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Auction History Result

8c024 WHITE SLAVE 30x40 stage poster 1911 illegitimate half-Italian girl raised as octaroon slave!

Date Sold 6/30/2016
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An Original Vintage Unfolded Stage Play Poster (measures 30 1/4" x 40 1/4" [77 x 102 cm]) (Learn More)

The White Slave, the 1882 to 1918 white slavery race relations melodrama stage play production ("'Rags are royal raiment, when worn for virtue's sake!'"; "'That lady is a genuine white woman!'"; from the play by Bartley Theo Campbell; a wild story of a man whose daughter has an affair with an Italian, and that results in an out of wedlock baby, and because the grandfather does not want a half-Italian granddaughter, he gives the baby to his quarter-black slave, and the girl is raised as an "octaroon", someone who is one-eighth black; she grows up as a slave, but when she learns her true heritage, she is given her freedom and marries a white man!). Note that this stage play was first performed in 1882 and last performed in 1918, but the only poster we have seen from it is from 1911. If anyone knows more about this stage play, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
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Important Added Info: Note that, as noted above, this play ran for many years, but because this poster is dated 1911, we know it is from a production from exactly that year. Note that this is one of a remarkable group of around 100 guaranteed authentic mostly war posters (around 75 war posters, plus 25 others, including political ones) mostly dating from before 1900 through 1945, with 15 from after that date! These were originally acquired by an archive decades ago, and they have been in storage ever since, until they were recently consigned to us. Many of these are the sorts of posters that you can find reproductions of on the Internet, but finding guaranteed originals like these is incredibly difficult (years can go by before these are offered for sale or at auction). This is a very rare opportunity to purchase any of these more than 100 posters!

Condition: very good. The poster was never folded. It has a few tiny tears, creases, and tiny bits of paper loss in the blank borders. Otherwise, the poster is in really nice condition, especially considering its age. Someone put paper tape on the back of all the borders to reinforce them. After a relatively simple linenbacking, the poster will look fantastic!
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