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Photography] [Racial Stereotyping]]
A group photograph of young lads in blackface, dressed as minstrels with banjos
[Hindmarsh: Unknown Photographer, 1898. [Hindmarsh, Unknown Photographer, circa September 1898]. An original gelatin silver photograph (image size 151 × 209 mm, with the small reference number H2 in the negative), mounted on thick card as issued (247 × 304 mm). Small amount of matching watercolour applied to the top right-hand corner of the image when it was printed (to mask a slight imperfection in the negative); minor surface loss to silverfish to the mount, with slight loss to the corners; the photograph itself is in excellent condition, and all blemishes to the mount can be completely matted out. 'The banjo was introduced to America by enslaved Africans in the mid-1600s.... the earliest banjos, also known as banjars, were not the instruments we recognize today. Early banjos varied greatly. They could have any number of strings. The body could be made from a gourd or other hollowed frame. The shared feature was an animal skin stretched across the body which gave the instrument its signature tone as the strings were plucked or strummed. Those early banjos remained exclusive to the black culture for 200 years ... When white culture embraced the banjo kind of as their own in the mid-1800s, it came at the expense of the black culture, with white performers performing in blackface doing grossly exaggerated performances that really ridiculed the black culture' (Johnny Baier, executive director of the American Banjo Museum, quoted in 'From Slavery To Minstrelsy, The Banjo's Troubled History', an interview with Jim Johnson, online). We have identified the place, date and subje … [Click Below for Full Description]
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