Fannie Mae Duncan, who owned a cafe and bar called the Cotton Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sitting on a bed with a cashbox - and a handgun - counting daily receipts in 1955. Ms. Duncan, who died in 2005, was born Fannie Mae Bragg 95 years ago today on July 5, 1918 in Luther, Oklahoma. She ran her Cotton Club from 1948 to 1975 and hosted such icons as Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday and BB King. Photo: Lew Tilley via Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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