Crank toy in the form of two minstrel male dancers

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
wood , cloth and metal
Dimensions
16 3/4 x 21 x 11 1/4 in. (42.5 x 53.3 x 28.6 cm)
Type
mechanical toys
Date
late 19th-early 20th century
Description
A crank toy in the form of two minstrel male dancers mounted atop a brown wooden box. The figures are metal and wood, and are connected by wire to a cylindrical metal spindle covered in red fabric that protrudes out from a round hole in the top of the box. The figures have identical fabric clothing: brown shirts, white bow ties, white belts, and tan pants. Both figures dimpled bald heads, round white eyes, large red mouths, widely spaced white teeth, elongated necks and have bare feet. An L-shaped silver metal crank extends out from one side of the box. The crank has a brown and black wooden handle.
Topic
African American
Caricature and cartoons
Domestic life
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
2007.7.266
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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