In 1891, the Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins opened the Jenkins Orphanage for African American boys in Charleston, South Carolina. Unable to provide for the growing number of boys under his care, Rev. Jenkins asked members of the Charleston community to donate used musical instruments with the intention of raising money for the orphanage by forming a travelling band. Wearing discarded Citadel uniforms, the band performed a mix of military marches, folk tunes, and ragtime throughout the United States and in Europe. The band played in the inaugural parades of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. They also appeared at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and the 1914 Anglo-American Exposition, where they performed for members of the British Royal Family.
A black and white photograph postcard of the Jenkins Orphanage Band of Charleston, South Carolina. The photograph features twenty (20) boys and young men in uniform standing in rows, holding musical instruments including french horns, marching euphoniums, drums, and trombones. All of the band members are looking at the camera. At the bottom of the photograph is printed [JENKINS ORPHAN BAND Charleston S.C.]. At the lower left corner is the mark [Tappin-Elcha/ 438 Lenox Ave. N.Y] in white. The verso of the postcard is printed at the upper edge: [POST CARD/ CORRESPONDENCE [vertical line] ADDRESS ONLY].
A reddish brown stereograph photograph of a butcher shop scene. In the image, two men stand in front of a display of meat that appears to be staged in a photography studio. The man on the left is wearing khakis, a coat, and a hat with an up-turned rear brim. He is holding a wicker basket to the man in front of him. The man standing in the center of the image is dressed in white pants, a long-sleeved white shirt covered, white apron and a white hat. He is reaching out for the basket with one hand. In the background is a shelf with three rafters that feature two sets of ribs, an upended chicken, a flank, a leg, a hen, and a trussed package. At the far right of the photograph stand two butcher’s blocks. Printed in black text on the card on the left side is “F. A. NOWELL, / No. 263 KING STREET, CHARLESTON, S.C.” Printed in black text on the right side of the card is “Charleston & Vicinity.” Listed on the back of the card are “Catalogue of Views of Charleston and Vicinity,” with titles listed from #1-70. "No. 25. Market Scene" is underlined lightly in graphite.
a photograph of barbers and customers in a barbershop in New Orleans, LA by photographer Leonard Freed. The photo looks down between two rows of barber chairs and depicts several young barbers standing at their charis. Most of the barbers are men but to the right of the center of the photo stands a young woman in a barber jacket. The date and place the photo was taken are inscribed on the back along with the photographer's stamp.