Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 206

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
A SCARCE BLACK STAR LINE BROADSIDE GARVEY, MARCUS. Let's Go "Over the Top" Some More--For What? A Direct Line of Steamships Owned, Controlled and Manned . . . by Negroes to Reach the Negro Peoples of the World. Broadside "extra" from Garvey's Negro World, 22 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches; pulp paper evenly toned. Framed. (New York, 1919)

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A remarkable survival. This broadside advertisement appeared in a November issue of Garvey's newspaper, the Negro World. It was the beginning of fund-raising for a second ship for the Black Star Line. Garvey proposed launching a "new ship every two months," an impossible goal. Garvey's second ship, the "Shadyside," a Hudson River excursion boat, sank a few months after taking a group of passengers on a trip to "nowhere." His third ship, a steam yacht, fared no better: an ancient vessel whose boiler exploded on its maiden voyage. The phrase "Over the Top" refers to the trench warfare of WW I, in which so many African Americans participated.