[GULLAH CULTURE]. A Class in Native Basketry, Penn N.I.A. School, St. Helena Island, S.C. Topeka, KS: M.L. Zercher Book & Stationery Co., Manufacturers, ca 1910.

5.5 x 3.5 in. real photo postcard (toning, surface soiling, and creasing to lower left corner). Publisher's imprint, one-cent postage stamp, and "R.F.D. No. 1" handstamp to verso, postmarked 31 January, 1910 in Frogmore, SC. Period ink inscription addressed to "Woman's Exchange" in Poughkeepsie, NY, inquires whether additional baskets will be desired in spring, concluding: "Let me know about the sales." 

Established by northern missionaries in 1862, the Penn Normal School was purposed to educate formerly enslaved Africans. In 1901 the school was chartered as the Penn Normal, Industrial, and Agricultural School, where students were taught vocational skills such as carpentry, basket making, cobbling, midwifery, and mechanics in addition to normal school competencies.


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