Black and White Revue.
C.1930s–1950s Illustrated minstrel show broadside from Philadelphia
Philadelphia minstrel show broadside for the “Black and White Revue” with racist, stereotype illustration.
One-third of the broadside comprises an illustration of two men in blackface portraying the iconic masks of comedy and tragedy. The woodcut is signed “BILL-OK.”
White minstrel show players donned “masks” for their performances. They decorated their faces in an exaggerated, racist manner to mock African-Americans, their language, and their musical culture.
This show — sponsored by the local American Legion post — was performed in the city’s Frankford district at the Frankford Theatre. The date of the performance, Thursday April 19, and its design might suggest that the broadside dates from 1934 to 1956.
Description: Black and White Revue.
[Frankford, Philadelphia, c.1930s–1950s]. p. Broadside. 6 x 13 inches. Woodcut illustration. Center fold; light soiling, brief toning, light creases; very good.
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