Paper doll from the Amos 'n' Andy radio show

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Distributed by
Pepsodent Company, American, 1915 - 1944
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 4 × 4 9/16 in. (10.2 × 11.6 cm)
Type
paper dolls
Date
1931
Description
A color paper doll depicting Andy Brown from the Amos 'n' Andy radio show sitting behind a wooden desk. The man is wearing a brown hat, with a black phone stretching between both his hands and a cigar between two of his fingers on his right hand. He is wearing a brown suit jacket, plaid vest, and an orange tie. The desk is piled with papers and an overflowing wastebasket sits in front of the desk. There is a hand-painted sign hanging from the desk reading “FRESH AIR/TAXICAB Co. / OF AMERICA - / INCORPULATED / ANDY BROWN – PREZ” in red and black. There are two black tabs at the bottom of both the right and left side of the paper doll (meant to be bent back for the doll to stand upright). The tab on the right has vertical text in white reading “COPYRIGHT 1931 / BY THE PEPSODENT CO.” The reverse side of the doll is light brown with black text, reading “Amos and Andy are brought to you / each night by / THE PEPSODENT CO. / Makers of Pepsodent - The Special / Film Removing Tooth Paste and / Pepsodent Antiseptic Mouth Wash.”
Topic
African American
Advertising
Amusements
Caricature and cartoons
Radio
Sitcoms
Stereotypes
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.53.8.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition
Taking the Stage
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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