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SAVING SINNERS, SCENE ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI" showing many black people
witnessing a baptism by immersion, Phostint postcard from Detroit
Photographic, mailed from Slidell Louisiana, corner crease, mild corner
wear. Unusual subject matter. SALE IN PROGRESS bdr*
"107 'HUNTING' IN DIXIELAND / 104819" showing 3 black girls, one looking at another's hair outside, white-border era from Asheville Post Card Company, mailed 1931, curling paper, extensive soil along one short edge, lightly toned back, as is. $1.00 b*
"1809 - 1865 / Abraham Lincoln // A house divided / against itself / cannot endure / permanently half / slave and half free." with his portrait & quote within an embossed framework of roses; unused postcard, a little toning along the top back edge, otherwise fresh. Numbered 726/5 on back. $3.75 lb
"2191 HER FIRST LESSON" art signed HH depicting a black woman trying to roller skate, unused postcard with 1907 copyright published by Ullman, 3 internal creases (1-inch or shorter), lightly toned both sides. Amazing someone would sign their name to such a disgusting piece of social history. $4.00 a(h)b
"4. A SOUTHERN EXPRESS" showing a large black lady standing next to a goat card; unused early C. T. American Art white-border era postcard, circa 1911 (printers code on back A-31589), minor corner wear & rounding, back paper starting to show its age. SALE IN PROGRESS uab
"6330. A HORSELESS CARRIAGE. COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY DETROIT PHOTOGRAPHIC CO." showing 2 small black children in an ox cart, postcard with undivided back, paper yellowing evenly with age, faint album impressions at the corners, number written neatly in the stamp box may not erase well. $5.50 bdu
"Administration Building, State Teachers College, Florence, Ala. 2138-30" unused linen-era postcard made only by Curt Teich & Co., two small areas of light toning on back. America's first state-supported educational institution for blacks, it is now known as Alabama State University. $2.75 a(f)c(a)eb
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"Aerial View / PINEY WOODS SCHOOL / PINEY WOODS, MISS." with each of its buildings labeled--e.g., each workshop, boy's & girl's dorms, and library; unused Curteich linen postcard with good edges. Circa 1956. As back points out it does not, however, show their new post office. This is a historically black boarding school which successfully dealt with many at-risk middle- & high-school students, sending most on to college. $6.00 mbs
"Aerial View / PINEY WOODS SCHOOL / PINEY WOODS, MISS." with each of its buildings labeled--e.g., each workshop, boy's & girls dorms, and library; unused chrome postcard with good edges. No text on back about post office & post office not shown; Curteich reprinted the postcard when they had one but did not change the image. This is a historically black boarding school which successfully dealt with many at-risk middle- & high school students, sending most on to college. $2.75 mbs
"'A Joy Ride in Florida'" showing 9 black children drawn to be riding the back of a monstrous long alligator, white-border era postcard from E. C. Kropp Company, mailed DEC 6 1919 (partial JACK. & ST. PETERSBURG TR38 R.P.O. cancel remains after stamp removal) to Mrs. Mary A. Rector in Hanover Ohio c/o Minnie B. Rector by her grandchild Anna Marie Good, spotty toning both sides, corner wear & rounding. $3.00 bgf
"Barber Memorial Seminary, Anniston, Ala." in an exterior corner view, white-border era post card, corner & edge wear, 3 corners creased in border. This school for black girls was dedicated in February 1898 from a fund left by Mrs. Elizabeth Barber. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 abg(b)e
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"BICYCLISTS' GROUP ON MINERVA TERRACE, / YELLOWSTONE PARK, 1896 / PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK JAY HAYNES" showing a group of 8 black Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment who covered 1000 miles in 21 days, led by Second Lieutenant James A. Moss (at the top), unused continental post card in excellent condition. Their trip proved the military usefulness of the bicycle in a variety of rugged terrains & inclement weather. $3.75 ybbpm(a)*
