African American Illustrated Postcards (Down in Sunny Dixie) Collection

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US TxAM-C C000565

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African American Illustrated Postcards (Down in Sunny Dixie) Collection


  • 1938 (Creation)


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This collection consists of an illustrated mailer postmarked New Orleans, and hand-addressed to Toledo OH, containing 18 accordion-folded 6in x 4in color photos purporting to show (stereotypical happy variety) black life in the south, with two songs, "Dixie Land" and "Dixieland for M" printed on the inside of the mailer with a cypress tree on one side of the fold and a photo of a black man and woman next to the address label.

These were reproduced from hand-tinted black and white originals. Postcard-size images, but double-sided without space for messages.

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Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the Texas A&M University Cushing Library and Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Purchased from Bolerium Books in San Francisco California.


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Published by E.C. Kropp Co.; Milwaukee Wisconsin

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This item represents the practice of deltiology described on Wikipedia as the following: Deltiology (from Greek deltion, diminutive of deltos, "writing tablet, letter"; and -logia) is the study and collection of postcards. Compared to philately, the identification of a postcard's place and time of production can often be an impossible task because postcards, unlike stamps, are produced in a decentralized, unregulated manner. For this reason, some collectors choose to limit their acquisitions to cards by specific artists and publishers, or by time and location.

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Created and written by Rebecca Hankins.

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