Illustrated by
Outcault, Richard Felton, American, 1863 - 1928
Printed by
J. Ottmann Lithographing Company, American, 1874 - 1910
Subject of
Holden, Olive H., American
ink on paper
H x W: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (8.9 x 14 cm)
A postcard depicting a caricatured boy eating a slice of watermelon. The front of postcard features a color illustration of a boy eating a slice of watermelon. The boy is smiling widely and holding a partially eaten watermelon slice in both hands. He wears a blue shirt with black suspenders. Illustrated stalks of corn are to the side and in front of him. A black printed signature under the illustration reads [R. F. Outcault]. Black printed text at the top right reads [I'M VERY BUSY JUST NOW]. Blue printed text in the bottom right corner [COPYRIGHT 1905 BY J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N.H.]. The postcard is inscribed in black ink on the top, left corner of the recto with the text [June 14, 1909]. The right side of the recto is inscribed in black ink with the text [getting ready to / go to the seashore / Harwich port on / the Cape. We go the / middle or last of the / week for the summer. / I like the Dr. & Mrs. / Bragg very much and / Foxboro is fine too. / I'm awfully sorry we / lose you from Royalston. / We shall miss you & / Margaret. Wasn't it / sad about Gladys Jackson? / How does Wesley take it?]. The inscription continues on the verso [Hope you are all / well and happy. / How is old Jim & / sport? If you will / answer this I / will try to give / you more details / next time. My address / is Olive H. Holden, / Foxboro, Mass. / of Dr. F. A. Bragg / Ask Marge to please / write]. Printed on the top, center of the recto is the text [POST CARD] and [THIS SIDE FOR ADDRESS] printed on the bottom left edge. The postcard has been addressed to [Mrs. Fred W. Holmann / Chesterfield, / N.H.]. Inside the stamp box is a green one cent U.S. postage stamp and postmarked [FOXBORO / 1909 / MASS]. Along the top edge of the recto is an inscription in pencil [signed Outcault 10- as is].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Caricature and cartoons
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
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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