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  1. BHM: Ida James

    February 3, 2015 by 16stone

    It’s Black History Month year round over here at 16 Stone Vintage. But this year I thought I’d do something special and feature some of my favorite vintage beauties. To kick it off, let’s start with the lovely Ida James. Ida was a singer, actress, and bartender at Harlem’s Sugar Hill Cafe. Her sugary sweet voice was a great contrast when singing with Nat King Cole and his band. Here are some pictures and videos of this sweetie pie Ida James.

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     Ida James

  2. Hip Magazine

    January 15, 2015 by 16stone

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    Publisher Unknown

  3. The Negro Review

    March 31, 2014 by 16stone

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  4. Burlesque Legends

    September 13, 2013 by 16stone

    Check out these “shake dancer” legends in action. Most would compare shake dancers to modern day strippers. But burlesque performers were about mastering the art of tease. Most performers were also trained dancers. Burlesque was often used as a starter platform for dancers to take off in their careers. For instance Ethlyn Butler started off as a shake dancer, but later trained as a ballet dancer.

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    Tonga La Tour

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    Chicago’s Rosemarie Black aka Racetrack Rosie

    photo credits:

    Jet Magazine, Rosemarie Black facebook, FotoMarcos

  5. Sepia Magazine

    June 1, 2012 by 16stone

  6. Van Vechten Captures Joyce in Color…

    April 30, 2012 by 16stone

    Carl Van Vechten captures Joyce Bryant on film wearing Zelda Wynn Valdes gowns.

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    Photo credits: Carl Van Vechten

  7. Soul Magazine

    March 26, 2012 by 16stone

  8. Remembering Whitney…

    February 11, 2012 by 16stone

    I can’t even talk about this right now…. This is terrible and heart breaking news.

    Whitney you will never be forgotten…

    Whitney Houston

    August 9th 1963- Feburary 11th 2012


  9. Goodbye Etta…

    January 21, 2012 by 16stone

    1938 –  2012

    Funny…about 2 weeks ago I was in my room playing “I’d rather go blind” over and over. I sang along every time for almost a full hour. Something about Etta’s sultry voice could make you feel her pain through the music. It was the blues… it was crying woman. I felt every shred of sorrow she encompassed through her voice. Etta, you will never be forgotten.

    Rest… at last.

    From Wikipedia: The Life of Etta James

  10. Vintage Music: Les Surfs

    December 28, 2011 by 16stone

    Les Surfs

    I randomly came across this interesting singing group from the 1960’s called Les Surfs. The Rabaraona family singing group of six originally from Madagascar, found success singing French pop songs. They later recorded albums in Spanish as well. Monikya, the lead singer along with her sister Nicole and 4 of their brothers toured all over world and appearing on many tv shows. What I found so appealing about this group is that they had a number of music videos. We like to think music videos were not a popular thing until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. However, Les Surfs provides quite the contrary with a quick search on youtube. Might I mention, all the members of Les Surfs were under 5 feet in height. Check out some footage of this incredible group.