Walking toy in the form of a caricatured porter

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
paint on wood , metal
Dimensions
12 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (30.8 x 14 x 11.4 cm)
Type
walking dolls
Date
ca. 1935
Description
A painted, wooden walking toy in the form of a caricatured porter. The porter has a cartoonish face with large, round eyes and a wide white mouth. He is painted wearing bellhop uniform: a gold jacket with four (4) black buttons and the word [SAMBO] under his proper left breast pocket. A hat is painted on top of his head, gold with a red front. His torso is hinged at the waist to his cylindrical, red legs. The porter has large platform feet with curved bottoms that allows the toy to walk. The shoes are painted black, the backs gold. There are circular grooves cut into the porter's lower back.
Topic
African American
Caricature and cartoons
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
2007.7.206
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification
Toys and Games
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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