"Charles Denby / CIGARS / 10¢ VALUE 5¢ / H. H. SERRER & SON / World's Best HAZEL SCRAP 5" parked delivery truck (shown left) with an illustration of a black bellboy (detail shown right); approximately 6-1/2-inch by 9-1/2-inch photograph with excellent focus & contrast, paste residue on back. Serrer was a Cleveland company a long time in operations, but photos pertaining to it are rare. The cigar company was out of Evansville Indiana. $20.00 o(c)tbgti
"Collection 'PORTRAITS DE CINEMA' (2e série) / 6. Gérard Pillon, Ella Fitzgerald, Festival du Jazz, Antibes (1978)" singing into microphone, unused black & white continental, trivial corner wear. $1.50 wb
"Compliments of the / Domestic Sewing Machine Co." advertising card with goat eating a black man's finery while black women & children listen to him, brief ad of Henry J. Mann of Monroe Michigan on the back. $18.00 (abms)
"COPR. DETROIT PUBLISHING CO. / 13403 UNLOADING COTTON, MEMPHIS, TENN." prominently showing blacks rolling the cotton off a sternwheeler, unused Phostint postcard, light toning both sides. $3.00 t(m)b%
"Copyright 1908 By Geo. S. Graves. / HARTFORD, CONN. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Residence A 192" sepia-tone postcard mailed there 1909, stamp removed, mild corner rounding, cancel ink at the upper left front. When living in the Cincinnati area, she authored her best known book 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. $3.75 c(h)ba
"D515:-OLD BLACK JOE / 46737" showing a seated old black man wearing overalls, excellent condition. (2 available) $2.75 each. b%
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"DULANY HALL... / GOODWILL HALL / LAKE McKAY COMMUNITY CLUB" showing their exteriors at the historically black Piney Woods School in Mississippi, circa 1948, unused linen postcard with an unusual design in which the 3 color illustrations are on the address side, excellent condition. This is the historically black boarding school which successfully dealt with many at-risk middle- & high-school students, sending most on to college. $7.00 m(p)bsm
"Ebony Sea / The Story of Igbo's Landing / by Jon Onye Lockard" unused continental postcard publicizing the gallery appearance of the noted black author & painter at a 2004 Columbus Ohio event. Full color both sides--art on front, Lockard on back. Ebony Sea is the title of his children's book, illustrated by his paintings, about early slavery in islands off South Carolina & Georgia. Near mint. $2.00 bsoa
"ECHOES of our / ANCESTORS " unused continental postage-paid publicity postcard for a 2007 Columbus Ohio gallery exhibition of black artists--Robert Stull, Pheoris West, Paul Goodnight, Tom Feelings, Gordon Parks, etc. Full color both sides, near mint. $2.00 bo(c)
"ENTRANCE, MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME / STATE SHRINE, BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY" showing a seated black banjo player entertaining 4 whites standing outside a door, unused chrome, image credited to the Kentucky Department of Public Relations, much pertinent information on back. $1.50 bk
"Entrance to Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Illinois / 9A-H2166" circa 1939 linen postcard, just a little pencil writing near the stamp box, 2 tiny spots of wear on the bottom edge, otherwise fresh. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 614, which included African-Americans (unlike many other such camps) & Camp 1609. $2.25 i(s)b
"Evan Nabrit / Opening Receptions: Nov 1st 6 PM to9Pm" continental publicity card for an exhibition & reception at a Columbus Ohio art gallery, near mint. Full color, each side includes a tasteful nude by the young black artist. nbo(c)
"EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE. / THE NATIONAL BENEFIT LIFE INSURANCE CO., WASHINGTON, D. C." in notably cramped quarters, post card mailed AUG 16 1922 in Baltimore, upper corner creased, minor corner & edge wear, noticeable spotty toning both sides. Information about this Negro life insurance company is sparse; it folded during the Great Depression. Harry McAlpin handled its publicity & advertising during its latter days & might well be in this image; later he became the first African-American reporter at a US Presidential News Conference. We found a useful mention of this company in Mary L. Heen's article 'Ending Jim Crow Life Insurance Rates' in the 2009 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 dbi
"Famous Recipes from Famous Eating Places: No. 13 in a series of 16 / Waldorf-Astoria / ... ICE CREAM PRALINE / ... / SET OF 16 FAMOUS PLACE RECIPES AVAILABLE! / See Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix packages for details" recipe card with quoted text & Aunt Jemima pictured on the back, 2 tiny fingernail indents at the top edge. The painting shown is a depiction of the Starlight Dining Room by Harvey Kidder. $8.00 ri(h)n(n)bf
"FLORIDA OSTRICH FARM. / 'Hurricane' the Fastest Trotting Ostrich in the World, Record 1 / 2 mile 1:07 Minutes" In color, with a black man in the sulky, white-border era, fresh color. $35.00 (obf)
"Freedom Works / October 23, 2004 - February 13, 2005" showing the interior of the Cincinnati Art Museum where artwork created for the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was displayed, unused post card, fairly fresh. $1.25 o(c)mb
"From LACEY LUMBER CO., / CARRIERE, MISS." unused sepia-tone Velox real photo postcard with the violet hand-stamp of the company providing the caption, good focus & interesting composition, minor corner rounding & small corner crease nowhere near the image. Shows a high stack of their freshly-milled ('green' is the trade term) and as-yet-unsalable yellow pine lumber, cleverly positioned in a cross-hatched arrangement so as to air it dry & still preserve the straightness of the cuts. The arrangement was a very labor-intensive process involving Negro workers, 2 of whom are shown--one at the top, the other on the stairs besides where he would hand up (or down) the boards. [The spacing between layers would be less in later times, and a modern mill would use a kiln to cut this several-month airing process into a matter of weeks.] By photographing the pile (and a bit of another pile to the right of it) and placing their name beneath the image, the company was trying to show the onlooker how they took pains to insure the dryness, straightness, strength & regularity of their milled stock. Lacey Lumber was one of the smallest mills to open in the county after the building of the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad in the 1880's. Undoubtedly unique and, because the photo tells us so much, it is quite simply the best Mississippi post card we have ever seen in anyone's stock. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.75 mlb
"GREEN / RIVER // WHISKEY / WITHOUT / A / HEADACHE // 'SHE WAS BRED IN OLD KENTUCKY" 6-sided trade card for the Green River Distilling Company of Owensboro, black man with horse & jug as was on much of their advertising 1899 - 1906 (when another trade mark was registered), long internal crease from the bottom edge to a horse foreleg is not too conspicuous. Hard to find! Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scans in .jpg format. $2.00 either or $3.75 both. k(o)aabh
"Greenville, Miss., / Levy Scene Loading Boat" including several black workers loading white sacks 3-at-a-time, post card from the PCK Series from a photo credited to W. A. Bradley, printed in Germany, unused, faint small bottom corner crease, mild corner wear. Offered elsewhere as high as $15.00, our price is a much more reasonable $12.00. m(g)bp
"Greetings From De Witt, Ark. / Cotton Picking Time" showing the blacks starting to pick, unused chrome from Curteich circa 1958, slight yellowing of the paper with age on back. $1.00 ba(d)a
GULLAH IMAGES FROM ARTIST JONATHAN GREEN
"Amadeus I" NM. $2.00 "Amadeus V' NM. $2.00
"Baby's Nap" NM. $2.00 "Beach Breeze" NM. $2.00
"Beach Music" NM. $2.00 "Corn Field" NM. $2.00
