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"House-Rent Party" Lobby Card, 1946

By: Newfield, Sam (director)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Toddy Pictures Co.: 1946

Seller ID: 15895

Condition: Very Good


Generally light edge and corner wear but with tape along bottom and right margins. The bottom left corner has had damage that has caused some creasing that is now flattenedOtherwise, some light soiling, aging and wear. Still a rather bright and attractive example with a great main image. This is a lobby card from "House-Rent Party" and all-black-cast movie produced in 1946 by Toddy Pictures and starring Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham. Toddy Pictures Co. was started by Ted Toddy who worked at Columbia. Toddy produced movies for the African-American market and eventually developed a nat... View more info

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"House-Rent Party" Lobby Card, 1946

By: Newfield, Sam (director)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Toddy Pictures Co.: 1946

Seller ID: 15891

Condition: Very Good+


Very light edge and corner wear with one indent/crease along right edge. Still bright, a very attractive example. This is a lobby card from "House-Rent Party" and all-black-cast movie produced in 1946 by Toddy Pictures and starring Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham. Toddy Pictures Co. was started by Ted Toddy who worked at Columbia. oddy produced movies for the African-American market and eventually developed a national distribution chain. Pigmeat Markham was an African-American comedian, famous for his "Here com the judge" routine. In the 1960's, his appearances on Laugh-In catapulted him to fame with ... View more info

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"House-Rent Party" Lobby Card, 1946

By: Newfield, Sam (director)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Toddy Pictures Co.: 1946

Seller ID: 15894

Condition: Very Good+


Very light edge and corner wear with only very light soiling and aging otherwise, a bright, attractive example. This is a lobby card from "House-Rent Party" and all-black-cast movie produced in 1946 by Toddy Pictures and starring Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham. Toddy Pictures Co. was started by Ted Toddy who worked at Columbia. Toddy produced movies for the African-American market and eventually developed a national distribution chain. Pigmeat Markham was an African-American comedian, famous for his "Here com the judge" routine. In the 1960's, his appearances on Laugh-In catapulted him to fame with w... View more info

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The Black Panther, July 19, 1971 : InterCommunal News Service

By: Newton, Huey P. (ed.)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: San Francisco, The Black Panther Party: 1971

Seller ID: 15339

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial newsprint wraps with black titles and blue border. Expected aging of newsprint; otherwise almost no wear. About near fine except for aging. This issue focuses mainly on the trial of Huey P. Newton. ; Vol. VI, No. 25; B&W Illustrations; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 19 pages View more info

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The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers

By: Padmore, George

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, The R.I.L.U. Magazine for the Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers: 1931

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16137

Condition: Very Good- in Fair dust jacket


The book has a beige, burlap-type coth over boards with black titles. It has relatively light, general wearbut some aging and soiling. The dustwrapper is quite fragile and is parting along the front spine edge. The top inch of the spine is torn away but still present in the Mylar protecter. It is still presentable in Mylar. This book on the history and plight of black workers throughout the world was published by the Red International of Labor Unions, a Soviet Communist organization promoting the unification of black workers worldwide. This is a rather uncommon book in the first edition. ; 8... View more info

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Maybe I'll Pitch Foreverl

By: Paige, Leroy (Satchel) As Told To David Lipman

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1962

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 13307

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Both book and jacket have only very light wear and aging. Wonderful autobiography of pitching legend, Satchell Paige. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 285 pages View more info

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The present state and condition of the free people of color, of the city of Philadelphia and adjoining districts, as exhibited by the report of a committee of the Pennsylvania society for promoting the abolition of slavery, &c.

By: Parrish, Joseph (committee chairman)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, For the Society by Merrihew and Gunn, Printers: 1838

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16045

Condition: Very Good


In complete form this pamphlet has 40 pages; this copy has only the first 20 which is the report of Joseph Parrish who was the President of the Society. This pamphlet was originally stitched but the thread is long gone and it has now been tipped together including an old, paper, library cover with a portion of the title written in a calligraphic script. There is also a stamped number on the upper right, probably from the collector who owned this last. The library cover could probably be easily removed. Even though incomplete, this is still an interesting, and uncommon, report on the conditions... View more info

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Blackface and Music: A New Minstrel Folio

By: Paskman, Dailey

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Edward B. Marks Music Corporation: 1936

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15640

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, red, pictorial wraps with black and red titles and image of stereotyped blackface minstrel. This book has light, general wear with some wear near staples and two bits of writing in pencil on white hat brim. Minstrelsy began around the time of the Civil War and persisted into the 1960's and 1970's. Though racially charged in its conception, minstrel shows were performed by both black and white entertainers and they probably preserved many songs that were African-American in origin. This book is a complete minstrel show with both a script and musical numbers. There are some rather poorl... View more info

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Ben Davis, Crusader for Negro Freedom & Socialism

