The 2nd week in August, I posted pictures of funny victorian trade cards. One of them involved a black boy stealing a skinny dipping white boy’s clothes. The subsequent searches for stealing black boy and similar terms increased, so thought I would feature it today.
On the surface, it is funny. Look deeper. The stereotype of the black person as simple-minded children, incapable of caring for themselves, was alive and flourishing at the time this trade card was published (late 19th century). Yet , this victorian trade card publisher depicted the black boy as cunning and smart enough to know when to steal the clothes (when the white boy was at a disadvantage). It is good that not all people believed in the black stereotype in victorian times.
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