Golden Age of Jazz

[Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947] (LOC)

[Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946] (LOC)

[Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie, 52nd Street, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948] (LOC)

[Portrait of Count Basie, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948] (LOC)

[52nd Street, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1948] (LOC)

Today the the Library of Congress debuts the Gottlieb Jazz Photos on the Flickr Commons.

From the Library’s set notes, William P. Gottlieb was a noted music journalist and self-taught photographer, who chronicled the jazz scene in New York and Washington DC during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Gottlieb sold his collection to the Library, and in accordance with his wishes the photographs in this collection entered into the public domain on February 16, 2010. Please note, additional rights of privacy and publicity may apply.

If you’re in the beta of the new Flickr photo page, a wonderfully addictive way to view these, or any photos, is in the new light box view. Use the arrow keys to page through them, and be dazzled by the Golden Age of Jazz.

See more jazz photos on the Commons.