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    Posted 3 years ago

    scottvez
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    This is a 1904 image depicting Mr Balmer and his African Boys Choir.

    The choir toured throughout the world in the early 20th century (1900s).

    This choir was a second iteration. In the 1890s Palmer toured with a larger, adult South African choir in both the UK and the US, eventually leaving the the members in the US in the care of African American churches (according to an online source).

    This particular image is an oversized cabinet card by Elmer Chickering of Boston. I have seen other examples of this image, but this is the first that I have seen with autographs on the back.

    Additionally, the African boys have been identified by their tribe.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.

    scott

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      WOW !!!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks vetraio-- appreciate you looking!

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks much mac and vo!

      scott
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      With white slaves too.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Such a great photo. I love the contrast of the morose whites to the smiling blacks.
      I bet they sang beautifully.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking racer and buss.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks rade and kdeas1.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks cultcha and beantighe.

      scott
    9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      really interesting! i had no idea that there was recognition of the incredible vocal skills of Africans at that time. very cool piece!
    10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking cultcha.

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks obscure and tanni.

      scott

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