|Underwood and Underwood, publisher. "Away down among the cotton and the coons," La. [Quotation marks in original.] Glass stereoscopic interpositive, ca. 1900-1910. Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, NMAH Archives Center.|
Above is an example of a stereo-stereotype, as I call them, a stereograph from a so-called "comic" set intended to appeal to white prejudices about African Americans. Note the caption that accompanies this staged photograph, then follow the link to my catalogue description of it with a disclaimer. Tell me what you think: is my explanation helpful or unnecessary--or inadequate on one hand, or too "politically correct" on the other? (Apologies for the poor quality of the image--this will be remedied.)
|Hoffeld and Co., advertising card, 1888. Soap series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, NMAH Archives Center|
|Carlos de Wendler-Funaro. Rom woman |
(Pupa Kaslov?), New York City, ca. 1939-1942.
Carlos de Wendler-Funaro Gypsy Research Collection,
NMAH Archives Center
I would enjoy comparing notes with other cataloguers and archivists about strategies for the "objective" presentation of racially and culturally insensitive visual materials.
David Haberstich, Curator of Photography
Archives Center, National Museum of American History