Group of four (4) minstrel related items. 1st item: Carte de visite (CDV) depicting a black minstrel troupe with five members, each holding a musical instrument with four dressed in formal evening wear and one dressed in casual attire with a hat. No studio marks. Housed under glass in a wooden frame with gilt rabbet edge. CDV – 4" H x 5 7/8" W. Sight – 3 3/8" H x 5 1/4" W. Framed – 6 1/4" H x 8 1/4" W. 2nd item: Lithograph titled "Johnny's equal is not here. Sung at Wood's Minstrels. By C. H. Fox." lithographed by Endicott and Company, published by William Hall and Son, New York, 1858. Depicts Charley Fox, a minstrel comedian, posing in costume with his banjo. Photo copy of Fox biography from "Monarchs of Minstrelsy" by Edward LeRoy Rice, 1911, with additional ink inscriptions, en verso. Matted and housed under glass in a black painted wooden frame with gilt wood rabbet edge. Sight – 13" H x 9" W. Framed – 16 5/7" H x 13" W. 3rd item: Black minstrel show poster printed on fabric depicting two well-dressed African American couples in a tropical setting, surmounted by a decorative border with vignettes of musical instruments. Matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame with carved egg and dart running pattern. Sight – 20 3/4" H x 19 3/4" W. Framed – 30" H x 28 5/8" W. 4th item: High-resolution photo copy of lithographed sheet music title page titled "To J. L. Carncross Am Dis Kansas? Words and Music by Geo. M. Vickers." lithographed by Thomas Hunter, Philadelphia, published by S. T. Gordon and Son, New York, 1880. Depicts an African American man asking a farmer if he is in Kansas. Ink inscription indicating that it is a copy, en verso. Matted and housed under glass in a black painted wooden frame with gilt running pattern and gilt wood rabbet edge. Sight – 14" H x 10 1/2" W. Framed – 18 1/4" H x 14 3/4" W. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with areas of dampstaining to CDV. Areas of loss, largest 1 1/2" x 1/4" to CDV. Traces of old masking tape, top edge of CDV. 2nd item: Overall good condition with foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, to be expected from age. Not examined outside of frame. 3rd item: Overall good condition with foxing spots to poster and matte to be expected from age. Areas of fraying and wear, largest 3", edges of poster. 4th item: Overall excellent condition.
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