A black-and-white print of vocational students learning how to cook and bake at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. A prayer is partially visible on the dining room chalkboard to the right of the frame.
A gelatin silver print of four women working in a kitchen at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. A fifth, older woman oversees a younger as she ices a cake.
A cabinet card with a black-and-white print of an unidentified man drinking from a jug while sitting in a wagon. The Conestoga wagon is missing its canvas cover so that the man is fully visible seated in the bed between the exposed ribs. His feet are propped up on the proper right front wheel and he holds a large ceramic jug up to his lips to drink. The wagon is drawn by two oxen that are significantly different in size. The wagon is parked in a dirt street with several store fronts visible along a brick sidewalk in the background. A group of white men in suits stand in front of the nearest storefront to the wagon in the right background. The title "White Man's Bar" is printed in white in the lower right corner of the image, inferring that the African American man in the wagon is drinking alcohol in the street because he is not allowed into the whites only bar. The series title and photographer name are printed in dark blue ink on the bottom and sides of the mount. A descriptive narrative about the series, "The Land of the Sky," is printed in black ink on the back of the tan card mount.
Small rectangular white tag with a large hole in the upper third. Below, in the remaining two-thirds is text "NOTICE TO GUESTS/ The content of this bottle is/ sold to you as a beverage and/with the understanding that/ it will not be mixed or used/ with any alcoholic content/ liquor in violation of the/ prohibition laws./ THE MANAGEMENT/ COTTON CLUB/ Lenox Ave. at 142nd St./ New York." On the reverse, written upside down in pencil is a multi-lined illegible note.
A cabinet card with an albumen print of an unidentified man sitting in a dirt yard near a wooden structure. The man is sitting on an overturned wooden crate near a short homemade oven made from stacked bricks. A kettle and other cooking implements are gathered near the oven and the man's crate. He looks at the photographer and has his arms crossed and propped onto his thighs. A short wooden structure held up by two large sticks is in the left background. In the right background is a larger wooden structure with a sloped shingled roof that is made from boards, with several additional boards and sticks used to prop up the original structure. The print is mounted on gray cardboard. An inscription handwritten on the reverse reads, "Cooking his breakfast / Augusta Ga".
A hardback copy of the sixth edition of the Picayune Creole Cook Book which has in total 390 off-white pages separated into different categories of Creole cuisine in several distinct chapters. The front cover is beige, with some slight darker discoloration around the edges, and features a dark blue ink illustration in its center. The drawing depicts a woman in a polka-dot blouse with rolled up sleeves, a checkered skirt, an apron around her waist, and a head wrap covering her hair, stirring the contents of a large bowl. A pitcher sits next to the bowl on the table; above the image is the book's title centered in a dark blue label which reads [PICAYUNE / CREOLE/ COOK / BOOK]. The interior of the front cover has a sticker featuring a black-and-white landscape/exterior shot from the visual perspective of a covered patio; [EX LIBRIS/ANITA BALDWIN] is written into the scene on the bottom and top rails of the patio. There are three handwritten notes on the interior of the front cover, [Not to be taken] underlined and repeated on the top right of the first blank title page. [Anita M. Baldwin / (illegible)] is centered on the first blank title page. The first interior page is 3/4 full of handwritten penciled text. There are pencil marks throughout the text which scratch out the word "carrots" from recipes which include them as an ingredient.
Black and white photo of a group of people having a picnic. Eight people are seated on the ground facing the camera. The man on the far left is wearing dress slacks, a button down dress shirt and tie. His right arm is resting on his right knee, exposing his socks. The woman on the far right is wearing a dress and holding food in her left hand. Picnic food and other items are situated on top of white linen in the center of the group. There are no inscriptions, front or back. This photograph is found on page three of the Ervin Sisters photo album.