Image on front of three African-American characters in costume "I hab de honor”. Published by ‘Crest’ Minstrel Products Copyright, 1906.
Crest Trading Co., 144 W 37th St. N.Y.
Deep vertical crease left side. Slight smudge/crease in corners where mounted in an album.
I do not support the sentiments expressed. I offer it as a testament of the culture of those times.
The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American form of entertainment developed in the early 19th century. Each show consisted of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music performances that mocked people specifically of African descent. The shows were performed by Caucasians in make-up or blackface for the purpose of playing the role of black people. There were also some African-American performers and all-black minstrel groups that formed and toured under the direction of white people.