[Annotated Photograph of Seven Young Boys in Blackface and Dresses, Captioned on Front in Autograph "Seven Little Pickaninies"]
New Paris, OH: np, 1899. Sepia studio portrait, approx. 6" x 8.5" on a larger mount. With extensive early holograph annotations to lower margin and verso. Spotted and foxed with small chip to one corner of photo. With a later Richmond, Indiana address stamp and collector's accession number in ink on verso. Good, sound condition. (Item ID: 12903)
A dreadfully evocative racist relic of American popular entertainment. Purchased from a colleague who seemed glad to be rid of it. "Now it's your problem," he said. Holograph notation on verso explains: "Year 1899. Cantata 'Convention to Santa Land,' Played by the Methodist Sunday School in the old Public Church on Cherry St. New Paris, O," with the lyrics to the dialect song, "Lulaby [sic] by Pickaninnies," and a few other annotation, including the names of the "players." From the thankfully bygone days when Sunday school and Christmas meant ugly caricature and perpetuation of racial superiority.