New Orleans Minstrels, Canton, Illinois, 1869

CDV outdoor photograph of a large New Orleans Minstrels advertisement. J.W.Bays: Canton, Illinois, n.d., circa 1869. Imprint on recto. Verso inscription: "West Side of Square / Canton, Ills. 1869." Beneath large text reading "New Orleans Minstrels" are several large broadsides advertising performers alongside large stereotypical depictions of African Americans. 

The New Orleans Minstrels were performing in central Illinois during 1869 with several advertisements placed in the newspaper of nearby Rock Island. The Rock Island Argus reported on March 23, 1869, that there was "A Full House. - Dart's Hall was filled to its utmost capacity last night, by a fine audience, to witness the entertainment of the New Orleans minstrels. The nigger business is about 'played out,' and so, instead of finding a long row of cork-blacked nondescripts, as has been the wont, the public was greeted with but two blacks, at the overture, and these were the exceedingly salubrious end men. Negro dancing was afterwards introduced, however. Miss Stanley's singing elicited great admiration and applause. The cornet band was a success. the programme embraced a variety, and all present seemed to be pleased. The minstrels hold forth again, this evening, with new songs and acts." 


Toned, mount corners clipped. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
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