African American Occupational Ephemera, Los Angeles, Early Twentieth Century

Lot of 4.

Business card for the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, considered the first all-Black movie production unit in the country. Founded in 1916 by Noble and George Johnson, the company was one of the first in the nation to produce Race Films. Though initially established in Omaha, Nebraska, the company moved to Los Angeles in 1917. This business card bears the name Clarence A. Brooks, Sec'y. Brooks was an African American actor who helped found Lincoln Motion Picture Co. and starred in over a dozen motion pictures spanning 1916-1951. The Lincoln Motion Picture Co. remained in operation until 1923.

A Catalogue of Books about the Negro People. The Hugh Gordon Book Shop. 4310 South Central Avenue. Los Angeles, California. 1954. 8pp. 5 x 8 in. In the preface to the catalogue, written by the store's proprietor Adele Young, it is noted that the book shop was "devoted and dedicated to the project of disseminating the literature of the Negro people to the communities of the West." Young then continues, "We welcome your patronage to bring to the community of Los Angeles the truths of the full cultural contributions made by the Negro people in every field of endeavor in American life." The founder of the book shop, Hugh Gordon, was an orator, writer, and community activist who advocated self-determination for African Americans. Upon his death in 1946 he left money in his will to open the bookstore.  

Additional items in the collection include a program for "Run Little Chillun," a dramatic musical that featured an all-Black cast and opened at the landmark Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles as a Federal Theatre Production. Program circa 1930s. Also an advertising card for "S.L. Walker's Job printing House," 2225 Hooper Avenue, Los Angeles. Printing house established in 1931.


Program and printing house card heavily toned.

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