New York, NY (nd. Ca.1890): Arbuckle Bros. 3" X 5" The racism that was popular in the North that demeaned blacks as objects of pleasure to amuse the white population which clearly was thought to be superior. The card, measuring 3" x 5", describes the three scenes on the front of the card as follows: (1) Banjo player with little girl dancing; (2) Nicely dressed couple doing the Cake Walk; (3) Two blacks at night with torch hunting possums. As the card notes: The Negro is a child of nature... entertaining...a born humorist. Then it describes the three scenes: Possum hunting is much practiced in the warmer portions of this country by the negroes….the daintiest of dishes to their taste...The Cake-walk ... is an entertaining amusement...Human nature is so constituted that this challenge is accepted by most of the young negroes...The banjo is the favorite instrument of the negro and adds to the gayety of his home life in the cabin...he teaches his young pickaninny to make their crude steps in harmony with his music. The bones and the tambourine, rude and elementary as they are, played by Negroes as accompaniments to their vocal music, add much that is pleasing to the effect. Advertising Memorabilia for Arbuckle Brothers Coffee.
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