Mar 28, 2019 - Sale 2503

Sale 2503 - Lot 206

Price Realized: $ 10,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(CIVIL RIGHTS--SEGREGATION.) Notice: This Part of the Car for Colored People. Letterpress sign, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, on cardboard; some soiling, light creasing, two small holes punched in the top margin, a bit of dampstaining in the lower margin, 3/4-inch closed tear in right margin. Np: Tennessee Public Service Commission, circa late 1950s

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A rare survival of the Jim Crow era in public transportation. This sign would have been movable depending on the number of people in the car. The Tennessee Public Service Commission assumed that name in 1955--the same year that Tennessee passed its final round of Jim Crow laws. Among them was a requirement that public carriers be segregated. This sign would have gone out of service with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.