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    Posted 3 years ago

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    A couple very early 1900s racist postcards. The second has an ad on the back for Pond's Bitters. Both date before the Food and Drug Act (1906).

    The first is such a quality photochome.

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    1. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 3 years ago
      Derogatory postcards are very collectible... Black people collect them as well as white people--I have some, comparable... I did put some 1900 sheet music covers on, as you probably recall--and in shops they will sell well. They used to be "under the counter items" but as collectors realize this is a part of American history, and we all understand that- they are now recognized as historical collectibles.
      I agree! Number one is a really remarkable color litho of a real photo.
      any with kids exposed is taboo, or should have been, I think.
      It surprises me what people accepted back when. And sent thru the mail.
    2. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 3 years ago
      I watch Fox, several hours a day.Things are real "touchy" right now.
    3. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 3 years ago
      Ponds Bitters ad is a real hoot!No wonder people felt a bit better! ha ha!
    4. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      The first, I just liked the litho. The second, I just wanted the ad. I have the ad-side out in my book. LOL.
      It would have been seen as cute and comical. You see cherubs all the time in art from then, and their butts are often exposed. The only thing covered are their wees and such.

      MacDaddyRico, I'm not for destroying artifacts, BUT, here is my take (as it doesn't bother me really and I'm not sure why anyone on either side is so upset) :
      to display anti-American ideals and/or historical reminders in public is offensive to some people. As such, I'd propose to just move them indoors for public viewing in museums where people can avoid if they'll be offended, and for those who want to see them, they can rest assured that they're out of the elements and away from degradation by vandals. A happy intermediate. Nothing is lost. Offense dies off.
      As for the Bitters, there were a few that were non-alcoholic. I would assume this one had alcohol in it, as most everything did (and we're heading that way again). I have an early 1900s cologne with a label that states "88% alcohol." Cologne!

      Post-Card Collector, isn't fox always touchy? Pond's made many medicinal products, though I've never seen their bitters. Not to say it's rare. It's just that so many bitters were made that no one can know them all.
    5. Phonoboy Phonoboy, 3 years ago
      Nice collection. I like that Franklin stamp.
    6. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Thank you, Phonoboy. It's the most commonly seen stamp, with maybe one exception, on antique postals.

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