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    Printed Broadside for George Christy's Minstrels, September 2, 1861, featuring the song "Fight for Uncle Sam." 9" x 24.25" sight size, attractively matted and framed to 14" x 29.25" (overall). The poster advertises a performance by George Christy's minstrel troupe at the Stuyvesant Institute on Broadway opposite Bond Street in New York City. Among the acts is a singing of the song "[We'll] Fight for Uncle Sam," a popular pro-Union song aimed at getting Irish volunteers by pointing out that the hated British were supporting the Confederacy. The poster features an engraving of a minstrel performer doing the "Ethiopian Jig." Folds, minor paper loss at the edge, else very fine.

    George Christy was perhaps the leading blackface performers in America during the mid-1860s. He is credited with inventing the "line", a semicircle of performers in blackface in which "end men" named "Mr. Tambo" and "Mr. Bones" from their instruments joked at the expense of a White "middleman" called "Mr. Interlocutor".


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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