Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 196

Price Realized: $ 10,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
DEEP RIVER AS STAGED BY US . . . (FASHION.) Negro Industrial Fair. Harlem, New York 1939. Deep River as Styled & Staged by Us At The Fair. Group of original art consisting of 13 placards with large, original photographs of African-American hairstyles of the 1930s. Each piece averages 22x13 inches. For the most part in very good condition. should be seen. New York, 1939

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A wonderful group of poster/placards created for the Negro Industrial Fair, held in Harlem in June of 1939, concurrent with the New York World's Fair. These placards combine collages of real photos with drawings and colorful hand-lettering and display virtually all of the hair-styles of African-American women of the period. The "Curley Top, Makes the Old Look Young, and the Young Look Younger," "The Way to a Man's Heart is Not through his Stomach, Looks, not Cooks Wins Romance," and "Trumps and Win, Life's Game through this Style of Romantic charm," and an exceptional collage titled "Hair Coloring. We Dye While Others Try," that employs real hair samples in different tints. This is a truly unique glance at black personal fashion in the late Depression.