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Mug and lid for "Jolly Boy Black Tea" depicting a “picaninny” boy

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Unidentified
Medium
tin and paint
Dimensions
H x W x D (2007.7.188a): 3 3/16 × 4 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (8.1 × 11.7 × 9.2 cm)
H x W x D (2007.7.188b): 1 3/8 × 3 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (3.5 × 8.9 × 8.9 cm)
Type
coffee cups
Date
20th century
Description
A tin coffee mug (2007.7.183a) and lid (2007.7.10.183b) depicting a “picaninny” boy. The mug and lid are white with some black accents around the edge and the handle. The image on the side of the mug features a cartoon depiction of a boy hanging from the letters [J] and [Y] in the word [Jolly] in a red rimmed yellow circle against a green background. Above and below the child, in red letters, is the text [JOLLY / BOY / BLACK TEA].
Topic
African American
Advertising
Caricature and cartoons
Cooking and dining
Domestic life
Foodways
Stereotypes
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Object number
2007.7.188ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Culinary
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture