The Strange Face of Jim Crow

Justifying Racism With Images

E. Riley/Saxx Music Co./Jim Crow Museum

The following historical images and photos of memorabilia may be disturbing, but they show the foundation being laid for negative stereotypes of African Americans that persist to this day in a less overt fashion. This slideshow is not meant to glorify, but rather to teach. Read more about how these images came to be in "Should Blacks Collect Racist Memorabilia?"

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1904 Watermelon Coon Card

Jim Crow Museum
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All Coons Look Alike to Me

M. Whitmark and Sons
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Thomas D. Rice as Jim Crow 1832

E. Riley
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Life in Philadelphia Plate

Library of Congress
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Jemima's Wedding Day, Boston 1899

Saxx Music Co./Wikimedia Commons
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Our Christmas Tree (Puck, 1899)

Keppler, illustration from Puck, v. 46, no. 1190 (Dec. 27, 1899)
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Wm. H. West's Big Minstrel Jubilee

Library of Congress
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Imperial Minstrels Postcard, 1906

Wikipedia Commons
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Chlorinol Soda Bleaching Ad

Unknown
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The Dogwood Tree Postcard, 1908

Harkrider Drug Co., Center, Texas, 1908
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A Joy Ride in Florida, Early 1900s

The Cochrane Co., eBay
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The Contest, 1908

EBay
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All-in-Gator Lunch in Florida

Postal Card & Novelty Co., eBay
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Black Figure and Alligator, Ceramic

Jim Crow Museum
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Chicken Inn Bellhop Cookie Jar, Ceramic

Jim Crow Museum
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Mammy Cookie Jar

Small Town Antiques, eBay
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Jolly Bank

Unknown
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The Adventures of 2 Dutch Girls and a Golliwogg

Kate Upton, 1895, Wikimedia Commons
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Mammy Cookie Jar

Sharon Cumings, Pinterest
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2 Loving Hearts

EBay
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Nuff Stuff Overalls, 1924

Hartmann-Schneider Co.; union-made.blogspot.com
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Who's Dat Say Chickun, Little Coons Series

Ullman Manufacturing Co., 1662, eBay
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A Bird in the Hand Postcard, 1907

EBay
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A 'Fowl' Proceeding Postcard

E.C. Kropp Pub. Co., Milwaukee, eBay.com
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A Dream of Paradise Postcard, 1910

By H. Horina, published by J.I. Austen Co., Chicago
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Sambo in a Watermelon Brings Greeting From Dixieland

Cole Book Co., 1906, eBay
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Little Rastus's Idea of Grandpa in Heaven, 1913

Wilder Puck, Dec. 3, 1913, page 9, copyright Keppler & Schwarzmann, Library of Congress
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Hot Mikado With Bill Robinson

Jim Crow Museum
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Anheuser-Busch Black and Tan Prepared Only by Anheuser-Busch Brew'g Ass'n

Circa 1899, Library of Congress
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For the Sunny South. An Airship With a 'Jim Crow' Trailer

Color halftone reproduction of drawing signed in lower left Erhart; copyright Keppler & Schwarzmann. Illustration in Puck, Feb. 26, 1913 
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