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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].
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
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture