A first edition of the novel, This Child's Gonna Live, by Sarah E. Wright.
The cover features a background image of a sepia toned portrait of Sarah E. Wright with off-white text. The book is 276 pages. The novel is set in a fishing village on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the Depression. It tells the story of an impoverished wife of an oysterman and her family.
H x W (sign): 11 1/4 x 17 1/16 in. (28.6 x 43.3 cm)
frame: 18 3/16 x 23 5/8 x 13/16 in. (46.2 x 60 x 2.1 cm)
Rectangular cardboard sign featuring black and white text against an orange background. At the top left is a black text on a white field that reads "AUTHORIZED / AGENT." To the bottom right of the box is a decorative white swirl. The rest of the sign is filled with black text outlined in white. It reads "Mme. C. J. Walker's / SYSTEM / AND / PREPARATIONS". There is a heavy black underline under the name Walker. A black line forms a border around the outer edges of the sign. A black cord is strung through two holes at the top center. The sign is currently housed in a dark wooden frame with white mat board and glass front. On the back of the frame is a museum label from a previous exhibit.
A blue-and-white striped nurse's uniform worn by Pauline Brown Payne. The dress has a button-up front and detachable white collar and sleeve cuffs. The collar is attached to the neck of the dress with one button at the nape and the collars are attached with two buttons on the outside of the sleeve. The sleeves have the manufacturer's information stamped in black ink on the inside and the collar there are two names written in freehand. The dress is an A-line silhouette with a pocket at the PL breast and one on the PR hip. The stripes of the dress are vertical, except at the waist, where there is a horizontally cut band. There are white buttons above and below as well as at the waist. There is a manufacturer's and a personal tag sewn to the inside nape of the neck.
A plasticized two piece nurse's white apron worn by Pauline Brown Payne. The top portion, or bib of the apron (2013.90.2.2a) is a solid piece of fabric that covers the torso from waist to shoulders, broader at the chest and narrowing at the waist. The top of the piece has two straps designed to go over the shoulders and attach to the skirt at the small of the back with a button. The interior front edge of the bib has the manufacturer's tag and has the owner's name inked in two places. The apron skirt (2013.90.2.2b) is flared and worn wrapped around the body and open at the back. It fastens with two buttons at the small of the back. There is a manufacturer's tag and a personal tag sewn to the PL side of the back of the waist.
White pair of shoes fastened with white laces in a wingtip style. Shoes covered in white shoe polish. Shoes have a slight heal with sole guards added. The heals have the brand name in the center [WINGFOOT/GOODYEAR].