NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN CARRYING HER YOUNG CHILD ON HER BACK: RACIST MESSAGE (1909)

This vintage real postcard features a portrait of a Native American woman. She is carrying her young child on her back. She is dressed in Native American traditional clothing. Printing on the reverse of the card reveals that her name is Oue-ta-chu-hah and she is from the Maesquakie  (Meskwaki) tribe. The tribe was located in Tam, Iowa. They are also known as the Fox tribe and are closely linked to the Sauk people. The message on this postcard is disturbing and racist. The writer tells the addressee that the Native Americans “take life easy, seldom working”. There is no mention of the impactful oppression and discrimination experienced by the tribes. This postcard was postmarked in 1909. (SOLD)

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SIX YOUNG GIRLS BEHIND A WALL WITH TAMS

This cabinet card photograph presents Dolly, Mable, Francis, Nellie, Lottie?, and Daisy standing behind a brick wall. Their names are pencilled on the reverse of the card, The girls are all wearing tams. Tams are of Scottish origin and are woolen caps with a round flat top that projects all around the head. Girls tuck their hair under the cap and the cap has pom pom on its center top. The image was photographed by Griffin and Colburn of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Research reveals that Griffin is George T. Griffin (1858-?), who was a native of Pennsylvania.

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