=> Special: free shipping if you buy 9 or more of the above. <=
“HELMUT NEWTON / SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE, 1985.” showing a black lady in a strapless red dress, unused continental postcard, copyrighted, tiny corner bump. The designer wa the first to use black models in catwalk fashion shows. $1.50 bfp
"HISTORIC RANKIN HOME / 'Where Eliza Crossed the Ice' / 'The Hill-Top Lantern'--Underground Railway Station--Abolitionist Center / Home of the Reverend John Rankin, Educator and Abolitionist, Ripley, Ohio" postcard made in the USA for Skyland Press in Asheville NC, mailed APR 2 1939 (RPO cancel) to Miss Helen M. Spare in Keuka Park New York, upper corner crease, a little spotty toning at the top front. Rare: seldom seen or offered. $10.00 bgo(r)
"HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF BLACK DOLLS. An / annual event at the NATIONAL AFRO- / AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL / CENTER" showing numerous examples of such dolls, unused continental postcard, copyrighted, near mint. $1.50 db
"'Honey, We're Waitin' Fo' You-all in Beautiful Florida" showing 2 black babies riding the back of a pelican, E. C. Kroff Co. 1919 copyright, pencil writing on back, small corner crease, one corner badly creased, internal crease, light toning both sides, as is. $1.50 b
"Horticulture Building, I. S. C., Ames, Iowa" showing its exterior, black-and-white postcard with sky tints, mailed there 1914, considerable corner & edge wear. Iowa State's first African-American faculty member worked here at that time; his name was George Washington Carver. $5.00 icbs
"HOTEL / Chautauqua // MR. AND MRS. B. FLETCHER, Props. / ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. / OPPOSITE SLAVE MARKET / ... / NORTHERN COOKING WHITE HELP" mailed there circa 1915, trivial upper corner wear. Rarely seen. $15.00 bf(s)g
"Im Ziel der 400 m: Archie Williams (USA.) (Zweiter von links) siegt vor Brown (Gross-britannien (und Lu Valla (USA.)" Sammelwerk Nr. 14 / OLYMPIA 1936 -- Band II / Bild Nr. 35 Gruppe 61, real photo Olympic souvenir card (no postcard back, slightly smaller than a regular postcard) with much pertinent information on back. Rough translation: "At the finish of the 400 meters: Archie Williams (USA) (second from the left), leads Brown of Great Britain & Lu Valla of the US". African-American winner Williams claimed that Hitler refused to shake his hand, just like he had refused Jesse Owens. $6.00 os(t)bg*
"IN A SOUTHERN HEMP FIELD" circa-1930 postcard showing 3 black men harvesting many tall plants, small corner crease, mild corner wear. Unusual subject matter! Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 bsa
"In the Caribbeans(sic)" showing a seated black woman sewing in a garden near her house, home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1966 at Brookport Illinois. $1.50 b
"JAMES 'KWAME' CLAY" with an example of his framed art in color, postage paid continental postcard publicizing an exhibition at the Art Consortium's African American Museum in Cincinnati Ohio, near mint. $1.50 bo(c)
"Kiaca Gallery presents... / Mike Fields / SOUL / OF / FOOTBALL" continental publicity postcard for a 2007 Columbus Ohio gallery, near mint. Although unnamed, the subject of the oil-on-canvas artwork is obviously quarterback Troy Smith, Heisman Trophy winner. Mike Fields' first major exhibit. $2.00 o(c)s(f)a(f)c(o)b
"'King Cotton' in Georgia" close-up of a black worker with a wide-brimmed hat picking, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 from Clinton Indiana. $1.75 bg
Lithographed ad card, 1884 Lancaster Ohio County Fair, shows a wagonload of stereotypical blacks, touts $7,219.50 worth of premiums on the front, and gives the times for three trotting races on back. Both sides shown. Expertly repaired corner (about 3 / 4" lower right of image), it has its share of toning, rounded corners & edge nicks. $35.00
"Loading Rice for Export, New Orleans, La." showing many blacks laboring under white supervision, beside the ship Sheppy Allison; circa 1910-1915, edge wear, minor toning at top of back. The ship was registered in 1899 to the Allison Company. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 s(a)bl*##*c
