Americana
Black Americana
Pictorial History of the Slave Trade-First Edition
Item #: NEW-0015970

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 Published by Editions Minerva, S. A. Geneve First in 1971.  This is a first edition hard back. Dust cover has a laminated cover, as made, and it is wrinkled with some wear.  There are 151 pages  monochrome illustrations and photographs throughout. Great reference.

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Frances Kemble-Journal of a Residence On A Georgian Plantation
Item #: NEW-0014998

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This is the first American edition published in 1863 of an important book that was instrumental in swaying people in England against the South for their treatment of the black slaves.  This is the first issue with the word "about" repeated in error on page 314.  Original brown publisher's cloth binding.  The of the front hinge in torn but the binding is still tight. Shelf wear to the top and bottom of the spine and some bleached out areas in the middle. Wear to the tips. Clean interior with no foxing.  

Fanny Kemble, a star of the London stage, journeyed to her American husband’s plantation in 1838.  She kept a day-by-day account of what she saw of the black slaves in Georgia.  The book portrays the mistreatment of the slaves and their day by day activities.  

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W W Scarborough-Fruits-Knoxville Tn-1902 Racist BH
Item #: NEW-0014431

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This rare billhead has condition problems.  Trimmed on the right side and the top corner is repaired with archival tape.  Stain on the left edge which is probably acidic toning.  

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1941 Postcard-Black Americana-Racist Content
Item #: NEW-0014177

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Minor wear to this card which was humorous in the 40's but not funny now.  Minor wear.  Artist D Tempest.  

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Black Americana Linen Postcard
Item #: NEW-0014176

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This card has a discreet crease in the mid-top area.  Postmarked in 1950 and is a typical racially insensitive card of that period. 

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Black Clown Figurals-Sugar-Creamer
Item #: NEW-0013082

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These two items measure three inches tall, not including the top, one of which is missing.  The paint is missing in spots on the yellow rim but the other paint is in good condition. 

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Without Sanctuary-Lynching Photography in America-James Allen
Item #: NEW-0012991

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Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, NM, 2000
First edition. Hardcover. First printing. Printed in an edition of only 4000 copies. A powerful collection of photographs that document horrific examples of the consequences of racism and inhumanity. Edited by James Allen and with essays by Hilton Als, Congressman John Lewis and Leon Litwack. 209 pages of grisly scenes which to our shame is a part of our history.

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Tennessee Slave Archive-1783 Purchase-Death in 1856
Item #: NEW-0012106

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No paypal on this lot though payment plans can be arranged. 

This lot came from the papers saved by Edward Hicks and the family members who followed him.  Edward's great grandfather was John Davis, an early Nashville-Williamson County area pioneer and surveyor.  The family home was known as Devon Farm and until a few years ago remained in the hands of a family member.  The archive begins with the purchase of a slave known as "Dab," later to be known as Deb. Deb was sold by Josephus Perrin in Lincoln County, State of Virginia for the sum of one hundred pounds, current money of Virginia.  Delivered to Thomas Brown of the same county and state, one Negro boy named Dab." The date is given as 783, with the 1 missing but assumed to be 1783.  The document is on rag paper and is roughly torn at the bottom.  The document has folds ad some holes at the mid folds. 

The second scan shown is a letter and worn cover with a Nashville cancel, dated Sept 10, 1853.  The letter was written to H T Davis and signed by Edward Hicks, his nephew. The letter  concerns the settling of an estate of a family member.  The relevant information about the slaves is as follows:  "The Negros can be moved from the place now, in fact I will have every Negro except Deb and Phebe away in two days now.  Your Negro woman Fanny is sick at present but I shall take care that she is properly attended to.”  

The next item is dated Feb, 1854 for expenses of the slaves, Deb and Pheb an accounting of the estate of John Davis.  Meals, coffee, whisky, shoes etc  Hicks is paying for someone who undoubtedly had taken care of the slaves when John Davis died.

