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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

American Negro - banjo playing, cake walk, possum hunting

"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
There are two varieties (that I know of) in the "COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this card, as shown below. The text appears at the bottom edge of the card, but in slightly different positions, as noted below.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." This is the more common wording that appears on the cards in this series. For this card it appears on a single line at the very bottom of the possum-hunting scene at right.

Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." (This is the variety shown on the full-size card above.) This is a less common wording that's only known to appear on a limited number of cards in this series. For this card, it's split between two lines below and to the right of the cake-walk scene.
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Right section:
THE American Negro is a child of nature, and one of the most entertaining, interesting and happy of beings. His disposition is sunny, he is a born humorist, and has an inexhaustible fund of good-nature and spirits. There is infection to laughter even in the unctuous tones of his rich voice. He is fond of display, gorgeous in his choice of colors and happy-go-lucky.
'Possum hunting is much practised in the warmer portions of this country by the negroes. The opossum is the daintiest of dishes to their taste. To catch one requires great skill, for these animals are very tricky, and even simulate death so well, when caught, as to deceive the novice. It is the object to capture the opossum without injuring his hide, as this has a market value. 'Possums are oftenest 'treed,' but they are also caught in traps; the former method is sportsmanlike, and generally requires an arduous chase.
The cake-walk is one of the most original and entertaining of amusements. This is an exhibition participated in by as many couples as may choose to compete. The idea is based upon the simple desire of being pronounced the most graceful and best of walkers. Human nature is so constituted that this challenge is accepted by most of the young negroes of a community. Judges are appointed, and before them pass in serious and sober fashion, to the accompaniment of music, couple after couple. They award the prize, a cake, to the best deserving, to the envy of the rest.
The banjo is the favorite instrument of. the negro and adds to gayety of his home life in his cabin. Here while thrumming the notes, and beating time with his foot, he teaches his young pickaninnies to make their crude steps in harmony with the music. The bones and the tambourine, rude and elementary as they are, played by negroes as accompaniments to their vocal music, add much that is pleasing to the effect.

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