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Advertising, Fireworks, Celebrations, Fourth of July, Catalogs, Racism
New York: Butler Brothers, 1905. A 1905 catalog printed in red and blue, advertising fireworks just in time for the Fourth of July. Types of fireworks advertised include: "Chinese 'Mandarin Chop' Fire Cracker"; "Roman Candle"; "Devil Among the Tailors"; and "Serpents or N****r Chaser", among others. Flag poles, bunting, and.....
menu, program, racism, Hotel Men's Mutual Benefit Association, Crawford House
May 27th, 1898. A single-fold 12" x 9" menu and programme for an annual meeting of the Hotel Men's Mutual Benefit Association. Stereotypical racist imagery of a banjo player and dancer on the front cover. The blatant racism persists on the Programme and Menu page within. Each menu course is.....
Stereotypes, Racism, Performances, Minstrelsy, Black America, Song and Dance
United States: 1829-19074.19. A gathering of twenty-three (23) items promoting performances by and/or exploiting Black entertainers spanning the years 1829 and 1907. Most of the items are sheet music, with one printed flyer and one illustrated printed flyer. White people in black face and Minstrelsy are well represented, as well.....
Zoos and Aquariums, Boston, Advertising, Performing Arts, Racism
Boston: Boston Zoological Society, 1897. The Boston Zoological Society's "Zoo Bulletin" for October 18, 1897, featuring a variety of diverting offerings including: the feeding of sea lions and carnivora; glee performances; and an upcoming exhibit of polar bears, "Direct from Hagenbeck's, at Hamburg, Germany". Also included are some more disturbing.....
slavery, abolitionist, antislavery, Jonathan Walker, John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell, poem, Centennial Exposition
Philadelphia, PA: . An antislavery circular in two parts. The first is advertising the story of Captain Jonathan Walker (1799-1878), an abolitionist who was branded with "S.S." as part of his punishment for attempting to help several slaves escape to the West Indies. The brand was supposed to mean "Slave.....
Stereotypes, Racism, Performances, Side Shows
New York, New York: J.M. Elliott, c1839. A fascinating printed poster documenting the touring show of the "original" Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The show was titled "The United Brothers, Chang-Eng". The brothers were born in Siam (now Thailand) in 1811, and popularized the term "Siamese Twins" via their.....
Circus, Entertainment, Songster, Dime Hand Book, Racism
New York: William H. Murphy, . 37 pp. . A wide array of songs. Many with writer's name and copyright year (mostly 1889) Last page and back wrapper promotes Merchant's Oil products. Measures 6 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Racism, Stereotyping, Black, Advertising
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.....
Missionary reports and serials,Colonialism,Imperialism,ABCFM , ABAA-RBMS-2023
Boston, Massachusetts: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1844. Vol. XL, Nos. 4, 6, and 7 of The Missionary Herald, a serial published in Boston by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). The present issue publishes news from their members doing missionary work in Africa, the.....
Public Health,Marriage,Venereal Disease , ABAA-RBMS-2023
North Dakota Department of Public Health, 1913. A disturbingly ableist and discriminatory booklet published for the general public, warning against syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections by claiming that "feeble-minded", weak, "sexually immoral", or epileptic children are all results of sexual promiscuity and venereal disease. Sexual health as patriotic duty.....
Sexism in Victorian Advertising, Gender Roles
Buffalo, NY: Clay & Co., . A 10 1/2" x 8 3/4" printer's proof (note printer's marks top and bottom). It depicts a woman dressed in a gossamer top exposing the detail of her upper torso carrying a 60 pound case of laundry detergent with a washboard and tub at.....
Printing & Publishing, Lithography, Imps, Race and Racism, Chromolithography
United States: 1901. Ten (10) vibrant two-sided chromolithograph prints advertising printing inks, dry colors, varnishes, bronze powders, and paper, with one advertising a company offering engraving, electrotyping, and photography. Four (4) different companies are represented in this grouping including the Ault & Wiborg Company, J. Manz, Jaenecke Printing Ink Co......
Children's Art, Stereotypes, Minstrelsy, Original Artwork
United States: c1900. Naive children's painting on laid paper (5" by 6.75") labeled in pencil: "This is big Ben Green". "Ben Green" appears to be a man in black face or a Minstrel-type character smoking a cigar while riding a donkey. Typical African stereotyping.
Violence Against Women,History of Film,Silent Movies,Starlets of the Silver Screen,Chastity,Male Savior Syndrome,Triangle Motion Picture Company,Racism,Anti-Arab Sentiment
[Minneapolis, Minnesota]: Friedman Film Corporation, . Modesty is kicked to the curb in this flashy illustrated advertisement for a showing of "Wars' Women", a self-described "stupendous" 1915 silent film starring Enid Markey denouncing violence towards the "weaker sex" in times of war. "Wars' Women" appears to be a lost film.....
police, civil rights, law, aclu, non profit, legal., Q & A
Providence, RI: American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Rhode Island, . A 'Q & A' pamphlet provided by the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) on what to do when you are stopped by the police. The pamphlet has been broken up into three sections: 'If You Are.....
Anti-Integration, Racism, Social Welfare
Richmond, VA: The Patrick Henry Press, 1965. 26pp. Black and white illustrated wrapper. Cover depicts a checkerboard school house with an American flag flying above. Contents include Part I - The Intelligence of Public School Children The Florida Study, The Georgia Study, Project Talent Part II - Three Examples of.....
Stereotypes and Racism, Lithography, Anti-Chinese Sentiment, American West
[Chicago, Illinois]: Western News Co., 1870. First printing of "The Heathen Chinee", subtitled "Plain Language from Truthful James", a series of nine (9) lithographic plates based on the narrative poem by Bret Harte (1836-1902). Steeped in Anti-Chinese sentiment, the plates tell the story of a Chinese immigrant named "Ah Sin".....