A broadside advertising the musical drama "Out of Bondage", the first play about slavery with an African-American cast. It features the cast, and a synopsis of the three acts that make up the play. The broadside has some slight wear and is affixed to a piece of paper. There is an inscription on the front of the broadside that reads: [Sept. 10th].
A contract for Haverly's "Genuine Colored" Mastodon Minstrels to perform at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The contract is a long folio leaf, with pre-printed fields that have been filled out by hand. An edit, by hand in ink, adds: "Genuine Colored" at the top of the document, which was signed by the troupe's manager, Charles Frohman. This contract stipulates that the minstrels were to get a share of the house take, based on the receipts at the door, a common practice even today. Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels was a black-face minstrel troupe created in 1877. The back of the contract has an inscription that gives a name and a date.
A yellowish brown albumen print cartes-de-visite photograph of Thomas Wiggins. He is sitting in a chair with his left side facing the camera. He is holding a piece of paper with his right hand. His left hand is resting on his knee. A textile is on the left side of the photograph. A curtain is on the right side of the photograph. A textile is on the left side of the photograph. Printed on the bottom of the card mount is “Germon,” and “914 Arch St. Phila.”
albumen, sodium chloride, silver nitrate on photographic paper and cardboard
H x W (Mount): 3 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 1/16 in. (8.3 x 17.1 x 0.2 cm)
A black-and-white stereograph group photograph of the original Jubilee Singers from Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee. The object consists of double photographs of the same image taken from two slightly different perspectives. Stereographs are distinctive among other stereoscopic photographs because they are photographic prints mounted on cards, From 1856 they were produced with twin-lens cameras, creating a three dimensional effect when viewed through a stereoscope.