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Black Memorabilia

Memorabilia are items that had a function. People may choose to keep the things as a remembrance or for their future value. Also, memorabilia solidify a perception of an event or a person, which could be positive or harmful. White memorabilia breaks down into ethnic groups, such as Italian, Irish, or Polish ancestry. Black memorabilia refer to items that focused on people of color, or people of African descent.   

Black memorabilia can be anything from paper items, such as pamphlets and programs. The category also includes items used regularly, like cookie jars, shakers, and towels.  Souvenir and keepsake items that depict people contribute to this category.

Jan Lindenberger, a renowned expert and author on Black Memorabilia, explained in her book Black Memorabilia Around the House a Handbook & Price Guide the different definitions of Black memorabilia. Lindenberger wrote, “To some, it is anything associated with the black people, from derogatory items to souvenirs to fine art. To others, it is folk art made by black people. For others, it’s comprised of salve documents to shackles or anything related to the slave era. For me, it is all of this combined”(p.6).

We here at Antique Back Dolls & Things agree with Lindenberger’s understanding of Black Memorabilia. Our website attempts to separate memorabilia into traditional categories, such as dolls, art, and memorabilia. But we recognize some things are uniquely significant to the experiences of people of color and alien to the European mindset. We are posting authentic historical or current items with researchers, collectors, and you in mind. Please share your thoughts on anything we posts.

Bev Flowers  

Reference:

Lindenberger, J. (1993). Black Memorabilia Around the House: a Handbook & Price Guide. Atglen, PA. Schiffer Publishing LTD.

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Black Art

Black art is busting out all over Zoom. Art makes a home office and replaces your brick and motor diplomas and family pictures. Talking Heads, teachers, YouTube influencers, all know that art makes a statement about who they are.

The beauty of an art base home office is in its flexibility to set a mood or make a statement. So be daring and bold intrigue your colleagues with your a  jazz painting, a poster from the civil rights movement, an African mask, or all three. Be You!

Sazy Night: height width artist
Diversity: height width artist
Yea: height width artist

By  Bev Flowers

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Black Dolls

Why I still collect Black dolls

My collection represents black people.  All my out of the box played with, admired dolls can be linked back to a historical period in Black history. I have dolls representing how Americans viewed people of color and Dolls that represent the beauty that Europeans saw in Black people. I love a doll that looks played with, handmade clothes, and maybe,  made by a woman for her a child.  

As a grown woman, I’m a temporary curator for the dolls. I protect them for a while, re-home them through selling and trading. It hurts to part with any piece of my history, but to grow, I have to say goodbye I enjoy seeing American history through the African American artifacts that remain.  Dolls reveal how society impacted people of color. Curating is my pleasure.  

Dolls have allowed me to meet incredible people and go to cool places. I am retiring soon and can share my knowledge of Black history as captured in art, on paper, and through dolls. Please follow us in this new adventure and share your thoughts at AntiquBlackThings@gmail.com

 

All rights reserved  © Antique Black Dolls & Thing.
All text, graphics, images, photos, templates are copyrighted
by Antique Black Thing. Nothing can be duplicated, copied, used
or modified in any way without our written permission.
All graphics and logo’s from brand names are copyrighted
by their rightful owners and are used with permission.