American Beach was established in 1935 on Florida's east coast under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln Lewis, one of seven co-founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, and one of Florida's first black millionaires. His vision was to create a beach resort as a benefit for company executives and as an incentive for employees.
In the era of Jim Crow segregation laws, few public places in Florida or the rest of the South were open to African Americans. From the Depression until well into the 1960's, American Beach served as a holiday and vacation destination for thousands of African Americans, and was a magnet for black celebrities such as entertainers Cab Calloway and Ray Charles, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and writer Zora Neale Hurston.
But in 1964, the area began to decline. Hurricane Dora destroyed much of the beach, and passage of the Civil Rights Act meant that blacks were, finally, no longer restricted to segregated beaches and the businesses that catered to them.
A fabulous and historically relevant piece of Black Americana!
Given away by the Merrick Thread Company as a free advertising premium to encourage the purchase of its product, this mirror depicts a rather confident black boy hanging from a single strand of Merrick thread while dangling above the open jaws of a hungry alligator! At the base of the mirror the caption reads, "Fooled Dis Time Cully Dis Cotton Aint Gwine To Break".
A delightful Black Americana Advertising piece!
Constructed of metal with green printing, this circa 1920's sign reads: "HARLEM, Austin's Only Exclusive Colored Theatre, Telephone 83?5?33".
The sign remains in all-original condition inclusive of two holes designed to facilitate the posting of the sign upon a surface.
Quite possibly the ONLY sign remaining extant from this particular, racially segregated establishment. An historically significant piece!
The visually graphic tin panel on front is in nice condition and displays quite nicely, with some age crackles to the paint as well as other unobtrusive imperfections as seen. The back panel is in poor visual condition but is otherwise good structurally. The back door opens and latches easily. There are a few, minor, hairline splits and imperfections present here and there as well as a small, ancient, wood chip on the right front base, all of which are consistent with an early, 100+ year old, oak cabinet that do not impact structural integrity or appearance.
An elusive, high-end, pharmacy collectible not to be missed. Heavy!
Dr. James M. Munyon was known for homeopathic patent medicines, some of which he promoted at his Hotel Hygeia on Munyon Island, Florida.
Career: His first career was as a publisher, but he soon moved on to creating homeopathic medicines in the early 1890s. He employed a staff of chemists and physicians, one of them being Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen. Munyon was found guilty of fraud several times due to unsubstantiated claims made for his medicines. Many of his medicines are said to have consisted mostly of sugar and alcohol. His most famous one was named "Dr. Munyon's Paw-Paw Elixir", and its main ingredient was fermented papaya juice. It was served at his resort, Hotel Hygeia, on Munyon Island. At the time, his cures were highly regarded with the Philadelphia Times writing that "Professor Munyon is to medicine what Professor Edison is to electricity."
In 1900, he donated two million dollars to establish an industrial school for fatherless girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, donating some of the land near his house for building. The school provided practical training, and its operations were funded by Munyon. His policy was to give at least ten percent of his profit to charity.
In 1901, he bought what is now known as Munyon Island- located in the Lake Worth Lagoon Estuary in North Palm Beach, Florida- and completed construction of a hotel there in 1903. The hotel was named Hotel Hygeia after the Greek goddess of health, and it catered to wealthy northerners who spent the winters in Palm Beach, Florida. The five-story hotel had twenty-one rooms and eight baths. The hotel burned to the ground in 1917.
This diminutive tin case is painted black with gold accenting and gold lettering present on the front of the case. The black paint shows reasonable wear given its 130+ years of age with the majority of wear evident along seam lines and at the base. The gold painting on the front of the case remains quite nice with very small areas of unobtrusive paint loss present (please see all photos). This tin case was clearly well cared for over the years.
The case contains three, pull-out, tin drawers with tiny, circular, loop pulls at the ends, that when slid out, reveal 15 separate compartments designed to hold the corked, glass, sample bottles. Fourteen bottles remain present, all of which are original to the case. The bottles advertise the spices and perfume waters that the Loverin and Browne Company manufactured for wholesale purchase by various independent groceries. The base of each bottle sits on a spring which would have facilitated secure storage during travel.