The next item is another letter from Hicks to his Uncle Davis dated May 1854 when he mentions the slaves.  Including is a worn cancel from Caney Texas.  "I saw old Deb yesterday.  I do not think that he can live long.  I directed a strong dose of cowhide to be administered to Pheb for making Will steal a bottle of whiskey for her.”

The next item is a letter written to Hicks by Fanny Harding (wife of Morris Harding of the Harding Belle Meade family)
"I went to see old Uncle Deb the other day and I found the old gentleman very feeble and somewhat distressed having heard that we all intended to sell Pheby (alternative spelling) and take him away from his house and patch which he thinks by spring he will be able to cultivate if Mas Edward (Hicks) will get him a little pony.  I felt greatly inclined to make him a promise in Morris’s name that when he got able to work on that he should have one.  The idea that Pheby being taken away distressed him so much that I told him that you had no idea of any such thing and that his comfort and ease is what you wanted and that he need not be distressed.  I told him that I would furnish him his provisions.. (More but can’t quite make it out.)
The next item is undated and refers to the $1 being set aside for Deb’s dauerreotype but evidently Deb did not cooperate about going to have his picture taken.

This next slip of paper announces the death of "old Deb” who "died a few weeks ago.” 

The next scanned item is a very long statement from Hicks to the heirs of John Davis.  One dollar was expended on Phebe for some shoes and for her hire and $5 for Deb’s coffin. At the bottom one share from the sale of Phebe was $90.60.  Following that and probably included with the statement is a slip of paper that verifies that the coffin for Deb cost $5.

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The next is a letter from Hicks written on January 19, 1858 which closes with "you will see from receipt enclosed that I have sold Old Phebe--Damn her.”

The listing closes with two receipts from two of the heirs acknowledging that they are received their share from the sale of Phebe. 

This ends the archive of Deb who lived his entire life as a slave.  I found a note that I had written years ago that Deb was 83 when he died.  I'm not sure now where I got that figure. 





   


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Die Cut Lithograph-Ayer's Cathartic Pills
Item #: NEW-0011885

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This is a great 1883 advertising item for a quack cure.  Features a "country doctor" administering to a sick child with her worried brother looking on.  Framed so can mail framed or unframed.  This die cut is in mint condition and it is unusual in this time period that blacks are presented in a non stereotypical manner. Indeed blacks were usually presented in a unfavorable light. Measures twelve and a half inches.  J C Ayer and company Lowell Massachusetts.

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1908 Postcard with Racist Content
Item #: NEW-0011799

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Wear to the corners and pencil message on the front.  Meant to be funny but isn't. 

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
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Large Color Lithographic Trade Card Lot-Racist Content
Item #: NEW-0011496

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Two sample trade cards which measure seven by four inches.  Businesses ordering these would add their advertising information on the back.  See scans.  The second one has some stains on the border of the upper left edge.  The first caption reads "Who's Dar?' and the second "Golly I'm a Dead Nigger.".  

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Black Americana Salt and Pepper Shakers
Item #: NEW-0011425

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Plastic figures which measure around three and a half inches tall.  One has the label Aunt Jemima and the other Uncle Mose.   Label on bottom reads F & F Mold and Die Works Dayton Ohio.  
Very minor wear though the plugs on the bottom are missing.

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"Black Mammy" Syrup Pitcher
Item #: NEW-0011420

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Aunt Jemina type figure measures five and a half inches.  Made in the USA mark on the bottom, F & F Gold and Dye Works, Dayton Ohio.  Some of the paint has worn off on the bandana, plate and apron.  See scan. 

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Watermelons-Razor Backs-Pickaninnies-1913 PC
Item #: NEW-0011108

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Strong racist tone to this view which was canceled from Jacksonville Florida.  Wear to corners with some flaking off of the image.

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A Southern Piccaninny-1903 PC
Item #: NEW-0011090

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Card was cancelled from Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Pretty sweet view of a young back girl holding a white doll.   Wear to the corners, including some flaking off of the image.  

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Fisk Jubilee Singers in Boston-PC-1911
Item #: NEW-0011078

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Rare but damaged postcard showing the Fisk Jubilee Singers appearing at the exposition "World In Boston." which was held in 1911.  Sent and cancelled in Boston.  There is a stamp which is unfortunately pasted to the card from the exposition.  Dingy, floppy card with a large crease and another corner crease.  Stains along the edges and a small flaked off area at the top left edge.  Haven't seen this one before.  These of course are not the original Jubilee Singers who toured in the 1870's but Fisk continued the tradition which had achieved so much recognition for that institution as well saved them financially in the 70's.          

"The World in Boston," was the first great missionary exposition ever held in the United States. It was held in the Mechanics' Building on April 24 through May 20 in 1911.

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Little Dixie Reader- Writer-1938-Southern Publisher-Inclusion of Black Children
Item #: NEW-0010202

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I was quite surprised when I thumbed through this worn little book that although it was printed in 1938 in Montgomery Alabama it pictured white and black children.  The authors were Ethel H Crumpton and Frances Spiller.  Crumpton was the Supervisor of Elementary Schools in Marengo County Alabama and Spiller was a first grade teacher in Birmingham Alabama.  Pages 6 through 75 features white children and some merely animals.  The writing exercise for the little story is on the left page.  Pages 76-89 features illustrations of black children. Having lived in Alabama during the 50-60's I imagine this was a bold experiment and it certainly has historical importance. Please view the scan to see the condition problems of the booklet.

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Little Black Sambo-Color Pictorial Cover & Illustrations
Item #: NEW-009875

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This is a small book measuring five and 3/4 of an inches by 4 inches.  It is undated but I'm guessing it is nineteenth century.  Condition of the exterior is shown in the scans.  The pasted in area has some indentations in it.  There is one of those horrible embossed stamp of the previous owner on the front paper which has a charming illustration on both sides.  Pencil markings of the price when I bought it along with some other markings.  This is a Wee Books for Wee Folks printed by the Platt & Munk Co in New York.  There are twenty-seven illustrations, all in color. 

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Price: $100.50 USD
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Post Card-Seven Little Pickanninies
Item #: NEW-009769

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Offensive early postcard showing black children posed on a wood pile.  Unused with minor wear.

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Racist PC-I Am Sending You a Pair of Black Kids
Item #: NEW-009014

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Incredibly racist postcard produced by a New York publisher. Correspondent has written names on the children in pencil, one being the name of the person card was written to. Please view the scan to see the wearing off of the image at top edge and elsewhere.

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $18.50 USD
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Vintage Sheet Music-Mills Brothers-Good-Bye Blues
Item #: AME-005222

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Complete sheet published in 1913. Pages separated with tears along the edges. One large and a couple of smaller creases. General worn appearance.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
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Singin' and Swingin'-Maya Angelou-First Edition
Item #: NEW-004635

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First Edition, as stated. Complete title Singin' and Swingin' and gettin' Merry Like Christmas. Minor wear

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Even The Stars Look Lonesome-First-Angelou
Item #: NEW-004634

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Minor wear, first edition as stated.

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Heart of a Woman-Maya Angelou
Item #: NEW-004633

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Minor wear, not a first edition.

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Tar Baby-Toni Morrison-First Edition
Item #: NEW-004632

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Large cut out of the corner of the first blank page. Otherwise minor wear to the book and dust cover.

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Alex Haley-A Different Kind of Christmas-Signed
Item #: NEW-004631

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This book was inscribed by Haley to a previous owner. First Edition, as stated. Minor wear.

Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Price: $30.50 USD
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Tuskegee Belle Hair Dressing
Item #: NEW-003904

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Neat advertising item for the black Americana collector. I like this item hs it portrays African Americans in a positive manner instead of a negative one, as was typical for that period. The little tin cannister measures three inches tall. The tin appears to be full by the weight of it. See the two scans for the condition. Large scratch at the bottom which obliterates the letters ess in Dressing. There are also scratches on the lid with large areas of paint worn off on the lid. Sides are in good condition. This tin features a female graduate pictured with the buildings of Tuskegee institute. This item was manufactured by the Lewis Drug Store in Montgomery Alabama.

