Legendary American singer (1924–1963), dubbed the Queen of the Blues, who died of an overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 39. Washington’s AFRA union P&W benefits card, one page, both sides, 6 x 4, dated July 25, 1962. Pension and Welfare benefit card is filled out by Washington, printing her legal name, “Ruth Jones,” her New York address, birth date and Social Security number. Signed in the middle, “Dinah Washington,” with Washington adding her son’s names, George K. Jenkins, Jr. and Robert Grayson, to the reverse as the recipients of death benefits. The lower portion of the front of the card is stamped “Deceased,” with an office notation reading, “12/14/63.” In very good condition, with some light rubbing and wear, and the stamp covering the majority of the signature. A one-of-a-kind and eerie relic from the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s. RRAuction COA.
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