[Humorous map] Eagle's-Eye View of Weber City (inc.)
by Brown, Andrew, "mapmaker". Charles J. Correll and Freeman F. Gosden, actors who played Amos and Andy on radio
Chicago: Pepsodent Co. Printed by Gwindell Printing Co. Inc., 1935. First edition. Envelope. Fine. Colorful mock map of fictional town where Amos and Andy resided. The folding map, which came in an envelope with a "letter, both of which are included here, measures 38.5 by 50 cm, and it was issued by the popular radio program's sponsor, Pepsodent. The show, in its original incarnation, was overtly Rascist, playing into stereotypes of simple-minded, clownish, blacks, and the title characters were in fact played by two white actors. In the map there is plenty of the imagery with this same flavor, with the cartoonish denizens looking like buffoonish ants. Still, in a strange way, the town depicted captures something of the fanciful charm of the ideal small town. The map and the insert letter are pristine. The mailing envelope, which features photo images of Correll and Gosden in black face, has an address sticker on it, and light soiling and wear.
(Inventory #: 005365)
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