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Manufactured by:
Hawley & Hazel Group, Chinese, founded 1933  Search this
H x W x D (2007.7.463.1): 5 × 1 1/2 × 1 in. (12.7 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm)
boxes (containers)
Place made:
Thailand, Asia
A thin cardboard "Darkie" brand toothpaste box, with writing printed in English and Thai. 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]. Red writing, in Thai, is printed under the image. The bottom third of the box front has a circular logo with three circles split into black and white semicircles and text above and below the middle 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 except for the Thai text in black at the bottom and a white sticker over the man’s face with blue text that reads [BEST] at the top and Thai at the bottom followed by [5%]. The thinner sides of the box are green, one side printed in English and the other in the foreign language. The English side reads [DARKIE / TOOTH PASTE / Contains Fluoride]. The top flap is white, green, and black with lettering in Thai. The bottom is green, white, and black with English lettering that reads [DARKIE / TOOTH PASTE / MEDIUM SIZE / 10.00 / (baht currency symbol)].
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
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture