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Levi J. Carey, Small Family Archive

By: (Levi J. Carey)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, (Levi J. Carey): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 16630


This small archive has three 8X10 photos (2 B&W, 1 colorized) of an African-American man with his family, a 3X4 B&W portrait photo of the same man and a 1949 Diploma from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. The Diploma is for Levi J. Carey. These items all came together, and I assume they are all from the same family. They all fall in the VG to NF range with the portrait photograph being adhered to the frame-like mount. Please see scans. ; B&W Photographs; 5 pages View more info

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Marcus Garvey, Mimeographed Letter Signed

By: (Marcus Garvey)

Price: $1,800.00

Publisher: Kingston Jamaica, Marcus Garvey: 1933

Seller ID: 16345


One page, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, on Marcus Garvey Appreciation Fund letterhead; moderate toning, folds. VG+. This is a mimeographed fundraising appeal over Garvey''s signature. It was written after Garvey had been released from prison and deported to Jamaica. He says in part, "I have tried for years to do the best for my Race, but unfortunately I have had many hard hits . . . I have had to make tremendous sacrifices and now I am caught to the hilt. I have had to mortgage my home and personal properties here to carry on the work of service to the race, but due to the lack of loyalty on the par... View more info

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The Green-Eyed Monster, Coming Attractions Flyer

By: (Norman Film Manufacturing Co.)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Jacksonville, Norman Film Manufacturing Co.: 1919

Seller ID: 15920

Condition: Good


Oblong, (6X9) double-sided, newsprint sheet advertising the coming attraction of the all-black-cast fim, The Green-Eyed Monster. This is not from a newspaper but was publicity material from Norman Studios to the theatres. It has relatively light edge wear with some very small chips but with varying degrees of loss at the corners. The loss does not affect images or text. One side has two panels and was probably intended to have a single fold between them that then opened to the full length spread describing the movie. Norman Studios was located in Jacksonville, Florida and made only all-black-c... View more info

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Regeneration, Press Kit, 1923

By: (Norman Studios)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Jacksonville, Norman Film Mfg. Co.: 1923

Seller ID: 16659

Condition: Very Good


This is a Norman Film Studios Press Kit for the all-black-cast silent movie, Regeneration, released in 1923. Norman Studios, located in Jacksonville, Florida, produced silent movies with all black casts from 1920-1928. Regeneration was the first hit that Norman Studios produced, but the film has been lost. One of its six reels has been discovered and restored, but nitrate breakdown of the film makes much of the restoration unwatchable. This press kit features full-size examples of teo window cards along with assorted other publicity items such as stills, ads, and posters. There is also much di... View more info

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The Flying Ace, Press Kit, 1926

By: (Norman Studios)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Jacksonville, Norman Film Mfg. Co.: 1926

Seller ID: 16660

Condition: Very Good


This is a Norman Film Studios Press Kit for the all-black-cast silent movie, The Flying Ace, released in 1926. Norman Studios, located in Jacksonville, Florida, produced silent movies with all black casts from 1920-1928. The Flying Ace was a major production for Norman Studios and featured a full-scale replica of a biplane and included carefully constructed shots of the plane supposedly flying upside down, though no planes ever left the ground. The Flying Ace is the only Norman Studios production that still exists in its entirety. This press kit features full-size examples of two window cards ... View more info

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Duke Ellington, Concert Flyer

By: (Parkway Theatre, Madison Wisconsin)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Madison, Parkway Theatre: 1943

Seller ID: 16730


This is a 6 1/4 X 9 1/2 flyer or small window poster for a performance by Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra at the Parkway Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin on February 2, 1943. The flyer is not dated, but I have found an on-line listing for Ellington performing at the Parkway on February 2, 1943. This flyer appears to be VG+ to NF but since there is some residue on the back corners as well as light, overall aging, I will grade it from VG to VG+. ; B&W Photograph of Ellington; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Paul Robeson, The Great Negro Singer, Program, Eastman Theatre, 1931

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Metropolitan Music Bureau: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16408