An interesting addition to one's advertisement collection! Very easy to display with great visual appeal!
Veterinary signs of any type are quite scarce! Wonderful patina!
Quite visually appealing, the sign is in very nice condition with minor paint loss with flaking on the left side. There is some lightening on the finish as well but it is not obtrusive. The photos actually enhance this effect which is much less obvious when viewed "in person". This paint issue on the left side is best appreciated in the last photo.
Eli Lilly was a proud manufacturer of proprietary medicines for over a century and often provided signage to drug store owners to both assist in promoting these local pharmacies as well as to advertise their own products.
The last owner of this store purchased the Pierce Pharmacy in the early 1960s. He has retained this original store sign in his personal collection for many years, which attests to the present condition.
The sign has a sand painted black background with silver lettering and trim. Measures over 76 inches long by 11.5 inches wide. Overall condition is very good. A fabulous, one-of-a-kind piece of advertising!
Constructed of tin with a glass cover, a lithographed cardboard image, and a very unusual, tin, advertising backing (instead of the typical mirror), the puzzle is in all-original, very nice condition, with the Blackamoor graphic remaining free of scratches and abrasions! (Please disregard any light or shiny spots in photos which are due to flash reflection off of the glass.) Light soiling may be seen on the underside of the glass cover and can be cleaned if desired.
A delightful piece of early Black Memorabilia! If you collect BANANIA memorabilia, this puzzle is a must-have!
The sign is silver foil, reverse-painted on decorative, hand-chipped glass that has been protectively backed in metal. The sign has two holes at the sides to allow for hanging.
A fabulous piece of ART DECO advertising in untouched, all-original, vintage condition! Please note that any white spots that appear in photos are the result of light reflection and are not damage to the sign.
Condition: Mild, unobtrusive wear to the paper. The blue round label is affixed to the glass, not the actual paper. The frame retains 2 early holes used for hanging along with various surface dings and an early slice of wood missing from the right side of frame.
Historically, Pabst's Okay Specifics was cited by the 1906 FDA Act for various violations including failure to mention alcohol content, having no known curative ingredient, etc, resulting in frequent seizure and destruction of the product!
The Aunt Jemima offered here is machine stitched and lightly stuffed with cotton batting and holds a stack of her famous pancakes.
She retains her vivid, brilliant color and is free of rips, tears, holes with her only imperfection- a light, red smudge evident on her apron above the “t” in Aunt and “J” in Jemima.
A very interesting and iconic doll that displays quite nicely with her vivid colors as seen in photos! **Please note that any white marks seen in photos are flash reflections only and are not indicative as damage to the doll.**
GOLD DUST Trolley Signs are a very rare find in today’s market as they were made of cardboard, a material much less likely to withstand the test of time as opposed to tin advertising signs which were much sturdier!
This Gold Dust trolley sign features the Gold Dust Twins dressed in ruffled, red skirts emblazoned with the words “GOLD DUST”, busily scrubbing the front porch and the kitchen in a vigorous attempt at “Spring Cleaning”. The colors featured in this trolley sign are just stunning—greens, pale peachy-colored orange, pale blue, and yellows with white apple blossoms and red tulips flowering in profusion!! To the left of the Gold Dust Twin scrubbing the front porch, sits a large box of Gold Dust Washing Powder. The advertisement proclaims in black-outlined, peachy-orange lettering: “For Spring House Cleaning”.
The condition of this trolley sign is truly quite fine. Colors are very strong and consistent throughout; please ignore the various glass reflections seen in some of the photos- they were unavoidable and do appear to make the colors appear a bit faded—which is inaccurate! The sign is free of rips or tears although it does have two, early, fold-creases – one running from top to bottom of the sign along the left side of the pail and between the “O” and “L” in “GOLD” and the other vertical crease on the very right edge of the sign, running through the stove in the kitchen to the “T” in “DUST”. The creases are very unobtrusive and do not detract from the wonderful, colorful imagery this sign conveys.
An unusual opportunity to acquire a very RARE piece of Black Americana!!
The bowl measures 4.25 inches at the mouth, 4 inches tall and is approximately 5 inches at its widest point. It dates to the 1940 era.