"Log Cabin of John H. Bryant, 1833, Princeton, Ills." unused litho-chrome postcard published by C. J. Dunbar & Company, tiny spot on back near stamp box, faint album marks at corners, good edges, light yellowing of back paper due to age. In 1854 this man invited Abraham Lincoln & Owen Lovejoy to speak at an anti-slave rally in what is now known as Bryant Woods to commemorate the event. Seldom seen. $17.00 iblgh****
"LOPERS PLACE AFTER RIOT AUG 08 / AUTO BURNED SPRINGFIELD" with 'WHITE DENTAL PARLORS' above it & a Bell Telephone sign in front of it; sepia-tone real photo, insignificant corner wear. This scene is after the race riot in Springfield Illinois protesting the removal of 2 black prisoners from the local jail (to a place of relative safety in Bloomington) with the aid of restaurant owner Harry Loper. Numerous black-owned businesses suffered similar fates in the aftermath. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.50 bsgid
"Lots ob good things / Christmas time, / Christmas turkey / an' Christmas wine, / Punkin, mine an' / apple pie--" showing a black butler bearing a tray full of food & more poetry, Tuck Leatherette Post Card Series No. 8, printed in Saxony, mailed 1911 in Michigan, minor corner & edge wear, couple inconsequential tiny ink smears in address. The light-color curve from the turkey & down towards the left edge is either an artistic representation of the food dripping as he is moving forward or a very light scrape that leaves color on the card. $10.00 bctfp%
"'MAN-O-WAR,' THE WONDER HORSE, BRED IN OLD KENTUCKY--K-15" being held by a black, mailed 1950 or 1956, light amount of cancel ink on front. $3.25 (rnb)
"'MAN-O-WAR' THE WONDER HORSE, BRED IN 'OLD KENTUCKY' -- K15" side view with a black handler, unused linen postcard, numbered 6023 near the stamp box, hint of corner wear. $3.50 rnb
"Mit unwahrscheinlich langen Schritten lief der Neger Woodruff dem Ziele der 800 m entgegen" showing the 800 meter race with the eventual winner John Woodruff nearing the finish line, Sammelwerk Nr. 14 / OLYMPIA 1936 -- Band II / Bild Nr. 38 Gruppe 61, real photo Olympic souvenir card (no postcard back, slightly smaller than a regular postcard) with much pertinent information on back. Rough translation: "With improbably long steps the negro Woodruff ran toward the goal of the 800 m." $6.00 os(t)bg
"My Old Kentucky Home. 12805 / The sun shines bright, / In the old Kentucky home / ..." with some of the music & all of the original lyrics (now changed to eliminate a racial epithet which we will not repeat or show here), surrounding an image of a log cabin; postcard mailed 1909 without stamp to Miss Carrie Rudolph in Zanesville Ohio, marked DUE 2 CENTS in violet by the RPO clerk, beautifully centered 2-c postage due stamp cancelled by pen, spotty toning both sides, a lot of corner & edge wear. As is. $2.00 k(g)bm-u(p)
"MY OLD LOG CABIN" including prominently an old black man chopping wood; on back of another image "Cutting, Shocking and Stacking Sugar Can" showing 5 black workers; no postcard back. $1.25 b
"No. 691 A Composite Photo--Typical Southern Wayside--The Army Passes by--Maneuvers of 1942" including prominently 3 black children eating watermelon, post card mailed free from APO #26 (an Engineering Battalion then at Fredericksburg Virginia) SEP 21 1942 by Private Hopf to his grandfather Mr. Julius Hopf of Jersey City New Jersey. Cancel ink in front sky, separated neatly from other postcards at its sides, small bottom corner crease not into the image. Back address area has logo urging citizens to buy war bonds and stamps 'for victory'. $10.00 bgm(a)-a
"Old Natchez, Miss." showing a black maid preparing food by a fireplace, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1963 at Boyers Georgia. $2.00 bm**
