New York: Ullman Manufacturing Company, 1907. First Edition. Original Wraps. An example of early 20th century Black Americana ephemera, or as some refer to as, 'Negrobilia,' referring to a wide array of materials, including mass advertisements, postcards, tourist souvenirs, etc. with the image of an African American, universally portrayed in a derogatory and racist manner. These items were produced and manufactured by and for white audiences that enhanced the perception of white racial superiority and class status. These type of items are particularly challenging to many communities, however, many scholars and private collectors alike agree these materials are historical records and reminders of the racist history of the United States and should not be invisible. The puzzle postcard is an example of mass produced racial stereotyping, manufactured for an actual mailing enclosure. The instructions on the outside of the mailer state: "Arrange the flaps, by placing one over another, in such a manner as to show ONLY the eleven pickaninnies."
Reference: Goings, Kenneth. "Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping." Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1994. Very Good+. Full color off-set printed multi-flap post card mailer with die-cut holes for puzzle and tab for closing. 3.5x5.5"; bright and unmarred with fully intact flaps. Item #9072