I Is Not!: Racist Relics


Charmingly racist notice that there is no bun in the oven.

Front Transcript: “Oh I is not! …. It must be sumthin’ I et!!”

Back Transcript: “Hi. Ditto!! Johnnie & Diane…(Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T.Art-Colortone” Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)”

Addressed to a Mr. Richard Buff of Pontiac, Illinois, with a $0.02 John Adams 1797-1781 stamp and postmarked from Mexico August 20th, 1953.  The image on the card is the work of the famous Curt Teich, best known for establishing the style of the large-font “Greetings from…” image postcards. The card has Curt Teich & Co. number codes #C-807 and 2C-H291 on its front.

An example of Curt Teich's "Greetings From..." series

My card was bought for $3.00 from a seller on eBay some 5 years ago. I consider this a “found item” none the less, as I was not aware at purchase that the card had any personal information on it; purchase was motivated by the image only and meant to augment my collection of vintage Americana. My collection is small, but targets (perhaps in questionable taste) those American relics that exhibit explicit racism and sexism.

Some of my Americana artifacts.

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Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 5:05 PM  Comments (1)  
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  1. i have a lil collection along those lines as well. used to be bigger, but parted with much of it years ago (when echo was a toddler) because i didn’t want her to remember it.


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