Rarely found in this pristine condition, the head, hands and shoes are constructed of tenite, which was an early hard plastic. This African-American male pappy is 14 inches long and is all-original, even retaining his original strings and wooden "airplane" marionette controls. The latest patent date on the "airplane" label indicates that this puppet was produced in 1938. His smiling face is wonderful--and his life-like wool hair add to his character!
The Hazelle Company was a puppet-making company located in Kansas City, Missouri. The company began making hand puppets and marionettes in 1932, and it continued operations for the next 43 years. The founder, Hazelle Rollins, passed away in 1984, nine years after the company closed its doors.
A unique opportunity to acquire a superb, vintage, Black Memorabilia Marionette! Please see the companion Hazelle Little Black Girl and Boy Hand Puppets as well as the other 3 African-American themed Marionettes also offered! Photos of the 4 Hazelle Marionette puppets currently offered for purchase are featured here.
Please note that any white spots seen in the photos of the marionette are the result of photo flash glare, not a condition problem.
This 32 page, Pre-Primer called "Everyday Doings" written by Julia Letheld Hahn, was published in 1935 by the Houghton Mifflin Company, and was acquired for use by the York, Pennsylvania, School District in 1936 (see ink stampings to front cover).
In wonderful condition with absolutely no evidence of use, this booklet was one workbook within the Child Development Series of Houghton Mifflin Early Readers.
The interior front cover page lists the table of contents and the interior back cover page lists instructional suggestions "For The Teacher".
A selection of photos are offered to show the colored interior pages, each of which holds a particular title and 4 numbered drawings related to the subject title. These pages were undoubtedly used by the teacher to promote in her young students, thought, creativity, verbal expressive ability, and the development of both vocabulary and sequential thinking ability, to name a few of the necessary reading readiness skills!
A rarely found, early 20th century teaching tool as these workbooks were designed to be used and then discarded!
Please disregard any white spots or lines or areas which appear to be lighter than the rest of the page. All color is even throughout with no fading. These photo imperfections are simply due to sunlight reflections.
Circa 1920-30’s, the chalk box features a sliding wooden top and carries further advertising on one side printed in matching cobalt blue print. Box measures 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 3.75 inches and is constructed of machine cut hinges. In pristine condition and an increasingly difficult collectible to find!
In very nice condition with minor scratches to paint here and there as seen in photos, this wind-up toy works, but can be a little fussy. Given its 100+ years of age, a bit of fussiness in the mechanism is not atypical or unexpected. Marked "TOMBO" Alabama Coon Jigger Trademark Strauss Mfg Co New York USA; US Patent May 24, 1910. The figure, itself, is 8.25 inches high.
This fabulous toy is a CLASSIC MUST-HAVE for the avid Black Memorabilia Toy collector!
The character of Rastus was based on an actual person- a black waiter from Chicago- who was paid $5 for the use of his image by Colonel Mapes, the General Manager of the Nabisco Company, the owner of Cream of Wheat. The company began using the waiter’s image in the early 1900’s, replacing the original woodcut of a black chef that appeared on the packaging from 1894 until that time. Interestingly from a social and historical perspective, the depiction of the ever-pleasant, always-smiling Rastus was both a subtle yet positive departure from the extremely derogatory advertising much more typical of the era- advertising that nearly always featured blacks with wildly contorted and exaggerated features most often in very undignified poses and predicaments.
This beautiful puzzle, which is in excellent condition, is attractively framed in a hardwood molding colored in walnut, ebony and gold. The puzzle frame is original to the puzzle, and it is contemporary to the production date of the puzzle as it still retains its original wood panel backing, a framing technique not typically found after 1910. The puzzle pieces, themselves, are very finely and delicately cut, and are of a much smaller size than what is typically found in puzzles dating from the 1920’s and beyond.
A phenomenal piece that would be a centerpiece to any serious Black Americana, Advertising, or Cream of Wheat collection!
PLEASE NOTE: Any discoloration, white spots, or other unnatural variances in color are due to the unavoidable light reflections caused by the glass in the framing. The presence of the glass made photography quite a challenge!
Constructed of metal with green printing, this circa 1920's sign reads: "HARLEM, Austin's Only Exclusive Colored Theatre, Telephone 83?5?33".
