Bowtie, worn by Frank Sinatra

Bowtie, worn by Frank Sinatra

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
Black bowtie worn by Frank Sinatra, c. 1942. Frank Sinatra - vocalist, actor and lyricist of Italian ancestry - rose to international stardom in the 1940s and remained a stellar performer into the mature years of his career. Sinatra's first success came in 1937 as the lead vocalist of the Hoboken Four, winners on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio program. Harry James hired Sinatra in 1939, launching Sinatra's career as a band singer. With Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra in early 1940, Sinatra's popularity with bobby-soxers reached phenomenal proportions. Before long, the radio and phonograph listening world were made aware of his impressive talent. Leaving Dorsey late in 1942, he worked as a single in theaters and clubs and had his own radio show in 1943, becoming the featured vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade" in 1944 and 1947-1949.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
black (overall color)
overall: 46 in x 3 1/2 in; 116.84 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 46 in x 3 1/2 in; 116.84 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Frank Sinatra
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object