Editor’s Note: We apologize to the Saunders family for posting photographs and text that mis-represented the artist.
The woman at the right of the photo in the meme is not Esther Jones, or Helen Kane. The images posted were of a Ukrainian cosplayer by the name of Olya Gussy who posed in several photographs as Betty Boop. Evidence that syllables similar to Helen Kane’s “Boop-Boop-a-Doop” were sung before she began to use them was offered before Supreme Court Justice McGoldrick yesterday in the trial of Miss Kane’s $250,000 suit against Max Fleischer, the Fleischer Studios and the Paramount Publix Corporation on the grounds that they imitated her (Helen’s) style in the Betty Boop cartoons. New York Cancels January Regents Exam Because Of Coronavirus, Harlem’s James Baldwin “Pin Drop Speech” At Cambridge University, 1965 (Video), Special Jewelry Purchases For Your Fabulous Other Half, Busta Rhymes Rock Harlemites While Voting With A Classic Street Performance (Video), A City-Wide Coalition Of 100 Black Men Head To Philadelphia To Protect The Vote, Harlem’s Ella Baker, A Great Woman Behind A Great Movement 1903-1986 (Video), Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine In Harlem Add Community Service To Their CV’s, The Black Fashion World Foundation Launches Legacy And Design Contest, Two Projects In East Harlem And Staten Island Receive Global Future Design Awards. Other defense witnesses were Bonnie Poe and Margie Hines whose voices were used in the Betty Boop films. An early test sound film of Baby Esther’s performance was used as evidence. Vocal performers Margie Hines, Little Ann Little, Kate Wright, Bonnie Poe, and most notably Mae Questel were all summoned to testify. The Grand Boule’, Family, Social, Spiritual And Communal From Harlem To Hollywood Since 1904 –, Want To Protect Yourself From Evil Eye?  Esther Jones never showed any interest in the character, and never made any claim on it.  This proves beyond doubt that the human form of Betty Boop was based on Helen Kane.
Walton could not give him any aid, Philips did however.  “A staff animator drew the cartoon Betty Boop — too close in resemblance to Helen Kane, despite the long, droopy dog ears, to have been modeled on anyone else. Information provided by Ray Pointer (Lou Fleischer Historian, Max’s brother): The film of “Baby” Esther was a double system sound technique like Vitaphone.
“Betty Boop” (see image above), as the character was later dubbed, soon became popular and the star of her own cartoons. Lou and Kitty Pfister, head Film Cutter stayed up all night locating spots to insert black film slugs to replace the lost frames to put the crucial spot back in sync. Baby Esther herself was said to have since died. The all-human Betty Boop was clearly a line drawing of Helen Kane.”, Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, and Donald McNeilly, Vaudeville Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performances in America (Psychology Press, 2007), 584.
Is It A Good Time To Buy A Home In Harlem? 6) Little Esther Jones1. Harlem News, Lifestyle, History & Renaissance. Oddly, the sequence begins with Betty going right into “That’s My Weakness Now”, a song made popular by Helen Kane. The court stenographer broke down at this point, He threw his hands into the air as a gesture of despair and announced he would need aid in spelling the “meaningless sounds” . Baby Esther (aka Gertrude Saunders) by James VanDerZee titled “Do Tell.1930, G. G. G. PHOTO STUDIO, Inc./Studio, 2065-7th AVE., N.Y.C.
When “Baby Esther” Boop originator became popular, “Baby Esther” was mistaken for “Little Esther” aka Esther Mae Phillips (originally known as Esther Jones) and Baby Esther somehow inherited the last name “Jones” from “Little Esther” due to confusion. A new married print with optical sound was produced, the Paramount News Lab being kept open all night waiting for this to present as evidence the next morning.
No jury was called.  “Betty Boop Was Not Black & This Photo Is Not Esther Jones,” Sinuous Magazine, 3 September 2014, http://www.sinuousmag.com/2014/09/photo-not-esther-jones-betty-boop-not-black/. A few weeks later, Dave asked Grim to design a girlfriend for Bimbo to star as the “fair young maiden” in a cartoon adaptation of the popular song, ‘Barnacle Bill the Sailor’. We suggest reading the story to decide for yourself.
#CHIMIxHM! . Here’s video from Victory Newsreel created after winning the trial against Helen Kane, Max Fleischer (sitting in front of Mae Questel) accompanied by Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Margie Hines, Kate Wright and Ann Little performed a response to Helen Kane (video): In 1934 the Afro-American newspaper wrote: Baby Esther originated the Boop-a-Doop style of singing, and Helen Kane white movie and radio star barefacedly swiped it and made a fortune from it a court trial reveals as Miss Kane sues imitators, “Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Little Ann Little, Kate Wright, Margie Hines of the Boop style.
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