By: Patterson, William L.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, New Outlook Publishers: 1967

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16416

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, reddish wraps with white titles and image of Ben Davis. Very light edge and corner wear, square and securely bound, about near fine. This is an account of the life of Ben Davis, an African-American lawyer from Georgia who became an active Communist/socialist in the struggle for African-American rights. Davis was involved as a defense lawyer in the Angelo Herndon case in Atlanta in 1933 and became an outspoken Communist. He eventually moved to New York and was elected to the City Council from Harlem as an avowed Communist. He was tried under the Smith Act and sentenced to prison, essen... View more info

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In Honor of Paul Robeson: Excerpts from a Speech by William L. Patterson

By: Patterson, William L.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Communist Party USA: 1969

Seller ID: 16440

Condition: Very Good-


Bifold pamphlet with six panels. Cover has photo of Robeson. This pamphlet has some light surface wear, most likely from an old dampstain. It is in overall VG- condition. The pamphlet is the excerpt of a speech by William L. Patterson. It was issued by the Communist Party USA in honor of Robeson's 71st birthday. The pamphlet is not dated but comes from either 1969 or 1970. Relatively scarce with only seven copies listed by WorldCat. ; B&W Photograph of Robeson; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 6 pages View more info

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Test Your I-Q on Religiosity & Churches

By: Payne, Talmage (Carver Bible Institute)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Carver Bible institute: ca. 1955

Seller ID: 16122

Condition: Very Good-


Tall thin, double-fold pamphlet on slick paper with B&W photograpic illustrations. Some light wear and age-toning with a horizontal crease across mid-line, probably from folding to put in a coat pocket. The crease is flattened. Bit of writing in ink at top of rear panel. Overall, VG- to VG. This pamphlet from the Carver Bible Institute in Atlanta is a catechism of questions about African-Americans and religion. The Carver Bible Institute was an outreach of the Moody Bible Institute. Carver began under the leadership of Talmadge Payne and his wife, Grace, from 1943 to 1964. This pamphlet probab... View more info

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The Pennsylvania Freedmen's Bulletin, December 15, 1865

By: Pennsylvania Freedmen's Relief Association

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Freedmen's Relief Association: 1865

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16046

Condition: Good+


Newsprint wraps that have been professionally tipped together since the original stitching had failed. There is edge and corner wear with some flaking and toning on wraps. The rear wrap is only partly attached and has some loss. This Association used a rather fragile newsprint that has not held up well. This issue gives reports on the Association's work, primarily in the South, and lists many individuals, teachers and missionaries who work in various places in the South. Exceptional information. This was the first year of issue of this periodical and by 1868 it ceased publication and was taken... View more info

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Act of Incorporation and Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery : and for the relief of free negroes unlawfully held in bondage, and for improving the condition of the African race

By: Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Merrihew & Thompson (for the Society): 1860

Seller ID: 16049

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Toned newsprint with remnant of original wrap laid down to thin cardboard and tipped to pamphlet. This pamphlet has been professionally restitched through the original holes. Please see scan for a clear picture of front wrap -- no text is missing, though it is mainly a remnant. This is the 1860 printing of this pamphlet which had been published a number of times since the beginning of the Society in 1775. Besides the Act of Incorporation and Constitution of this important Abolitionist group, there is also a list, quite lengthy, of all who had been elected members of the Society. WorldCat indi... View more info

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Quest for Dignity: An Autobiography of a Negro Doctor

By: Peyton, Thomas Roy, M. D.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Walter F. Lewis, Publisher: 1950

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16038

Condition: Very Good+


Book has light, general wear and some light aging. No jacket but the front flap is laid in. Square and securely bound; a very attractive copy. This is an African-American doctor's story of trying to find acceptance and dignity in American society prior to 1950. Blockson 7855. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 156 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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The Book of Numbers

By: Pharr, Robert Deane

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15816

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only light wear at corner and spine ends along with a former owner's name in ink on ffep. Light aging, mainly on edges. VG to VG+. Jacket has some wear at corner tips and spine ends with some minor creasing and wear along top edge. VG. This was Pharr's first novel and deals with African-American life on the edge of white society in a Southern city in the 1930's. The main character goes from a small-time numbers dealer to vast wealth. Entertaining and interesting work of fiction. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 374 pages View more info

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Tall, Tan and Terrific Movie Still : Unidentified Pianist and Singer

By: Pollard, Bud (producer and director)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Astor Pictures Corporation: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15848


This B&W still from the movie Tall, Tan and Terrific shows an unidentified pianist and singer awho are featured in a number in the film. The still has light wear including some very light, flattened crease lines but is still very close to near fine. Tall, Tan and Terrific was a Black Cinema movie starring Mantan Moreland, Monte Hawley and Francine Everett. It had a lackluster plot but featured performances by many early 20th century African-American performers including Mantan Moreland, Francine Everett, Monte Hawley, Butterbeans Bradford, Rudy Toombs and others. Stills from these all-black-... View more info

