07/01/2019

A DARKY’S PRAYER

Published by

GULF STREAM CARD & DISTRIBUTING CO., MIAMI, FLORIDA

GENUINE CURTEICH -CHICAGO “C. T. ART COLORTONE” POSTCARD

Ref: D. C. 179

 

Racism was rife on postcards in older periods, although it can be surprising to people who live outside of the area known as Southern America just how long these cards were still being published and used.

In many areas of Southern America, the theme of ‘Black History’ is extremely popular and I have found this as a listed theme on a range of stalls at events I have attended in Florida. The theme is so popular that cards can be, and are, extremely expensive in comparison to other cards of a similar age and production. This one here was posted in 1956, so its post WWII, so hardly classed as an old postcard in the postcard world (and to me, with my background, this seems like such a late date for such a themed card to have been on sale, but then when I watch history programmes for this period of US history it does not surprise me so much). But having said that it was priced at $20, which after a bit of bartering I managed to get down to $12. Not cheap, but despite my abhorrence of the theme, I wanted an example for my eclectic collection.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Postmarked ‘HOMESTEAD FLA [Florida] – 5pm 11TH MARCH 1956’ with a wavy line machine cancellation

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