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Standup of the radio show character Andy Brown

Catalog Data

Printed by:
Pepsodent Company, American, 1915 - 1944  Search this
Subject of:
Amos 'n' Andy, American, 1928 - 1960  Search this
Charles Correll, American, 1890 - 1972  Search this
Freeman Gosden, American, 1899 - 1982  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 9/16 × 4 3/16 in. (21.7 × 10.7 cm)
Type:
paper dolls
Date:
1930
Description:
A die cut cardboard standup of the character Andy Brown from the radio show "Amos 'n' Andy," an advertisement for the 1930 Amos n' Andy movie Check and Double Check. The doll is an illustration of a man depicted in blackface wearing plaid white vest, white shirt, red tie, and black jacket. He has a pen and two pencils in his proper left vest jacket. The man is depicted looking at the viewer and wears squashed bowler hat on his head. He has brwon eyes and a wide, frowning red mouth. In his proper left hand is lit cigar held below his chin. In his proper right hand he holds a cane that crosses across his body and proper right leg. The man also wears stripped pants and dark shoes. The proper left shoe has a hole near the toes, which peek through. On the proper left flap at the bottom is black text [COPYRIGHT 1930 / BY THE PEPSODENT CO. / LITHO. IN U.S.A.]. On the proper right flap at the bottom is additional black text that reads [A-pdm-11R]. On the back of the doll in the upper half is an inscription handwritten in blue ink.
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
Amusements  Search this
Blackface  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Film  Search this
Radio  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kathleen M. Kendrick
Object number:
2015.64.10.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Toys and Games
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59f5dfc24-3a88-449b-88f6-359deabb7a2f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.64.10.2