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Tall, Tan and Terrific Movie Still : Probably Lou Swartz and an Unknown Actor

By: Pollard, Bud (producer and director)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Astor Pictures Corporation: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15849


This B&W still from the movie Tall, Tan and Terrific, shows an unidentified couple snuggling on a sofa. The female, who performs a romantic, novelty song in this scene, is likely Lou Swartz; the identity of the male actor, who does not sing, is not clear. This is likely the only image of the two. The still has light wear including some very light, flattened crease lines but is still very close to near fine. Tall, Tan and Terrific was a Black Cinema movie starring Mantan Moreland, Monte Hawley and Francine Everett. It had a lackluster plot but featured performances by many early 20th century A... View more info

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Tall, Tan and Terrific Movie Still : Mantan Moreland, Monte Hawley and Francine Everett

By: Pollard, Bud (producer and director)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Astor Pictures Corporation: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15847


This B&W still from the movie Tall, Tan and Terrific shows Mantan Moreland, Francine Everett and Monte Hawley. The still has light wear including some very light, flattened crease lines but is still very close to near fine. Tall, Tan and Terrific was an All-Black-Cast movie starring Mantan Moreland, Monte Hawley and Francine Everett. It had a lackluster plot but featured performances by many early 20th century African-American performers including Moreland, Everett, Butterbeans Bradford, Rudy Toombs and others. Stills from these all-black-cast movies are difficult to find.Here is the plot fr... View more info

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My American Journey

By: Powell, Colin with Joseph E. Persico

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1995

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15587

ISBN: 0679432965

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book appears to be as new. Jacket is close to fine but has some very light shelf wear. Powell's autobiography. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 643 pages View more info

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Mortgage Bond, 1923, Chicago Temple

By: Prince Hall Masonic Temple Asociation

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, Douglas National Bank: 1923

Seller ID: 16465

Condition: Very Good+


Prince Hall is the oldest African-American Masonic order in the US. It's founder, Prince Hall, became involved with Freemasonry before the American Revolution. This is a $100 Mortgage Bond from the time of the construction of the Price Hall Masonic Temple in Chicago in 1923, payable at 6% interest, or $3 every six months for five years. The coupons are still attached though each has been punched, and there are punches where there are spaces for signatures of the President and Secretary of the association. Condition is VG with light wear on the folds. ; B&W Illustrations; Thin Small 4to 9" - ... View more info

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The Wind Done Gone: The Unauthorized Parody

By: Randall, Alice

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 2001

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14615

ISBN: 061810450X

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Both book and jacket have only a hint of shelf wear. This was the somewhat controversial black parody of Gone with the Wind. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 210 pages View more info

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The Wind Done Gone

By: Randall, Alice

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 2001

Edition: Uncorrected Proof; First Printing

Seller ID: 16108

ISBN: 061810450X

Condition: Near Fine


This is a very nice, softcover, uncorrected proof of Alice Randall's parody of Gone with the Wind. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 214 pages View more info

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Collecting Black Americana

By: Reno, Dawn E.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: 1986

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16284

ISBN: 051756095X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has almost no wear and some light aging, mainly on endpapers; jacket has toning around edges and some very minor wear. While pricing information in this 1986 guide is dated and all the photoa are B&W, the book is still an exceptionally good source of information on African-Americana with a very informative text. The book, unlike many others, does not focus on just racially stereotyped items but considers more serious collectibles including books, photographs and much more. ; B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 150 pages View more info

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Pictorial Negro League Legends Album

By: Retort, Robert D.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New Castle, R. D. Retort Enterprises: 1992

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16490

Condition: Very Good+


Beige wraps with deep brown titles and image of crossed abts. Light, general wear and aging with minor curling at bottom right corner. Overall, VG to VG+. This copy is signed and inscibed on the half-title page by Negro Leagues player Jimmy Dean. Dean has also signed under his photograph on page 16. This book is an exceptional compendium of photographs of and information on Negro League players and teams. The autograph of Dean adds to an already excellent book. ; B&W Photgraphs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 260 pages; Signed by Associated View more info

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A Black Woman Speaks ... Of White Womanhood Of White Supremacy Of Peace

By: Richardson, Beulah (Beah Richards)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, American Women for Peace: 1951

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16411

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, beige wraps with image of two women -- one black, one white. This copy has only very light general wear and aging. The booklet, which is 12 pages (unpaginated) is a poem written by Richardson in 1951 and read by her at The Women's Workshop at the American Peace Congress held in Chicago in 1951. Richardson is more well-known under the name Beah Richards which she used for her long acting career and under which name later editions of this poem were printed. Richards was nominated for an Oscar in Guess Who's Coming for Dinner and one an Emmy for a guest appearance on the TV show, Frank's... View more info