The sign remains in all-original condition inclusive of two holes designed to facilitate the posting of the sign upon a surface.
Quite possibly the ONLY sign remaining extant from this particular, racially segregated establishment. An historically significant piece!
Hardcover, 454 pages; very fine condition: no foxing, tight binding, corner edge wear to covers, pencil inscription on frontispiece, dirt stain to exterior edge of book pages visible when book is closed- does not penetrate pages.
A delightful addition a School Memorabilia or Santa collection!
Her cute face is composed of pearl button eyes with red fabric mouth. She wears a flowered bandanna and a pale blue apron over her pale blue patterned dress. Her clothes are odor and stain free and are nicely constructed--note fancy sleeve detail!
Just love her size!!! Odor-free---- ready to be displayed in your collection!! She is one of 4 offered bottle dolls all coming from the same estate--and all priced separately (see group photo).
This incredible slave collar speaks for itself, opening yet another small window into the history of African-American slavery. The collar is labeled with the enterprise's business name, Ross and Drum, out of Florence, South Carolina (SC), and is dated 1846. This enterprise was likely involved in the trading and auctioning of African-American slaves given its pronouncement of the phrasing "Negroes &" on the metal plate of the collar. The "&" likely implied the service of selling all "other" manner of estate "property" from land to livestock. Slaves- or Negroes as they were commonly referred to in the "slave states"- were considered "property", not human beings.
Measuring approximately 33 inches in length, the collar band is constructed of thick, sturdy leather, upon which is fastened a brass-appearing, engraved plaque, with ten, hand-forged, iron links forming the chain. Two circular, iron loops appear at either end of the leather collar. The collar weighs a hefty 1.6 lbs.
The slave collar plaque, ironically, is decoratively etched and features two crosses and two Masonry symbols, along with other symbolic engravings.
A stunning and important museum-quality offering without question!
The 3 game piece rings are constructed of heavy hemp rope with a painted wooden bead- each rope bead a different color. The pole, upon which one attempts to toss the ring, is all wood.
all of the game pieces and game box cover retain their rich, original colors! Condition of the game, absent the missing box, is quite fine. Very minimal wear to game pieces makes on wonder if they have ever been used; slight, light stain to right side of box cover.
A fabulous vintage toy!
This wonderful Depression Era piece features a whimsical 10 inch long cutout figure of a little wooden black girl with hand-painted smiling mouth and eyes! She is dressed in a hand-stitched cotton costume that has been stuffed with scrap fabric.
Her feet feature two brass-finish hooks, presumably to either hang keys or pot holders from. Her ears each have a punched out hole--whether this is functional or purely decorative remains a mystery. A small brass hoop threaded through a piece of fabric which was then tacked to the back of the girl's head facilitates hanging on a wall. Overall condition is fine with age-related soiling to the dress and minor paint wear typical of a 70 year-old-piece.
One of my favorite hand-made pieces with true folk art appeal!
ENTIRELY hand-stitched, this gent is dressed in fancy striped pants, straw shoes and hat, green belt, and in a navy blue and white polka dot shirt with a tiny breast pocket that holds a teeny pack of CAMEL cigarettes, labeled with a "C"! His outfit is topped off with a red tie that is held in place by a bean tie tack!
His face is hand-stitched with careful attention noted to the creation of his molded, 3-D nose. The weather must be warm as he wearily wipes his hot neck with a red and tan checked handkerchief!
A delightful African-American Southern character doll!
While mourning jewelry in general is not at all prolific on the antiques market today, coming upon a Mourning Brooch immortalizing a Black American is truly a RARE find!
This brass brooch is in fine original condition and celebrates the memory of a smiling black woman clutching a bouquet of flowers. This brooch is further enhanced with a delicate twisted braid around its circumference.
The photograph is gray/black toned and is in fine condition!
A truly RARE piece of Black Americana!
What makes this document specifically unique is that this sale of an African American slave for life was conducted between two members of the Native American Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma!
