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January 28, 2013

15 Unbelievably Racist Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards From the Early 20th Century

In the early 1900s, racist imagery was widely used in consumer products—even Valentine’s Day cards—and relied on caricatures and stereotypes to create humor...

Harvey Young, Jr., an Associate Professor at Northwestern gave a talk last year on racist V-Day ephemera and had this to say: “They capture in a material object the racial discourse occurring at the moment... You can really get a sense of how common and everyday and widely accepted these cards were. It gestures to this past moment when racism was more apparent in society.”




















3 comments:

  1. lol . so did the White folks give these to their White lovers?

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  2. I had or gave a few of those lol, the Snake charmer and one of those white kids playing
    Cowboys and Indians. But 2-3 were really bad! I can't believe you could just go to the
    Drugstore and pick out that one withe Black man and the rope!?

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  3. The one with the noose is clearly not acceptable, should never have been printed by anyone. The others don't seem to be anything too horrible, but that one IS.

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