This doll depicts the black stick or kindling gatherer. He holds a bunch of sticks tied together with string that has been flung over his right shoulder. In his left hand, he holds a wooden walking stick. This is an older gentleman who wears a straw hat, gray beard and hair and has embroidered facial features –most characteristic of these dolls. Also characteristic of this type of doll is a small square of asphalt shingle glued to the feet to serve as a stand. This gent has lost his shingle stand but the remnants are still visible glued to the bottom of his leather shoes. Clothing is machine-sewn cotton with careful detailing right down to the patch on his left knee and the red hanker chief poking out of his right pocket. His body is brown cotton stuffed with cotton batting.
A very special doll that takes a snapshot of history in capturing the life of the poor southern black of the Depression era.
In utterly excellent condition with the only flaw noted being pencil scribble to the back cover, this version of Little Black Sambo is seldom found on today’s market given the delicate nature of its thick paper pages. Both the black and white as well as color illustrations are superb!
A must have edition for the collector of Little Black Sambo books!
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He is in very fine condition with a smattering of teeny superficial dings to the front side paint surface as well as some very superficial rusting here and there. The backside of the spoon rest is perfect and looks as though it came right out of the factory just yesterday!
The following is imprinted on the backside: “Compliments The Toledo Stove And Range Co”, documenting the spoon rest’s original function- continuous promotional advertising presented as a free giveaway to buyers purchasing the company’s products!
Offered separately is the equally rare companion piece- The Black Mammy Spoon Rest from Toledo Stove and Range! A fortuitous opportunity to acquire a very rare Black Memorabilia pair!
In bright red and white paint, the sign advertises the "Booker T Colored Motel" of Humboldt, Tennessee. The motel name is clearly a reference to the honorable Booker T. Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) who was freed from slavery as a child at the end of the Civil war as a result of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution which officially abolished slavery. Booker T. Washington, an important educator and author, became a dominant figure in the African-American community advocating education as the pathway to a better life for African-Americans as well as the use of peaceful pathways to gain rights for the African-American community.
Measuring 24 inches wide x 15.5 inches high, the sign is in fine condition with minor and typical signs of age: some subtle crimping to the metal as well as some evidence of superficial rusting as noted in photos.
This important artifact displays easily and is quite visually appealing! A wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of history!
To the collector of Helen Bannerman books, no collection is considered complete without a copy of each of the “Sambo” books:
Sambo and the Twins
The Story of Little Black Mingo
The Story of Little Black Quasha
The Story of Little Black Quibba
and in French, Histoire du Petit Negre Sambo.
All are quite difficult to find in any condition!
This 1937 copy of “Little Black Quasha” published by Frederick A. Stokes of New York, is in quite fine condition with tight binding, tight pages, no rips or tears! Despite the very tight binding, it appears that the first 14 pages, which would include blank, preface and title pages, are missing. Only a very few pages of the actual story itself are absent, as this book begins with the page in which Quasha is given an earned coin and she runs off to see what she can purchase with it-- with the grisly adventures unfolding from there! Please view all photos for condition representation.
The story itself is truly quite violent and frightening in both text and in drawings involving animal drownings and animal death, replete with explicit red, bloody pictures to accompany the tale! And this was bedtime reading for children!!!!
A very, very RARE book despite the absent pages- and the only copy available in my extensive stock of Black Memorabilia!!!
Please peruse my website for other rare, vintage, "Little Black Sambo" books!
Measuring 1.5 inches long x 1 inch wide, this sharpener depicts a derogatory caricature of a Black Man. The glaring eyes are painted a stark white with teeny black pupils, while the red painted lips surround the pencil sharpener blade which takes the place of the man's teeth. Curly molded hair and eyebrows are painted black, while the face is painted brown- inside and out.
The pencil sharpener is stamped GERMANY on the back inside.
Condition is quite fine with approximately 80% (a conservative estimate) of the original paint remaining. There is no repaint! The paint is worn in expected areas, with the majority of paint wear seen on the sides of the face and bottom of the chin where one would grasp the sharpener. Facial feature paint is strong. Brown paint on the inside/back of sharpener is 100%!
Germany apparently made a good steel blade as the sharpener still works!
Complete with functional locking mechanism and -even more scarcely found- a working key, this seldom found piece remains in excellent, all-original condition and stands as a horrid, tangible testament to the malevolence of slavery.
The collar is constructed of two, hefty, separate, semi-circular pieces of iron that are hinged together via a thick iron pin that has a "head" on either end preventing the two pieces from separating. While the interior of the collar is plain, the exterior, very unusually, has been "decorated" with incised diagonal lines cut between horizontal, incised banding at the top and bottom of each piece (see photos). The collar, thus, opens and closes at only one end.
The collar is locked and unlocked via a hand-forged locking mechanism that, amazingly, retains its original key--- an extraordinarily rare occurrence today as typically the key has been long ago lost. The locking mechanism remains smooth and is readily operable. It is unlocked by fully inserting the key and slowly turning it to the right until the pin holding the lock in place is released. To lock, reinsert the open hinge into the lock and hold in place while turning the key to the left.
An excellent and rare example of an artifact of slavery- a material reminder of the malevolence and cruelty suffered by African-Americans in 17th, 18th, and 19th century America.
Measuring 11 inches by 25 inches wide, the piece is signed in the lower right corner, "Copyright by McCrary & Branson 189_ Knoxville, Tenn.", with the numeral 7 gone due to missing bits of the paper edge. Research has documented the copyright date of 1897.
The condition is very fine and all-original including the wooden frame and wooden backing. The glass is a replacement. There is some minor water damage here and there along the lower edge as documented in photos which does not impact the image. Some minor paper edge loss is noted in photos.
Indeed, an extraordinarily powerful and historic piece!
This particular tin hails from the latter period, and it still retains remnants of its paper Federal Revenue Tobacco seal, indicating a manufacture date of January 26, 1926.
This image was used by The American Tobacco Company of Wisconsin to sell their product; the lithographed tin was manufactured by the B. Leidersdorf Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Measuring 7 inches high x 5 ¾ inches wide, the condition of the tin is an 8.5 out of 10--- sporting a superb lithograph on both sides with minor and superficial scratches and abrasions along with tiny areas of paint loss on the front side image (please see photos for condition) and on the backside. Some very faint evidence of very superficial rust is noted on the cover and on the base of the tin with absolutely no impact to structural integrity. The inside of the tin is clean with some minor tarnish evident.
The original orange color of the tin remains consistent. The tin has three or four small areas where it has been pushed in slightly but these are difficult to see with the eye and even more difficult to capture with a camera lens. All of the imperfections are reasonable and expected given the age of this piece--- 80+ years!! This tin is just a wonderful example of early 1920s Black Americana and looks so much better "in person" than I was able to capture with my camera lens!
Shortly after this tin's manufacture (just one month later!!), the American Tobacco Company had changed the name of its product from NIGGER HAIR to BIGGER HAIR tobacco as it was felt that the previous moniker had become much less socially acceptable. At that time, the material out of which the tobacco container was constructed was changed from tin to heavy cardboard.
Truly an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black Memorabilia seldom found in this great condition complete with bail handle and lid! (Soft tissue paper has been wrapped around the bail handle to prevent any further scratching to the tin exterior.)
***For the ultimate collector of Nigger Hair Tobacco tins, the extraordinarily rare, Bigger Hair Tobacco container is offered for sale separately and is featured in the last two photos of this listing. The addition of the Bigger Hair container will complete your collection from both a cultural and historical perspective! *** Type "tobacco" in the SEARCH box to locate it.
Cheerily entitled, “Down Where The Cotton Blossoms Grow”, the scene encapsulates a moment in time in the life of poor, southern, Black folk living as part of a tenant farming family in a wooden cabin at the edge of a expansive cotton field. A young, barefoot black boy and his graying mama are caught in a happy moment smiling and dancing next to a freshly-picked burlap bag of cotton.
This artwork has been completed on a tightly woven piece of tan cotton, with the outline of the basic design either pre-stenciled or hand-painted with black India ink. (Without removing the piece from its frame and examining it under the stronger power of a microscope, this is difficult to determine.)
The artist then used watercolors to paint in the broad areas of color prior to using embroidery cotton and silk thread to stitch the title, and to outline the trees, the landscape, the wooden cabin, the two black figures and their clothing, etc. The final touch was to paint in the cotton blossoms and aspects of the folk’s facial features with a white oil paint. The result is a larger scale, utterly charming Folk Art Black Americana scene!
The condition of the piece, which is framed under glass, is excellent with no staining, tears, or other damage to the cotton fabric. The original solid oak frame shows some scuffing and subtle traces of paint. The original wood backing remains as well as several original square head nails.
This piece is truly a unique example of traditional, late 19th century, American Folk Art! Coupled with its Black Americana theme, this artistic rendering is a rare and precious offering!
This colorful paper broadside measures approximately 10.5 inches wide x 15.25 inches, and framed, measures 17 inches wide x 22 inches long. The poster or broadside is in excellent condition with the exception of a small, 1.5 inch long crease line above the top of the gray side of the model under the word "hair'. Otherwise wonderful!!
This piece has been matted and framed for some time and most recently hung on a wall in a Florida restaurant. To deter pilferage, the frame was actually screwed into the wall and as such, has evidence of minor puttying and repainting restoration where the two little screw holes were in the frame. The new owner may wish to continue restoration or simply leave the frame as is!
This poster is rarely found in the antiques market today, and due to its striking imagery and coloring, is destined to become a most delightful and decorative room focal point!!