"Ouidah: ville d'histoire, de traditions et de culture..." unused multiview continental-size post card with 3 Bénin scenes--L'Arbre de l'Oubli (Tree of Forgetfulness about which slaves were required to revolve) at the left, Porte de non Retour (Gate of No Return) in center & a voodoo tree carving at the right; from Japhet AFFO, one corner with 2 small bends, otherwise excellent condition. The small town of Ouidah is also seen spelled Whydah, Juda & Juida. However you spell it, millions of people were sold into slavery here to Europeans and Arabs since the early 1700's. A rare postcard touching on an important subject: we could find nothing like it, offered or exhibited, when we searched the Internet. $10.00 bbs
"NEGRESSE AVEC ENFANT / COPYRIGHT L. & H. CAIRO" showing a black woman standing with her baby in her arms, color carte postale, very late usage at Felch Michigan, minor corner & edge wear. $4.50 nb
"New Year a la Francaise, / La Guiaunneé celebrants in / Prairie du Rocher" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed there 1956 (clear duplex hand cancel with violet 2-line auxiliary marking of the postmaster there well struck on the back). Celebrants' costumes include Aunt Jemima & cowboy, accompanied by traditional leader dressed in corn husks & his fiddler. This custom dates to Druid times in Europe (when poor singers begged for food), and has been celebrated locally since 1699. Nice! $7.50 inb-i
"NIGHTLY THRU AUGUST 12th IN THE / CIRCUS ROOM THEATER RESTAURANT / THE FABULOUS / MILLS BROS. / EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION / ROY CASTLE / Versatile Star of the Garry Moore Show / ... / COMING AUGUST 13: RAY BOLGER SHOW / featuring PONCIE PONCE" unused black & white publicity postcard for the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada, excellent condition. Necessarily on or after 1957, because John Senior stopped touring with this group from Piqua Ohio, leaving three. Very hard to find! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 mnfbo
"Olympian / Stephanie Hightower / Columbus Ohio appearance" as she addresses a gymnastics crowd there 2 / 15 / 92, 3.5"x5" black & white photo showing her in profile, close-up as she holds the microphone. $3.00 oo(c)b
"On the Rocks of Lake Erie Shore. Put-in-Bay, Ohio" with latter half of the caption added in red, picturing 2 well-dressed black couples holding pennants, the women seated on a large rock; circa-1913 postcard with mild corner & edge wear. Seldom seen, seldom offered! Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(p)b
"Rear View of Slave Quarters / Chief Justice Taney House / Frederick, Maryland" unused real photo postcard with minor oxidation, publisher not given, some album paste adheres in the back address section, slight curl to the paper. Roger Brooke Taney was the fifth Chief Justice of the US, who delivered the majority opinion in the 1857 Dred Scott case that African-Americans could not be considered citizens. Apparently no one objected at the time to his obvious conflict of interest, illustrated by this postcard: a slave owner ruling on whether his slaves were citizens! Amazing stuff! $10.00 bm(f)l
"Rising Sun / Stove Polish / 'I SAY SNOW FLAKE, DAT STOVE WAS BLACKED WITH RISING SUN. DID YOU EBER SEE DE LIKE?'" circa 1888 ad card showing a black couple admiring their image reflected on a stove, attached to album remnant. Advertising card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 (ab)!
"S. & D. T. New York - 110'St.' L.' Station & Curve, highest Point of 'L' Railway. 119447" with horse drawn traffic below, legible advertising for Harlem-based Cowperthwait & Sons. Housekeeping Supplies (one of the earliest businesses to actively cater to & serve the black population of New York City); unused black & white postcard with multicolor printing on the back, tiny upper corner crease, back lightly toned. Do not ask us to explain their punctuation! Rare. $18.50 n(n)bg
See also our postcard listing of the ships of Streckfus Steamers, Incorporated who operated on the Mississippi River. They hired many important black jazz musicians to entertain their passengers, & were among the first to hire integrated bands on riverboats there. The acceptance of those bands played a part in facilitating the northward migration of blacks in the United States.
