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Game of Dr. Busby
1 Game of Dr. Busby
New York J.H. Singer NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880s. Twenty cards, as called for, with colorful chromolithography and box. Lacking instruction booklet. The five families, or suits, are the Melons, the Bulls, the Corns, the Cods and of course, the Busbys. The Melons are a black family, and its members are Caesar Melon, Dr. Busby's Coachman, Dinah Melon, his wife, Cantaloupe Melon, his daughter, and son Washington Melon. Besides the watermelon symbol on each of these cards, the ludicrousness of the caricatures can leave no doubt of the creator's prejudices -- the Corns and the Busbys are depicted as funny caricatures, of course, but not with anywhere the same level of exaggeration and mean-spirited absurdity. This version of the game should be understood as a period piece and a relic that is a reflection of late nineteenth century popular attitudes on race. The game itself was a very popular card game, originating probably in the 1840s, and there were many graphic versions of the game, as well as similar games with slightly different names. While we believe rules might have been furnished in the box, the rules of the game were such that most people would have known them anyway and so the rules would not have been essential. The cards have light soiling here and there. The box has unattractive tape repairs along all its sides, both of the lid and the base, but the top title graphics survive. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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2 Playtime in Dixie Compliments of Lord & Gage
Reading, Pennsylvania; New York Lord & Gage; Jas. McCreery & Co. Wraps Good 
Scarce, with only one copy found on OCLC First Search (at Duke, and not identical, coming from a different department store). Stereotpyical imagery of black people playing instruments, baseball, coon hunting, etc. N.d., circa 1905. 12mo. 19 by 13.5 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp., including wraps. The imagery is not rabidly or insultingly rascist; at the time, it might have been viewed as gentle and affectionate in its portrayal of blacks. Still, in unquestionably drew on stereotypes, and one can also not look at the drawings and fail to see a strong element of condescension towards blacks as simpler, more primitive, etc. If we suspend our latter-day judgment at the content, we can admire the straightforward and simple charm of the drawing, which is rendered in black, white and red. The style of the illustration, the lettering and the overall composition is one we find typical in the first decade of the 20th century. This brochure was obviously a department store freebie hand-out, this one, as part of the Xmas season, and we can infer from the other copy of which we are aware that several department stores must have ordered copies for distribution, with some customization for their own promotions. Given the ephermeral nature of the presentation, it is not surprising that there are not an abundance of copies surviving. Moderate soiling to the wraps. Long closed tear along joint. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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[Broadside] Slary Bro's Big Show! Benefit J.E.B. Stuart Camp . . . Slary Bros., - Black Faced Comedians.  A. B. Moncure, Female Impersonator.  J. Jouzensky, - Wire and Rope Artist.  Dan Slary, Wonderful Ladder Act.  Prof. Davis, Magician.  The whole to conclude with the Shakespearean Burlesque, Dar De Money.  Whar? or, Desdemona and Othello.
3 [Broadside] Slary Bro's Big Show! Benefit J.E.B. Stuart Camp . . . Slary Bros., - Black Faced Comedians. A. B. Moncure, Female Impersonator. J. Jouzensky, - Wire and Rope Artist. Dan Slary, Wonderful Ladder Act. Prof. Davis, Magician. The whole to conclude with the Shakespearean Burlesque, Dar De Money. Whar? or, Desdemona and Othello.
Petersburg Kirkliam & Co., printers Very Good 
Rascist entertainment benefit for Confederate veterans. N.d., circa 1890s. 23 by 14.5 cm. Age toned. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 [Card] Use Osborne's Pie Preparations. Mince, Fruit and Pumpkin. I make dat pie fo' ristocracs. Osborne's mince pie too rich fo you.
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. Large card, measuring 12 by 16 cm. Black mammy with pastry roller bawling out her two children. All three are drawn in broad, unflattering stereotypical ways. Moderate wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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[Print] Les Grandes Verites.  No. 19.
5 [Print] Les Grandes Verites. No. 19.
Paris Imp. Lith. Pinot & Sagaire. Edit a Epinal NA Very Good 
Rascist yet colorful image of barber lathering a black man, both in eighteenth century attire. N.d., circa 1860. 41 by 28 cm. The caption to the image is "A vouloir blanchir ce negre, Barbier tu perds ton savon." In English: "Wishing to whiten this black man, Barber you are losing your soap." Regardless of the content, the image does provide a good window into a barbershop of the era, which to us may look lovely but is without such conveniences as the barber chair, not yet invented, and with a kind of bowl and collar around the black man's neck to catch anything falling. To the side are 12 stanzas of everyday maxims turned into nonsense. Above and below are six vignettes that relate to the song. Light wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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I Was a
6 Banjo, Bayo I Was a "Locum" A Light-Hearted Account of the Experiences of a Nigerian Doctor Doing "Locum Tenens" for General Practitioners in Parts of Great Britain
Ibadan, Nigeria Abiodun Printing Works Limited 1967 First edition Wraps Near Fine 
8vo. 21 by 14 cm. 25 pp. "Locum Tenens" means substitute, or someone filling in on a temporary basis for someone else. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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7 Brath, Cecil Elombe Color Us Cullud! The American Negro Leadership Official Coloring Book
Black Standard Publishing Company. Division of AJASS/African Jazz-Art Society & Studios, Inc. 1963 First edition Wraps Good 
Inflammatory promotion by the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement headed by Carlos A. Cooks, which was anti-Integration. 4to. 28.5 by 21 cm. Unpaginated, 28 pp., plus wraps. Offensive caricatures of the more mainstream black leadership and celebrities of the day. Each of the caricatures is accompanied by a harsh satirical paragraph explaining the racial misdemeanors of the personage, with a send-off tip on how then to "color" them. The figures ridiculed include icons such as Dr. King, Roy Wikins, Jackie Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Ralph Bunche, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Bayard Rustin, Eartha Kitt, etc. Attacks include such things as Horne's and Kitt's having married white men, and King was accused of profiteering from his movement. Condition: moderate soiling of the cover. Closed tear along joint fold of wraps. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Humorous map] Eagle's-Eye View of Weber City (inc.), Brown, Andrew,
8 Brown, Andrew, "mapmaker". Charles J. Correll and Freeman F. Gosden, actors who played Amos and Andy on radio [Humorous map] Eagle's-Eye View of Weber City (inc.)
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. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Belles of Blackville.  A Negro Minstrel Entertainment for Young Ladies, Concluding with a Specialty Farce Entitled
9 Pelham, Nettie H. The Belles of Blackville. A Negro Minstrel Entertainment for Young Ladies, Concluding with a Specialty Farce Entitled "Patchwork"
New York Fitzgerald Publishing Corporation (successor to Dick & Fitzgerald) 1897 First edition Wraps Good 
8vo. 18.5 by 12.5 cm. 20 pp., plus wraps. Meant for amateur productions, with all female casts. With directions on how to put make up on for blackface. An offering from when minstrel shows were at their zenith in terms of popularity. Considerable wear to the wraps. Pencil markings within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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