1890′s “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN” CHROMOLITHOGRAPH THEATRICAL ADVERTISING POSTER
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Very rare and beautiful, original, 1890's Black Americana, Chromolithograph, Theatrical Advertising Sign / Poster for a performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriett Beecher Stowe. This outstanding, Theatrical Advertising Sign / Poster measures 21" by 28” and is printed on a medium weight, poster paper stock. The Poster features a heartwarming scene from one of the many stage productions that toured the United States in the late 19th century. The image depicts Little Eva and Uncle Tom enjoying each other's company. It appears that Little Eva has placed a crown of flowers of Tom's head and she has led him reluctantly to show her handiwork to Miss Ophelia who reacts with revolution at the closeness between Tom and Eva regardless of her abolitionist attitudes in general. At the upper corners of the Poster there are portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Harriett Beecher Stowe and text on the Poster reads simply "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The Poster is signed by the lithographer - Ackerman - Quigley of Kansas City, Missouri - and designated by the lithographer as "No. 2224". Even though Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century, far more Americans of that time saw the story as a stage play or musical than read the book. Eric Lott, in his book Uncle Tomitudes: Racial Melodrama and Modes of Production, estimates that at least three million people saw these plays, ten times the book's first-year sales. All "Tom Shows" (as these stage adaptations cane to be known) appear to have incorporated elements of melodrama and blackface minstrelsy. These plays varied tremendously in their politics - some faithfully reflected Stowe's sentimentalized antislavery politics, while others were more moderate, or even pro-slavery. Many of the productions featured demeaning racial caricatures of Black people, while a number of productions also featured songs by Stephen Foster (including "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Folks at Home", and "Massa's in the Cold Ground"). The many stage variants of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" were a major part of the northern popular theatrical scene throughout the late 19th century, and the plays were still being performed in the early 20th century. This very rare and wonderful, Chromolithograph Uncle Tom's Cabin Theatrical Advertising Sign / Poster is in very good condition. The colors are bright and vibrant and there is no significant staining or soiling to the sheet except for a light water stain along the top edge. The Poster does exhibit some scattered spots of insect damage to the very top layer of the sheet (there are no holes in the Poster but only small lines of color loss). This damage is actually fairly unobtrusive but is somewhat extensive on the upper quarter of the sheet and on Miss Ophelia's dress. The Poster is mounted on artist board of the early to mid 20th century. Overall the Poster is very attractive and will display beautifully with a quality framing. A very rare and wonderful, ca1890’s Black Americana, Chromolithograph, Theatrical Advertising Sign / Poster for a performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriett Beecher Stowe and a fantastic addition to any collection!!! Be sure to check out this seller’s other auctions for other outstanding late 19th century, Chromolithograph Theatrical Advertising Posters which are also being offered for sale this week on eBay!! Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at bidders request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax. Please check out other early and interesting items offered by this seller on ebay. Click Here to See Our Items We Have for Sale in the eBay Gallery and Click Here to Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers List Click Here to Discover More About this Item and Many Others on Our New Informational / Non-Commercial / Reference Blog - Walnutts.com. Important Notes about Shipping Charges: The amount quoted for Shipping & Handling is calculated by eBay and is equal to the EXACT amount charged by the Post Office plus a $1.00 "packing fee" - the $1.00 fee is our only compensation for the virgin packing materials we use on all of our professionally packaged boxes as well as our cost for the salaried help that does most of our packing - as I am sure you can see, we make NO profit on the Shipping charges and, in fact, our costs are usually greater than the $1.00 fee. Please contact us if there are any issues regarding the cost of shipping. Powered by eBay Turbo ListerThe free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.