"Sitting Soft in Dixieland" showing a smiling black youngster seated on a pile of cotton out in a field; on back of another image "Live Oak Trees Draped with Spanish Moss / SOUTHERN REGION--U.-S. FOREST SERVICE PHOTO"; no postcard back. $1.00 bt
"South Carolina" showing 2 black women walking away from a large house, one holding a large basket; well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1965 from Trenton Michigan. $1.75 bs
"Sportsman in Dixieland / PHOTO COURTESY CLINT DAVIS" showing a black youngster with a catch of very small fish, on back of "Springtime in Dixieland" post card taken from a folder. $1.00 bf*
"Strawberry Pickers and Crates, NORFOLK, Va." showing many blacks, many crates & a horse-drawn wagon; postcard with undivided back from A. C. Bosselman, mailed there 1907 (clear Jamestown Celebration cancel), yellowish paper, 2 corners with small creases, lightly toned front, a little extraneous writing on back. $11.00 bva
"STREET STORE IN GHETTO" with 3 vendors in the street facing the sidewalk--a black lady selling shoes & boots, flanked by a black lady selling vegetables & a bearded white man vending something (wares mostly hidden by boxes), horse-drawn wagons parked on the other side of the street in front of a fish market & Abrams storefront. The front edges show a lot of wear, but do not really detract from a myriad of fascinating details. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.75 i(c)bhsg(a)
"Tell the Porter to / Put You Off at / So. St. Paul / Now Don't Forget" with Minnesota town name on yellow felt pennant, cartoon art illustration showing interaction with a black porter on a train, mailed there 1914, ink smear on back, corner wear, partial cancel on front. $5.00 mb*
"THE LEWIS PLANTATION AND TURPENTINE STILL / ON U.S. 41 - BROOKSVILLE, FLA. l-747" the sign shown pointing the way to its cottages & dining room; unused circa-1947 Ekc real photo postcard, noticeable toning in the front center sky. This bizarre roadside ghost recreated the Southern Plantation of the 1800's for the amusement of visitors, replete with every stereotypical black--slaves, mammies, pickaninnies, etc. Now vacant and overgrown, it was a disgusting piece of social history. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. f(b)brs
"THE NIG*ERS HAPPY VALLEY / LLANDUDNO" color showing 12 black musicians performing on an open-air stage in Wales to entertain several hundred people, some standing; in color, unused, edge wear. The most unusual Wales postcard we have ever seen. We refuse to scan this card because of the racial epithet that is in the caption. $20.00 wb%
Uncaptioned Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcard shows a warmly dressed black boy in his pedal car, addressed in pencil but not sent, heavily toned both sides, corner flaked off into 2 pieces which we show & include. As is. $5.00 tbb NEW / NOVA / NEU / NY
Uncaptioned painting reproduction showing a black man playing trumpet near some riverboats while a white boy with trumpet & a black man recline to listen; image itself has vertical crease; it was then made into a home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1962 at Billerica Massachusetts. $1.50 bm
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard sent in an exchange by French Lancaster at Fort Bayard New Mexico (clear AUG 10 1913 DPO hand cancel), slight album toning at the edges & corners. This fort, formerly an outpost of the black 'Buffalo Soldiers', by 1913 was made an Army tuberculosis hospital & research center under the Surgeon General's Department. In 2004 it was declared a National Historic Landmark. The only postcard we have ever seen from there in anyone's stock; perhaps the squalor that you see here will tell you why. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 n(f)m(f)b-n
"V467:-- / My old Kentucky Home / The sun shines bright / In the old Kentucky home. / Tis summer, the darkies are gay; / ..." with the old lyrics of the state song (now changed), showing a group of blacks on a log cabin porch. $7.50 mb*
"Valentine Greetings / Git a move on - - git a move on. / Dark clouds am passin' by." showing 5 black men in overcoats & slouch hats, each carrying a bag; Tuck postcard from their Series 103, mailed 1907 in Washington State, 2 corner creases--one small, one tiny; small numeral written in upper left front corner may erase. We are told this is unsigned Frances Brundage art. In any event, one of the strangest Valentine postcards we have ever seen. $13.50 bvt*
Wanted to buy--post cards & postal cards related to African American tourism in the South, prior to 1970. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio!
