New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A full color chromolithographic print titled THE DARKTOWN HOOK AND LADDER CORPS. The racist caricature depicts six firemen. Four of the firemen are standing on a table and working a water pump. One of the firemen is holding a water hose and spraying a red and white striped pole with a blue hat on it. Another fireman is waving his helmet and a bugle. People are on the left side looking on. One of these people is dressed as in a blue jacket and has red and white striped pants and holding a trophy with “PRIZE MUG” written on it. Copyright information, the publisher and the title are printed in black ink under the image. Printed on the bottom left corner is “CURRIER & IVES SERIES, No. 3.” Printed below the title is “Now den! Shake her up once moah fur de Mug.”
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.