Condition: Very Good+


Single-fold, salmon-colored programs with black titles, red imprint of the Eastman Theatre and engaging B&W photograph of Robeson. This program accompanaied the Eatman Theatre Concerts of January 23, 1931 which featured Robeson with Lawrence Brown on piano. The interior pages feature an interesting biography of the great singer while the back panel has blurbs from reviews of Robeson's performance at other venues. I suspect there may have been an insert, not present, that included the specific music for this concert. The program is in very attractive condition with only very light wear and one ... View more info

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The Playgoer, Geary Theatre San Francisco, Othello Program, 1945

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Geary Theatre: ca. 1945

Seller ID: 16438

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial wraps with image of Paul Robeson as Othello in sepia-tone photograph. Very light wear along with some age-toning both interior and exterior. VG to VG+. This is the program for the Margaret Webster production of Othello at the Geary Theatre in San Francisco, This production feature Paul Robeson as Othello, Jose Ferrer as Iago and Uta Hagan as Desdemona. This seems to be an uncommon program; I have found only three copies listed on WorldCat. ; Sepia-Toned Cover Photograph of Robeson; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Paul Robeson Birthday Celebration, April 8, 1978, Program

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Denver, Paul Robeson Birthday Celebration Committee, et al: 1978

Seller ID: 16439

Condition: Very Good


Bifold, beige cardstock with insert, making a total of eight pages of a program celebrating what would have been Paul Robeson's 80th birthday. This celebration was at Phipps Auditorium in Denver, Colorada. The program has some light, general wear along with age-toning and some light soiling. In the program itself there is an ink smear on one event, likely a printing problem. Overall the program is still quite attractive. The program has an insert with the lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" along with an announcement about a film premiere on Robeson. The front cover features a B&W ph... View more info

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All God's Chillun Got Wings, Program, Embassy Theatre, 1933

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Hendon, Warden & Co., Ltd.: 1933

Seller ID: 16442

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, slick, white wraps with black titles. Light edge and corner wear with one small chip on bottom front edge with a 1" slit at top of spine. The program, both exterior and interior is somewhat age-toned. Light soiling on wraps as well. Overall VG to VG-. This program is for a production in London of Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings starring Paul Robeson as well as his wife, Flora. Oddly, the front wrap does not state the title but has, "Embassy Productions Present a Programme of New Plays and Revivals Produced by Andre' Van Gyseghem. However, the Program is for All God's Chil... View more info

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The Institute of Arts and Sciences Columbia University Program for January 7 to February 5

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Columbia University: ca. 1940

Seller ID: 16444

Condition: Very Good


Bifold program with light, general wear and aging. Two horizontal folds from mailing. Overall VG. This program has one blank panel, so there are five pages with text and/or pictures. The rear panel has an almost complete page portrait of Paul Robeson who is also on the front with several others. This is a program for various speakers or performers during the months of January and February. The program is not dated but probably comes from the 1940's. ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 6 pages View more info

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Program, Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown in a Soul Stirring Concert of Negro Music

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: James B. Pond: 1926

Seller ID: 16448

Condition: Very Good


This program has been folded in thirds and has a couple of small tears on the open edge, probably from being in someone's pocket. It is for a concert of Negro Music by Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown. It was part of a concert series produced by James B. Pond that started in January 1926 at Town Hall in New York, and probably the same program was use for each concert, except for changing the venue and date. This is dated March 14. I do not know where this Symphony Hall was located.The cover has a drawing of Robeson signed Marcus, courtesy of the N. Y. Times. Inside the program are biographi... View more info

Image for Paul Robeson, Two B&W Photographs, at Camp Kinderland and World Youth Festival

Paul Robeson, Two B&W Photographs, at Camp Kinderland and World Youth Festival

By: (Paul Robeson)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Hopewell/East Berlin, (Unknown): 1949

Seller ID: 16540

Condition: Near Fine


These are copies of two B&W photographs of Paul Robeson. In one he is at Camp Kinderland in Hopewell, New York in 1949. In the other he is at the World Youth Festival, most likely in East berlin in 1951. These two photographs are in NF condition although they are obviously copies of photographs and not printed from negatives; damage on the original photos is evident in these copies. Nonetheless, they are historically important and uncommon images showing Robeson at Communist-related events. Camp Kinderland wasfounded in Hopewell Junction, New York in 1923 as an outreach of the International Wo... View more info

