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Written by:
A. T. B. De Witt  Search this
Published by:
Wehman Bros.  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W x D: 7 1/16 × 4 3/4 × 1/16 in. (18 × 12 × 0.2 cm)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A paperback book titled "Tambo: His Jokes & Funny Sayings" published by Wehman Brothers. The cover is tan paper with red printed text and a center illustration of a Blackface minstrel character, sitting in a chair with a tambourine on his knee. Text at the top reads [Price 15 Cents.] The title is printed around the center image: [TAMBO / HIS JOKES / AND / FUNNY SAYINGS]. Along the bottom is [PUBLISHED BY WEHMAN BROS., NEW YORK]. The back cover is also printed in red and features a full page advertisement for [WEHMAN'S / MINSTREL / SKETCHES / CONDUNDRUMS AND JOKES], featuring an illustration of minstrel group on stage.
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.
African American  Search this
Blackface  Search this
Minstrel shows  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture