David Hoffman, Iris Hoffman, and Joyce Boaz of Maine collected these materials over three decades.
932 postcards with images of African Americans, mostly 1900s-1933. Most manufactured in the United States; others from England, South Africa, and the West Indies. The collection is important because of the significance of postcards as a vehicle of communication during the period collected (1900-1933). Includes a significant number of non-stereotyped images of African-American life, although many utilize racist humor and stereotypes. Includes a few Images of Africans as well as African Americans. Many cards bear messages, addresses, and canceled stamps.
Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection,1900-1933, Archives Center, National Museum of American History