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Printed by:
Asheville Postcard Company, American, founded 1910  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in. (14 x 9 cm)
Type:
postcards
Place printed:
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date:
after 1913
Description:
A postcard of "A Coon Trees a Possum in Dixieland." The front features a color illustration of an elderly man climbing the trunk of a tree, reaching for the tail of a gray possum that is sitting on branch above him. The man has a white mustache, beard, and hair. He is wearing a blue frock coat and red pants. He has a bag slung over his proper left shoulder. In the background are green bushes with white and red flowers. The postcard has an off-white border. In the center of the top border is black printed text that reads [252 A COON TREES A POSSUM IN DIXIELAND]. Black text at the bottom right reads [E-5618]. The back of the postcard is white with dark blue printed text. The text printed top left corner reads [THIS SPACE FOR WRITING MESSAGES] and [POST CARD] in the top right half of the card. There is also a box labeled [PLACE / STAMP / HERE] in the top right corner. Text printed vertically down the center reads [PUBLISHED BY ASHEVILLE POST CARD CO., ASHEVILLE, N.C.]. The number [3] is handwritten in pencil in the top right corner.
Statement:
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.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  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:
2007.7.405
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Exhibition:
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
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd500f61350-ef2f-49ff-9487-aceac9714583
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2007.7.405