Wanted to buy--postcards showing one or more black women either captaining or prominent on private boats. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
"'WELCOME TO GREENVILLE TEXAS" LEE STREET LOOKING EAST" where the Trailways Bus Terminal was opposite a Texaco gas station, linen, mild corner wear, a little cancel ink in the sky. Remarkable banner hung prominently over the street reads 'THE BLACKEST LAND / GREENVILLE WELCOME / THE WHITEST PEOPLE'. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 tbbg##**
"WORKING HARD FOR THE FAMILY DINNER S-430" showing 3 black children fishing at a dock, with a stringer of small fish already caught (a scene that would inspire an engaging painting); on back of another scene "GETTING READY FOR 'HOT-CAKES', OLD FASHIONED METHOD OF SYRUP MAKING IN THE SOUTH" with no blacks; tiny corner crease not into either image, no postcard back. $1.00 bf* Same scene but on the linen postcard shown here, with a tiny corner crease that is hard to notice. $3.50 bf
BLACK HISTORY & CULTURE
35 different post cards with identified blacks on them. All these cards are unused continental size--that is about 4"x6"--in nice condition. Most are famous black musicians (Bessie Smith shown left, Miriam Makeba shown middle, Thelonious Monk shown right, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Eartha Kitt, Bo Diddley, etc.) & there are a few very interesting ones from South Africa. Most are photos done with great sensitivity and skill by famous photographers, and most are dated. Would make a wonderful gift for the right child. Price: $42.50 for all. b
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November 3 1960. How Nixon campaigned for the Negro vote, Ebony show model Terri Springer, Ahmad Jamal opens in Chicago, Rep. Diggs returns from Nigeria, white WAC beaten on suspicion of dating Negroes, Britain to end trusteeship of Tanganyika & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
November 16 1960. French film festival winner is Ebony fashion model, Erroll Garner signs recording pact, Oscar Robertsons rewrites collegiate scoring record, Sammy Davis Jr. opens one-man show, Ghanaian diplomat's children asked to withdraw from New Rochelle New York school & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
March 2 1961. PBX operator Geneva Patch, jailed York South Carolina sit-inners on bread & water, Timmie Rogers on Ed Sullivan show, Reverend Abernathy's land sold in libel judgment, Duke Ellington band members arrested, Paul B. Zuber profile & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
February 14 1962. Dr. King sues record firm, heartbreak of the Campanella family, Leontyne Price signing autographs, prisoner Clyde Kennard, first all-Negro entry to American Bowling Classic, and much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
April 12 1962. Reverend Boddie Day proclaimed in Chicago, NAACP charges PCCEO is ineffective, bias ends at Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, South Africa redefines meaning of 'white' person, Robert Kennedy seeks stronger police brutality laws & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
July 12 1962. Inside a Black Muslim school, Wall Street stockbroker trainee Audrey Smaltz, Jamaica cuts colonial ties, gospel songwriter Lucy E. Campbell honored, Stetson University in Florida integrated, vocalist Barbara McNair on Garry Moore Show & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
February 7 1963. Southern University beauty queen Barbara Vidrine (shown on cover) becomes math teacher, Cassius Clay fights Charley Powell, Los Angeles to get Negro postmaster, James Meredith gets ready to drive back to Jackson Mississippi, Robert Kennedy sues to integrate schools near military bases, Connie Hawkins signs with Harlem Globetrotters, Dr. Whitney Young criticizes Cleveland's residential segregation patterns & much much more. (2 available) $6.00 the complete issue. bc(s)
February 21 1963. Drive to aid hungry Mississippi Negroes, medical laboratory technician Jo Foster, Sidney Poitier--Diahann Carroll romance rumors, Frank Robinson signs record pact with Cincinnati, Miles Davis at press conference & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
April 4 1963. Little Rock 5 years after US troops left, Adam Clayton Powell speech, blues singer Lizzie Miles dies, Henry Carr sets 220-yard dash record, Delta Zeta sorority integrated at Defiance College in Ohio, Kirsten Spencer, Chicago barber & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
April 11 1963. Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fourth child is born, discrimination banned in sale of VA-repossessed homes, Chubby Checker interview, NAACP charges racial bias in life insurance, 2 Negro officers to attend Navy War College & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
April 25 1963. Archie Moore on deaths in boxing, Florida A&M psychology instructor Marilyn Arterbery, Dr. King jailed, paraplegics to join Dixie Freedom Army, Al Hibbler protesting in Birmingham & much much more, several signs of being well read. $6.00 the complete issue. bs(b)
June 6 1963. CORE sit-in in Philadelphia, Virginia Negro sentenced to die twice, NAACP pickets Twin Oaks Pennsylvania school, documentary on Paul Crump winner Cannes film prize, Unitarians debate their church's race stand, African summit attacks US racism & much much more. $6.00 the complete issue. b
POST CARD REFERENCES ON BLACKS
Postcard Collector Magazine. September 1991 (Volume 9 Number 9). Features on women in medicine, kitchen stoves, education of blacks & more. $2.50 p,b
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