SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#48 - AMERICAN NEGROES
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss
|"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
|Reverse - Text
YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
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
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.
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
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.
NOTE: To see non-Arbuckle usage of this
supposedly copyrighted Arbuckle illustration,