July 30, 2020 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends August 10, 2020


Calendar Trade Cards, Including Early Illustration of African Americans Playing Baseball, 1881

Lot of 12 lithographed monthly calendar pages, each approx. 4.5 x 6.25 in. (sight), produced for distribution by Clarence Brooks & Co., a New York City-based varnish manufacturer, in 1881. Pages depict scenes of African Americans, often embodying racist stereotypes, accompanied by a monthly calendar grid and captions intended to be humorous. Subjects appear in outdoor spaces, engaged in activities including boating, driving carriages, riding donkeys, and hanging laundry. The illustration for June, “Base-Ball at Blackville,” is after the original artwork by Sol Eytinge, Jr. (1833-1905), first published as an illustration in Harper's Weekly in 1878 and purportedly the first illustration of African Americans playing baseball.




Pre-punched holes along top edge for display.

Estimate: $200 - $400
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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