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Statue of Louis Armstrong

Statue of Louis Armstrong

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Description (Brief)

This chalkware statue of American jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was made by Esco Products, Inc. in New York, circa 1972. The statue depicts Armstrong in a burgundy jacket with white shirt, black bowtie, pants and shoes, holding a trumpet in his right hand and a handkerchief in his left hand. As in many of Esco’s celebrity statues, the heads are exaggerated in size.

The statue was given to American jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and is inscribed on the bottom of the statue, “FROM PHOEBE.”

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1972
Armstrong, Louis
Fitzgerald, Ella
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
overall: 40 cm x 16 cm x 15 cm; 15 3/4 in x 6 5/16 in x 5 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Fitzgerald 1989 Trust (through Richard D. Rosman)
African American
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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