CERAMIC SALT & PEPPER SHAKER SET Black Americana Circa Late 1930s - 1941
Wonderful ceramic pair of vintage Black Americana SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS featuring a couple dressed for domestic service, circa late 1930s to 1941. Wholesale catalogs at the time show a matching a butter dish, match holder, a cookie jar, string holder and other styles of shakers as part of the same collection.
The woman wears a blue and orange polka dot dress with a green and orange plaid apron. A red kerchief covers her head. The older gentleman is dressed formally wearing a black waistcoat and bow tie, white tuxedo paints and shirt, and red cummerbund. Both figurines stand with their hands clasped at the waist.
The pair are hand painted and measure 6” tall. They retain their original cork stoppers are in great vintage condition with expected crazing from age but no cracks or chips. The bottoms are marked JAPAN.
A charming vintage shaker set.
About Black Americana: Black Americana, sometimes called Black Memorabilia refers to collectible objects and ephemera that has an African American theme. Although the theme and design of these items will often contain racist imagery can be very offensive, this is not always the case. Some black memorabilia have positive themes and reflect important events and people, such as the civil rights movement, musicians, scholars and/or members of the black community who have made a difference in our world.
In either case, it is important to remember that these items represent a very important historical record--a snapshot in time that should provide us an understanding of how black Americans were unfairly seen and treated for so many decades. While some believe that the preservation of Black Americana will only prolong racist prejudices, others collect so that history of Black America will not be forgotten by future generations. The founder of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan said about these items: “Use items of intolerance to teach tolerance.”
For more information and to better understand Black Americana, visit the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University.
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