Postcard, "Weighing Cotton in the South," 1924

Summary

In the late 19th and early 20th century, many white Americans idealized nonexistent times when they believed whites ruled benevolently and blacks "knew their place." This postcard from 1924 confirmed this romanticized view to its white audience. The African-American sharecroppers or tenant farmers wait patiently as the white landowner measures the cotton brought in from harvest.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, many white Americans idealized nonexistent times when they believed whites ruled benevolently and blacks "knew their place." This postcard from 1924 confirmed this romanticized view to its white audience. The African-American sharecroppers or tenant farmers wait patiently as the white landowner measures the cotton brought in from harvest.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1924

Subject Date

1924

Creators

Curt Teich & Co. 

Asheville Post Card Company 

Place of Creation

United States, North Carolina, Asheville 

Creator Notes

Printed by the Curt Teich Company for the Asheville Post Card Company, Asheville, North Carolina.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2005.16.40

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Lithography

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.5 in

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