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Manufactured by:
Hawley & Hazel Group, Chinese, founded 1933  Search this
H x W x D (2007.7.172.1): 5 13/16 × 1 5/8 × 1 3/16 in. (14.8 × 4.1 × 3 cm)
boxes (containers)
Place made:
A thin cardboard "Darkie" brand toothpaste box. Both the front and back of the box feature a black and white illustration of a caricature of a wide-eyed, smiling man wearing a top hat, white shirt, black jacket and a bow tie. The white and black text above the image on each side reads [DARKIE / TOOTH PASTE]. The bottom third of the box front has a circular logo with three circles split into one (1) large and two (2) small black and white semicircles and text above and below the middle semi-circle that reads [HAWLEY & HAZEL / BLACK & WHITE]. At the bottom of the front panel is black text that reads [HAWLEY & HAZEL / CHEMICAL CO. LTD.]. The back of the box is identical to the front. The thinner sides of the box are green with a black background. White and black text on each side reads [DARKIE / Contains Fluoride / TOOTH PASTE / Contents 46 ml]. The top and bottom flaps are green with black border. Black and white text on them reads [DARKIE / TOOTH PASTE / LARGE SIZE].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Health  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture