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#1 Sep 17, 2009
I was John Baker's assistant from 1975 until 1984. We cataloged the collection in 1984 and it totaled over six thousand jazz films and cartoons, which he also enjoyed.
Bessie Smith starred in a short, "The Saint Louis Blues", and that was Mr. Baker's prized possession. I would have to laugh every time I saw the film; it was so stereotypical of Black life.'
John claimed that the first public film show was at Larry's Bar on North High, street during the early 1950s. It was a cold and snowy night, not fit for man nor beast, but jazz fans came from all over the state to view jazz films.
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