Shipping Weight: 1.7 lbs
Price: $85.50 USD
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The Tar-Baby & Other Rhymes of Uncle Remus
Item #: NEW-003868

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First edition of this work by Joel Chandler Harris published in 1904 by D Appleton and Company. Reglued, causing it to swell slightly. Shelf wear to the upper and lower spine and the tips of the boards. Some stains on the boards and on some interior pages. Strap on front and back boards. Ink signature of a previous owner on a fly page.

Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price: $205.50 USD
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Little Brown KoKo
Item #: AME-003751

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This book was published in 1940 with no further printings listed. Stories of Little Brown Koko is by Blalnche Seale Hunt and illustrated by Dorothy Wagstaff. Full of stereotypical illustrations. Colorful pictorial cover which has a large crease like in upper right hand side. Wear to the corners and edges and shelf wear to the spine. Paper stamp on inside cover and ink presentation message. Interior is very clean.

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At the River I Stand-Joan Turner Beifuss
Item #: AME-003667

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Revised edition of "the definitive account of the events that led to King's decision to make his final and fatal trip to Memphis." 1990 Revised Trade Edition, First Printing. OK condition with nice dust cover.

Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
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Selma, Lord, Selma-Webb & Nelson
Item #: AME-003664

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Girlhood memories of the civil rights days as told to Frank Sikora. Published by the University of Alabama Press in 1980. Shelf wear to spine, otherwise fine.

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First-The Outsider-Richard Wright
Item #: AME-003609

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This book was published in 1953 by Harper. First Edition. Bumped corners and spine and considerable wear to the dust cover.

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Kentucky's Black Heritage
Item #: AME-003403

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This soft bound booklet was published by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in 1971 as a supplement to current text books on Kentucky history. 162 pages devoted to the accomplishments of African Americans in the State of Kentucky. Considerable wear to the covers and the interior as well. Useful for the information included.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $8.50 USD
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Adam Clayton Powell-Jet Magazine
Item #: AME-002526

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Some scuffing to the cover

Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
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Jesse Jackson Campaign Button
Item #: AME-002342

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Handsome six inch celluloid button from the 88 campaign for the Presidency. Nice condition. More Jesse Jackson campaign buttons in Political/Third Party/Hopefuls sub category.

Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
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Hidden In Plain View-Quilts-Underground RR
Item #: AME-001336

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This very interesting book is a first edition, published in 1999. The title is Hidden In Plain View, The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, written by Jacqueline L Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard. Tells the story of how coded quilts were used as signals for slaves escaping through the underground railroad. Bumped spine on the board and self wear to the dust cover spine.

Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Price: $25.50 USD
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Giant Advertising 3-D Post Card
Item #: AME-001241

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Interesting large post card with a gangster like figure. The "black jack" sticking out of the suit, which is laid on the face of the card, is actually a folded up flyer for the P & H Rubber Collars, sold by the Sullivan and Company in Philadelphia. The back side is all messed up from being removed from an album. I've never had anything quite like this card.

Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
Price: $65.50 USD
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Trade Card Lot
Item #: AME-001239

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Two trade card with stereotypic racist scenes of African Americans. One corner tip missing and some age staining. The corned beef trade card is blank while the other has an advertisement for Howe Scales.

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb
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Advertsing Photo-Esquire Magazine
Item #: AME-000991

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This is such a staged photo that I believe it must have been used in an advertisement for Esquire Magazine. At any rate, a nice family shot.

Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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Vintage Black Nodder
Item #: AME-000597

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Sticker on the base which says Kenmar, Japan. Cute little nodder with faded straw hat.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $55.00 USD
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Happy Mose Sheet Music
Item #: AME-000392

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Beautiful complete sheet in good condition except for a long tear on the back sheet which has been repaired with acid free archival tape. Does not affect the music last page. Happy Mose is a Cake Walk Two Step or Polka by Phiip Kussel in 1899. Scan only shows a part of the sheet due to size.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $45.00 USD
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Catalog Updated
12/13/2017 2:54:00 PM
Andrew Jackson Signature-1826 Check-Bank of Tennessee

$2,300.00

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