Nineteen (19) Black Americana photographs. 1st item: Carte de visite depicting the nine original members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in a studio setting, circa late 19th century. No studio marks. 2 1/2" H x 4 1/4" W. Biography: "In 1866 the Fisk Free Colored School was established in Nashville, Tennessee by the American Missionary Association. Housed in abandoned Union hospital barracks, Fisk set out to educate former slaves with the support of donations from former abolitionists. As those donations declined over the next five years, Fisk fell on hard times. To save the institution, Fisks treasurer, George Leonard White, decided to gamble on the extraordinary voices of the young black singers who had begun to share with him the songs of their ancestors. In 1871, over the objections of his colleagues and sponsors, White and his assistant, a young African American pianist named Ella Sheppard, led a choir of nine young former slaves (now called the Fisk Jubilee Singers) from Nashville to perform for congregations in the North along the route of the Underground Railway". (Information according to http://www.blackpast.org/aah/fisk-jubilee-singers). 2nd item: Photogravure postcard depicting the members of the "Fisk Jubilee Trio", Mr. Eugene M. McAdoo, Miss Euna M. Mocara, and Miss Laura A. Carr, dressed in early 20th century clothing in a studio setting. Postcard printed in Britain, circa 1907-1910. 5 3/8" H x 3 3/4" W. Biography: "Eugene McAdoo ran the Fisk Jubilee Trio and it was in Britain between 1907 and 1910. They appeared in small halls, often associated with nonconformist churches. Their concerts were heard by over 12,000 people, and on 8 April 1907 they went on a tour of south Wales". (Information according to http://www.jeffreygreen.co.uk/049-eugene-mcadoos-jubilee-trio-in-britain). 3rd item: Lithograph on card stock advertisement for "The Jubilee King Gospel Singers of Winston-Salem, N. C." depicting six young African American men dressed in early/mid 20th century suits standing on an outdoor staircase, an older man, presumably their manager, seated below and pointing up at them. Each is identified by name "Andrew Williams/James Leake/Listin Thomas/George Bryant/Jessie Robinson/Henry Boyd" including their manager "F. H. Holiday". 7 5/8" H x 8 3/8" W. 4th-19th items: Sixteen (16) postcards and photographs depicting African American men, women, and children in a variety of settings and poses. Two postcards, each depicting a male figure in early 20th century suits, with studio marks for Rensler's Photography, Cincinnati, OH, and one postcard, depicting a young girl in an early 20th century dress and holding a bouquet of flowers, with studio marks for Worthington's Photography, Chicago, IL. Three, possibly four individuals identified, reverse. Items range in size from 3 1/4" H x 2 5/8" W to 5 5/8" H x 3 3/8" W. Early 20th century. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN collection. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with areas of toning, foxing spots, areas of wear, creases, dampstaining, etc. to be expected from age. 1st-2nd items: Overall very good condition. 3rd item: Minute foxing spots, surface of card stock. Areas of loss/abrasions, largest 1 1/2", surface of card stock.
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