Printed by
The Sun Book and Job Printing Establishment, American, after 1851
Subject of
Wiggins, Thomas Greene, American, 1849 - 1908
ca. 1876
ink on paper
closed: 8 15/16 × 5 11/16 × 1/8 in. (22.7 × 14.4 × 0.3 cm)
open: 8 15/16 × 11 15/16 × 1/8 in. (22.7 × 30.3 × 0.3 cm)
A pamphlet containing a summary of Blind Tom's life with lyrics to songs. The pamphlet is printed on off white paper with black ink and has thirty two pages. The front cover reads “SONGS, / SKETCH OF THE LIFE” at the top with a black-and-white image of Blind Tom. “TESTIMONIALS / FROM THE / MOST EMINENT COMPOSERS” is printed on the left side of the image and “AND OPINIONS OF THE / American and English / PRESS” is printed on the right side. Printed below the image is “OF / BLIND TOM / The Marvelous Musical Prodigy, / THE NEGRO BOY PIANIST, / WHOSE RECENT PERFORMANCES AT THE / Great St. James and Egyptian Halls, London, and Salle Hertz, Paris, / HAVE CREATED SUCH A PROFOUND SENSATION.” The back cover has “BLIND TOM'S CONCERTS / PROGRAMME” printed on it with lists of songs performed by Blind Tom in two columns.
Place printed
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Child musicians
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Paxton and Rachel Baker
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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