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

Created by
Unidentified
Date
20th century
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)
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].
Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Culinary
Type
coffee cups
Topic
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
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5200ae469-3054-4ead-a804-b4b056602c20
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