Image for Archive of R. E. Patten Family, Printers, Des Moines Iowa : Printed Material

Archive of R. E. Patten Family, Printers, Des Moines Iowa : Printed Material

By: (R. E. Patten)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Des Moines, R. E. Patten: 1939

Seller ID: 16631


This is a small archive of material printed by Robert E. Patten and his family. Robert E, Patten moved to Des Moines, Iowa in the 1920's and started a printing business. At 31 $250.00least two more generations of the family lived there and became heavily involved in Civil Rights activities. One of Patten's sons, Hobart, changed his family name to "De Patten," on the idea that "Patten" was a name given to the family by whites. His son Clive, eventually became a Black Panther in Des Moines and changed his name to Kolangi Lumumba Saadiq. He was active in Des Moines as a journalist for the Des ... View more info

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The Auction of the Black Memorabilia Collection of Edgar and Donna Orchard

By: (Richard Opfer Auctioneering, Inc.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Timonium, Richard Opfer Auctioneering, Inc.: 1993

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16281

Condition: Very Good


Stapled green wraps with B&W image of "Cotton" sheet music. Catalog has some light edge and corner wear along with scuffing or discoloration on surface of wraps. Please see scan. Binding is secure and catalog is square. An insert of the auction prices realized is laid in.. While this catalog is unpaginated, it is over 100 pages with many illustrations. While the prices are dated, the catalog is still an exceptional resource since the Orchard collection was extensive. Included are books, sheet music, advertising, pottery, ephemera, banks and many other categories of memorabilia.; B&W Photograph... View more info

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Oppenheimer Concert Series, Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco

By: (Robeson, Paul)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Oppenheimer Concert Series: 1931

Seller ID: 16457

Condition: Very Good-


This is a program for the Sevent Concert in the 1930-31 Oppenheimer Concert Series at the Dreamland Auditorium in San Francisco, February 26, 1931. It featured Paul Robeson with Lawrence Brown at the piano in a concert of Negro Music, mostly spirituals, many arranged by Brown. Coming attractions included Paderewski and Yehudin Menuhin. The program has a vertical fold with light wear along the folds. Two song titles have been written in, probably added to the program. ; Seventh Concert; tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 4 pages View more info

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Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

By: (Shuttlesworth, Rev. F. L.) Postcard by H. F. Gardner, ca. 1966

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Alabama), H. F. Gardner: ca. 1966

Seller ID: 16227

Condition: Fine


This full color postcard of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth appears as almost new. The card seems to be from a set done by H. F. Gardner of Famous Alabamians. (Some of the cards were of baseball players and other athletes and are highly valused. This card is of Fred Shuttlesworth a Civil Rights leader from near Selma. Shuttlesworth was, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, a co-founder of the SCLC and was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement. These cards seem to date from the 1960's. ; Postcard; Color Photographs; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 1 pages View more info

Image for For Martin Luther King and Boston, April 23 (1965)

For Martin Luther King and Boston, April 23 (1965)

By: (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Boston, (SCLC): 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16424

Condition: Very Good


Tri-fold (8 pp.) pamphlet for April 23,1965 rally in Boston for Martin Luther King. The pamphlet measures 5.5X9.5 and is accordion-folded. There is very light, general wear along with light toning on edges. There is an old, mostly flattened, but stll there, vertical fold where this was probably placed in a pocket. There is some toning along these fold lines as well. Overall the pamphlet is VG. The only date on the pamphlet is April 23, but there was a rally in Boston on that date in 1965, a little over a month after "Bloody Selma." The pamphlet features information on the Southern Chri... View more info

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Stepin Fetchit Autographed Collage Photograph

By: (Stepin Fetchit)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Stepin Fetchit): ca. 1938

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16355


This is an 8 X 10, B&W collage photograph of popular African-American actor Stepin Fetchit. It is signed by the actor with an inscription, "To Thad," in a light area near the top right corner. The photo is in about VG+ with slight aging and wear along the margins. The photo itself seems to have had a sepia tone. Stepin Fetchit, real name Lincoln Perry, was known for his stereotypical roles in the 1930's and 40's. He was later invovled, to an extent, in the Civil Rights movement and was a friend of Mohammed Ali. He was a pioneer black actor in white cinema even though he was assigned essentiall... View more info

