A black-and-white photographic postcard of an elderly man gathering possessions after the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois. The man is depicted in the center of the image, outside of what appears to be a residential structure, amid a scattering of furniture, clothing, and other domestic objects. The man holds a small drawer of possessions in his proper left hand, against his proper left hip. In front of him is what appears to be dresser drawers stacked in the grass and full of tangled pieces of clothing and an upturned chair. Behind him, a small table piled with more random belongings and a chair sit in front of a tree. To the right side of the image, closer to the street, is a larger table with cookware and other items on it. In front of the table, standing in the street, are two white men, both looking towards the camera. The men are dressed in dark pants, jackets, and hats. The scene is in front of a single story dwelling with wooden siding, an open doorway, and two shutter-less windows. Written in white at the bottom of the image is [Old negro saving few articles after mob violence, many were destitute and homeless]. There is a small, round loss in the left side of the photograph, top center.
The postcard is unused and has a divided back with a space marked as [CORRESPONDENCE HERE] and a space marked as [NAME AND ADDRESS HERE]. The postcard is printed on AZO paper, with an AZO stamp mark in the upper right corner of the back. A handwritten inscription in graphite along the top of the back reads [Old Negro saving few articles after mob violence most went destitute and homeless. (SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT ILL.)].
A cabinet card with an albumen print of five (5) women and three (3) men standing next to a row of white-washed wooden buildings identified in the title as "Negro Cabins on Kenilworth Plantation." The cabins are arranged in a line, with the photographer positioned so that they recede into the distance from right to left in the frame. Treetops are visible behind the buildings. The people are mostly gathered in front of the foremost cabin, though two men stand between this cabin and the one next to it. The photographer's name is imprinted in the image in the lower right. The title is handwritten in black ink on the bottom of the mount. A gilt frame is printed onto the mount around the outer front sides. The photographer's name and address are stamped upside down on the reverse of the tan card mount.