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1902 USA photo postcard Black Americana, boys with fists up

$30.00 CAD

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Rare card.

Photo on front shows a group of African American boys, outside on a dirt path between fields. They are standing in a circle, a couple of them have their fists up, as if ready to box. Photo is titled ‘Who's a N****r’.

At bottom of photo ‘Copyright F.L. Howe Atlanta’.

UL corner has image of Lady Liberty with flag and bald eagle. On scroll ‘Greetings from Picturesque America’.

At bottom:

Arthur Livingston Publisher, New York. 218

French text from niece to her aunt in France ‘…I am sending you one of my photographs…

Postmark at bottom of photo and into text ‘NEW YORK, N.Y. FOR. BCH APR 11 1902

Postmarked ‘NEW ORLEANS LA. AP 9 1902’ on two-cent carmine Washington stamp. Mailed to Dordogne France, with receiving postmark ‘LE CHANGE DORDOGNE 21 AVRIL 02’.


Fred L. Howe (1857-1903) was a commercial photographer who practiced in Atlanta from 1895-1903, and was also a photographer for the Atlanta Constitution.

Arthur Livingston   (1897 - 1907)  New York, NY

A stationer that eventually began to publishing cards depicting warships, regional views and comics. Livingston’s first cards depicted scenes of New York City printed in black & white halftone lithography, some of which he later reprinted as fuller images in color. His comic cards were always printed in color. He also produced regional view-cards as monotone colotypes. Livingston had anticipated the Private Mail Act of 1898 and had begun to print cards with private mailing card backs before they were officially authorized. His early pioneer cards were later reprinted with private mailing cards backs, and even later with post card backs.


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