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    Black Americana: Graphic Civil War Era Advertisement. This early 12" x 15" chromolithograph was published in Philadelphia in 1863 by H. A. Bartlett. It advertises a boot polish and reads: "Bartlett's Blacking, Preserves The Leather and Polishes So Easy and Nice." The central image shows a domestic scene in a gentleman's study. A young black valet has just finished polishing his shoes. Lifting one leg upon a stool, the master of the house admires the job. Not only can he see his reflection on the shoe, but his dog can see his reflection on the other shoe! Lightly varnished as made and lacking the wooden dowels at top and bottom. There are two vertical impressed lines, or grooves, on the left side of the image, measuring 4" or 5". Unlike scratches, these do not break the paper surface. The item still displays nicely.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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