Current research documents the active involvement of the Choctaw Nation in the American Slave Trade, describing the Choctaw Nation’s very close alignment with the Southern Confederacy during the Civil War. A formal alliance with the Confederacy appears to have been dominantly influenced by their slaveholding and thus, their connection with Southern identity, but it has been proposed by some scholars that this alliance was also influenced by financial concerns, as was also the case for the Southern states. The involvement of the Choctaw Nation in the Slave Trade would be an very interesting topic of further research.
An additional aspect is that the slave is being sold by a FEMALE, Sotty James, to a male buyer, Thomson McKinney.
The document is framed, measuring approximately 13 inches wide x 14 1/2 inches long. It was purchased in its framed state, so the reverse side cannot be described. The document is in very fine condition with typical fold marks evident. There are no rips or foxing evident. The upper left hand corner is embossed with the stationers mark which reads as follows:
Know all men by these presents that I Sotty (or Lotty) James of Perry County , Choctaw Nation, have this 12th day of March A D 1855, for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand dollars to me in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, bargained, sold and delivered unto Thomson McKinney of Scullyville County Choctaw Nation, a certain negro man named Ingmon, aged about twenty two years, slave for life. I do moreover hereby warrant and defend the title to the said Ingmon thus conveyed unto the said Thomson McKinney, his heirs and assigns against the legal claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the day and date first above written.
In presence of, William Wilson, Davis James---and Sotty or Lotty James, the word, “Seal” --- her mark, an "X", as she cannot, evidently, read or write.
A rare piece of ephemera significant to both Black Americana and Native American cultural history.
Three plates remain available for purchase: Plate #3, "Pondering on the Porch", Plate #6, "Gossiping in the Alcove, and Plate #8, "Flirting in the Parlor". Each are priced at $28.00. They are in excellent condition and measure 8.50 inches in diameter. Any white spots or fuzziness in photos are either flash or natural light reflection-- all plate colors are uniform, bright, and vividly clear.
The Norman Rockwell "Rediscovered Women" series plates were limited to 150 firing days, are individually numbered, and are certified as a "True Rockwell Classic" by the Rockwell Society of America. Each plate is bordered with the same gold gilt accented design. The complete series included 12 plates in total that were produced over a four year period.
From 1901-1924, Bruckner produced this original, 12" Topsy Turvy doll for Horsman's Babyland Rag Doll line that features Caucasian, "Betty", on one end and African American, "Topsy", on the other. The inspiration for this doll is based on the character of Topsy in Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic 1852 novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
The Bruckner Topsy Turvy doll was advertised in a 1907 Babyland Rag Doll catalog as follows:
"TOPSY-TURVY---What is this?
Looks like just a pretty miss.
But turn her over and you'll find,
She is quite another kind.
First she's White and then she's Black,
Turn her over and turn her back.
Topsy that side--Betty this--
Yet complete, each little Miss."
The detail on this hard to find classic doll is lovely. Both heads indeed have the pressed, molded mask faces with lithographed features. Topsy's face is in mint condition! Betty's face is very fine with superficial rubs to the flesh-toned coating of her mask; her lithographed facial features, however, remain beautiful. (Such rubs are not unexpected as these particular doll masks are, unfortunately, prone to rubbing.)
Grinning Topsy has red bows tied to her black mohair braided pigtails which are tucked into her red headscarf. Her red blouse, which matches her head scarf, is trimmed with cream banding around the sleeve and neck edges. The cream scarf she wears around her shoulders tucks into her very full, red/cream checked, gingham skirt. Flip her over, and....
Betty's more subtle Anglo face and her hair are lithographed. She wears the same red/cream checked gingham fabric of which both her dress and ruffled bonnet are constructed. Over her very full gingham dress, Betty also wears a sheer, ruffled pinafore.
Both dolls have the typical "mitten" hands of the stuffed rag dolls of this era. There are no other difficulties to report other than the rubs to Betty's face and some tiny, stray (original) glue spots here and there. No rips, tears, soiling, or odors, and she has been stored in a smoke-free home. The photos show it all- these two girls are a charming pair! A very difficult to find doll in near excellent condition!
Featuring a delightful, cartoon-like caricature of a black man, this board is in very good condition with minor edge wear, slight age-discoloration and a crease to the rim at the left end of the hat.
An interesting, seldom-found piece of Black Memorabilia!
Please disregard reflections in photos that are due to the presence of protective plastic wrap.