The Black and White Minstrel Show - we hadn't heard of PC in those days!

The Black and White Minstrel Show - we hadn't heard of PC in those days!

Early on, the roles that Blacks portrayed in any form of media was the "mammy" "uncle tom" "buck" "wench/jezebel" "mulatto" or "pickaninny" Sometimes, most times, blacks weren't even cast by blacks. They had whites in blackface portray Blacks on stage.   http://black-face.com/

Early on, the roles that Blacks portrayed in any form of media was the "mammy" "uncle tom" "buck" "wench/jezebel" "mulatto" or "pickaninny" Sometimes, most times, blacks weren't even cast by blacks. They had whites in blackface portray Blacks on stage. http://black-face.com/

The Early Minstrel Show [CD], 06066970

The Early Minstrel Show [CD], 06066970

Another Black and White Minstrel Show [CD], 23175709

Another Black and White Minstrel Show [CD], 23175709

Four-member band in black face make-up playing tambourine, fiddle, banjo and percussion in exaggerated poses.

Four-member band in black face make-up playing tambourine, fiddle, banjo and percussion in exaggerated poses.

Such a peaceful looking dining room. I can imagine lots of relaxed conversations and laughter here. Great use of the space a barn creates.

Such a peaceful looking dining room. I can imagine lots of relaxed conversations and laughter here. Great use of the space a barn creates.

Part two (the olio) was the variety section and a precursor to vaudeville. It included singers, dancers, comedians, and other novelty acts, and parodies of legitimate theater. A preposterous stump speech served as the highlight of this second act, during which a performer spoke in outrageous malapropisms as he lectured. His demeanor was reminiscent of the hilarious pomposity of Zip Coon; he aspired to great wisdom and intelligence, but his hilarious mangling of language always made him…

Part two (the olio) was the variety section and a precursor to vaudeville. It included singers, dancers, comedians, and other novelty acts, and parodies of legitimate theater. A preposterous stump speech served as the highlight of this second act, during which a performer spoke in outrageous malapropisms as he lectured. His demeanor was reminiscent of the hilarious pomposity of Zip Coon; he aspired to great wisdom and intelligence, but his hilarious mangling of language always made him…

This seems like a classic Minstel picture. The skin is very dark with large red lips and stark whites of the eyes. Also the contrast between the black and white men is noticeable.

This seems like a classic Minstel picture. The skin is very dark with large red lips and stark whites of the eyes. Also the contrast between the black and white men is noticeable.

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