1901 Black Americana postcard depicting ‘Cake Walk’ dance, vaudeville

Two African-American couples doing the Cake Walk dance. Dressed in their finest: men with top-hats and walking canes, women in long dresses

The men are two well known African-American vaudevillians of the day: Bert Williams and George Walker.

Franz Huld, Publisher N.Y.
 
Cake Walk (Negro Dance) No.4

Sender has written has name on front H.B. Stelle NYC. Also ‘mille remerciments pour cartes’ (thousand thank you’s for cards).

Receiving postmark ‘--- GALATA 25 MARS 1901’, Constantinople (Istanbul ) Turkey. 

On back, image of African-American man dancing.

Addressed to Constantinople Turkey, with 2¢ rose Washington stamp and ‘NEW YORK MAR 12’ postmark.

Corner creases. Toning on back.

 

The cakewalk or cake walk was a dance developed from the "prize walks" held in the late 19th century, generally at get-togethers on black slave plantations after emancipation in the Southern United States. Alternative names for the original form of the dance were "chalkline-walk", and the "walk-around". At the conclusion of a performance of the original form of the dance in an exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, an enormous cake was awarded to the winning couple. Thereafter it was performed in minstrel shows, exclusively by men until the 1890s. The inclusion of women in the cast "made possible all sorts of improvisations in the Walk, and the original was soon changed into a grotesque dance" which became very popular across the country

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Franz Huld  (1900-1914 246) 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Published a variety of card types but mostly view-cards of the Northeast and of Florida. Most of his cards were printed using an open halftone and sometimes hand coloring was added to limited sections of the image. They also produced many novelties, a set on the San Francisco earthquake, and installment card sets for which they are well noted. Huld filed for bankruptcy in 1914 but he probably stopped publishing cards in 1909.

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