.020VIS 171.020VIS 171.020 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Barbara "Heavenly" Bliss, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.021VIS 171.021VIS 171.021 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bette Blue, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.022VIS 171.022VIS 171.022 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bette Bolton, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.023VIS 171.023VIS 171.023 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bobby Brenon, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.024VIS 171.024VIS 171.024 Guy Dobbs Photographs, John Bromfield, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.025VIS 171.025VIS 171.025 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Artie Brooks, circa 1955 ( 5.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.026VIS 171.026VIS 171.026 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bambi Brooks, circa 1955 ( 6.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.027VIS 171.027VIS 171.027 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Darnell Brown, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.028VIS 171.028VIS 171.028 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Nat Burgess, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.029VIS 171.029VIS 171.029 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Frankie Capri, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.030VIS 171.030VIS 171.030 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Carla, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.031VIS 171.031VIS 171.031 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bea Curry, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.032VIS 171.032VIS 171.032 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Denise, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.033VIS 171.033VIS 171.033 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Denise Darnell, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.034VIS 171.034VIS 171.034 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Paris Delaire, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.035VIS 171.035VIS 171.035 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Mr. Rene Del Rio, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.036VIS 171.036VIS 171.036 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Donna Denise, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.037VIS 171.037VIS 171.037 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Carl Dennis, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.038VIS 171.038VIS 171.038 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Guy Dobbs, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.039VIS 171.039VIS 171.039 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Elora, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.040VIS 171.040VIS 171.040 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Fabulous Faye, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.041VIS 171.041VIS 171.041 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Daphene Ferrel, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.042VIS 171.042VIS 171.042 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Chuck Fontaine, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.043 VIS 171.043VIS 171.043 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Johnny Franks, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.044 VIS 171.044VIS 171.044 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Charles Fuller, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.045 VIS 171.045VIS 171.045 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Ramona Gray, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.046 VIS 171.046VIS 171.046 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Eileen Groner, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.047 VIS 171.047VIS 171.047 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Elsie Gross, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.048 VIS 171.048VIS 171.048 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Senorita (Billy) Herrero, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.049 VIS 171.049VIS 171.049 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Jackie, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.050 VIS 171.050VIS 171.050 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Kalantan, circa 1955 ( 42.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.051 VIS 171.051VIS 171.051 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Karlos, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.052 VIS 171.052VIS 171.052 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bobby LaMarr, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.053 VIS 171.053VIS 171.053 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Joyce Lanec, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.054 VIS 171.054VIS 171.054 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Donnis LaSalle, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.055 VIS 171.055VIS 171.055 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Gilda "Jan" Lee, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.056 VIS 171.056VIS 171.056 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Karen Lee, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.057 VIS 171.057VIS 171.057 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Shirley Leonard, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.058 VIS 171.058VIS 171.058 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Beverly Lynn, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.059 VIS 171.059VIS 171.059 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Margaretta, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.060 VIS 171.060VIS 171.060 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Lou Mason, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.061 VIS 171.061VIS 171.061 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Miss Memphis, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.062 VIS 171.062VIS 171.062 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Dick Meredith, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.063 VIS 171.063VIS 171.063 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Bobby Miller, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.064 VIS 171.064VIS 171.064 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Barbara Milton, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.065 VIS 171.065VIS 171.065 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Paris Mitchell, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.066 VIS 171.066VIS 171.066 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Chris Moore, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.067 VIS 171.067VIS 171.067 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Randy Morgan, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.068 VIS 171.068VIS 171.068 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Mozelle, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.069 VIS 171.069VIS 171.069 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Nadine, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.070 VIS 171.070VIS 171.070 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Maria Neglia, October 20, 1965 ( 1 image, 1 letter )
 

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VIS 171.071 VIS 171.071VIS 171.071 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Michael O'Neil, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.072 VIS 171.072VIS 171.072 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Phyllis, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.073 VIS 171.073VIS 171.073 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Lee Roberts, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.074 VIS 171.074VIS 171.074 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Robin Rogers, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.075 VIS 171.075VIS 171.075 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Rose Ann, circa 1955 ( 3.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.076VIS 171.076Guy Dobbs Photographs, Jeanette Star, circa 1955 ( 1.0 Images )
 

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VIS 171.077VIS 171.077VIS 171.076 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Shalimar, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.078 VIS 171.078VIS 171.078 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Satan's Angel, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.079 VIS 171.079VIS 171.079 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Lynn Starr, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.080 VIS 171.080VIS 171.080 Guy Dobbs Photographs, The Tradewinds, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.081 VIS 171.081VIS 171.081 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Terry Venisia, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.082 VIS 171.082VIS 171.082 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Joa Welles, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.083 VIS 171.083VIS 171.083 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Dick Williams, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.084 VIS 171.084VIS 171.084 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Ann Winters, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.085 VIS 171.085VIS 171.085 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Jane Withers, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.086 VIS 171.086VIS 171.086 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Kathrine Witt, circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.087 VIS 171.087VIS 171.087 Guy Dobbs Photographs, The Jackie Woods Show, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.088 VIS 171.088VIS 171.088 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Trummy Young, circa 1955 ( 2.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.089 VIS 171.089VIS 171.089 Guy Dobbs Photographs, "Zarilla" (Jaye Paige), circa 1955 ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.090 VIS 171.090VIS 171.090 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Unknown couple, circa 1955 ( 4.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.091 VIS 171.091VIS 171.091 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Unknown group, circa 1955 ( 5.0 images )
 

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VIS 171.092 VIS 171.092VIS 171.092 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Unknown man, undated ( 1.0 image )
 

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VIS 171.093 VIS OS Box 61VIS 171.093 Guy Dobbs Photographs, Kalantan Scrapbook, undated