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Auction History Result

n002 OUR BOYS IN BLACK linen stage show poster c1870s

Date Sold 9/26/2006
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An Original Vintage Linenbacked Special Movie Poster (measures 29" x 41 3/4") (Learn More)

Our Boys In Black, a Providence, Rhode Island black African American stage show that was staged one night only, apparently in the late 1870s. Apparently, this stage show was entirely performed by black African American soldiers, appearing with "Brown & Reeves' Orchestra". They gave a "strictly legitimate minstrel entertainment!", "embracing the usual solos, choruses and songs, together with several Negro specialties, the whole to conclude with a burlesque opera performed only by this company, for the first time in Providence". The poster mentions that these performers previously appeared in 1874 and 1876, which would surely indicate that this poster is from after that time, but I would think not long after. If anyone knows more about this poster or this stage show, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. This poster was linenbacked, and one of the following is true: either the poster had minor defects, and was well backed, OR it had more significant defects, but they were extremely well restored, OR it had some very minor defects that were not completely restored, and are slightly noticeable. You can tell which of the above is the case for this particular poster by reading our "Pre-Restoration Defects & Quality of Restoration" description and also by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual poster (we are the only major auction company we know of that gives accurate detailed pre-restoration information about linenbacked posters to our bidders, but we wish everyone did!).

The poster was folded and there were several small areas of paper loss down the vertical foldline and a lesser number of areas of paper loss on the horizontal foldlines. There were creases, tears, and just a few areas of paper loss in the borders. There is a great deal of ink transfer in all of the background areas of the poster, caused by the poster being folded too quickly after printing (and likely due to a very inexpensive paper stock being used); this would likely be true of any examples of this poster that survived. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, and does not have a "painted over" look to it
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