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Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection, 1900-1933

view Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection, 1900-1933 digital asset number 1
Donor:
Hoffman, David
Boaz, Joyce
Hoffman, Iris
Physical description:
0.66 cubic feet: 2 boxes: 932 items
Culture:
Africans
African Americans 1900-1950
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Caricatures
Cartoons (humorous images)
Greeting cards
Portraits
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
United States
Date:
1900
1900-1933
1900-1990
1890-1920
1900-1950
20th century
Notes:
David Hoffman, Iris Hoffman, and Joyce Boaz of Maine collected these materials over three decades.
Summary:
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.
Cite as:
Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection,1900-1933, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Cakewalk (Dance)
Christmas
Holidays
Racism
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Ethnic wit and humor
African American men
African American women
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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