Image for The Student Voice, Vol. 5, No. 8

The Student Voice, Vol. 5, No. 8

By: (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Atlanta, SNCC: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16349

Condition: Near Fine


This is an uncirculated SNCC newsletter; a single sheet folded to form four pages, including offset photographic illustrations. Slightly toned, otherwise Fine. Initially this was a monthly publication, then weekly, The Student Voice was nationally distributed and provided coverage of the Civil Rights movement throughout the South. The reporting chronicled sit-ins, strikes, protests, bloody confrontations, court decisions, etc., often accompanied by graphic illustrations from photographs. Additionally, the newsletter became a reliable recruiting and fundraising vehicle. This issue features the ... View more info

Image for Pearson Freeman. [To accompany bill H. R. No. 46.]

Pearson Freeman. [To accompany bill H. R. No. 46.]

By: (The Committee on Revolutionary Pensions)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Washington DC, 23d Congress, 1st Session, Ho. of Reps.: 1833

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16702

Condition: Very Good


Disbound House Bill from the 23rd Congress on December 18, 1833. The Bill concerned Pearson Freeman and elderly African-American man who was seeking a pension for his service in the American Revolution. The document first states that Freeman, "being a Black man, ... did not serve in the ranks" but was in the wagon department. The document references soldiers from the Revolution who witnessed Freeman in service at West Point, the Highlands and the Connecticut Huts. Another deponent said that Freeman was in Capt. Roswell Ransom's department. The pension was granted. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 2 pages View more info

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The Station Confectionery, Trade Card, "Where Colored People Are Welcome"

By: (The Station Confectionery)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Dayton, The Station Confectionary: ca. 1910

Seller ID: 16363

Condition: Near Fine


This small, pink trade card has almost no wear. It is near fine. This card is of interest because The Station Confectionery Company opposite Union Station in Dayton says in the second line on the card, "Where Colored People Are Welcome." Union Station opened in Dayton in 1900 and there are early references to people eating ice cream and confections at the station. This card shows the problems that African-Americans faced in doing ordinary activities. That The Station Confectionery saw fit to put their welcome for colored People implies that similar businesses did not extend such welcome. It is... View more info

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Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Fundraising Pamphlet

By: (Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute: 1898

Seller ID: 16348

Condition: Very Good+


Single-fold, slick paper, 4 pp. pamphlet from Tuskegee Institute. Some very light wear and aging. About near fine. One interior page tells briefly of accomplishments at Tuskegee while the other shows a B&W drawing of the George and Mary Stearns Agricultural Hall. The back panel lists the Trustees and provides a space for the recipient to make a donation. This is a small19th century pamphlet from the Institute. It comes with a Booker T. Washington half dollar. ; B&W Drawing of Tuskegee building; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 4 pages View more info

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Carver Movie Brochure - Pinky with Ethel Waters, 1949

By: (Unknown)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Alexandria, Carver Movie Theater: 1949

Seller ID: 15656

Condition: Very Good


This is a single-fold, brochure of coming attractions for the Carver Theater in Alexandria, Virginia. The brochure has very light, general wear with even age-toning. On the front and back pages someon has written in pencil. Please see scan. Overall this brochure is in VG to VG+ condition. The brochure came from the collection of an African-American man and seems to have been a part of his collection becaue of the ad for the 1949 movie, Pinky "She Passed For White". The ad gives Ethel Waters the biggest display. Other movies in the brochure are G-Men with James Cagney, The Bride with Av... View more info

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Thirteenth Annual State Council Meeting of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina, Program

By: (Unknown)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Raleigh, Negro Home Demonstration Clubs: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16331

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, beige, self wraps with black titles and seal of organization. Some soiling on front and rear, especially in front third near spine. Also, numbers are written in on the back in pencil by the names of NC counties that have Negro Home Demonstration Clubs. I suspect the numbers are for members. Except for soiling, the program would be about near fine. The Program lists the activities for various sessions, various officers and presenters, and lyrics to songs, including, oddly, "Home on the Range." ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 8 pages View more info