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A Collection of 59 items Exemplifying the Denigration of Black Americans in Early Advertising

Institutional sale only - to be contextualized for educational purposes.

1880s-1890s. This collection of mostly 19th century advertising trade cards and labels is a representative sample of the demeaning and insulting portrayals used in advertising. It demonstrates extreme stereotyping, racism and satirizing of appearance, speech and actions. It includes portrayals of minstrels, field workers, cooks, philanderers, individuals without proper shoes and clothing, violent or nonsensical activities, thievery, being the brunt of the prank and more all in the name of selling product and maintaining "the upper hand".

One item of particular note is one of the few 20th Century items in the collection, a die-cut menu for "Coon-Chicken Inn" operated coast to coast from the 1920s - 1950. The collection includes 59 different pieces. Overall excellent; few light bends.

Price: $5,500.00

Item #8500015

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