Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels
Overall: 11 3/4 x 10 x 2 3/4 in. ( 29.8 x 25.4 x 7 cm )
"Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels" puzzle blocks in a wooden box with sliding lid; chromolithograph on lid with image of caricatured African-American figures in graveyard with printed inscription "AUNT LOUISA'S CUBE PUZZLES / ETHIOPIAN MINSTRELS. / McLoughlin Bros., N.Y."; box contains 30 wooden blocks, each side lithographed with a different scene of minstrel figures; five loose chromolithographs provide keys to the completed puzzles (the sixth puzzle is illustrated on the cover).
Games such as this reflected the pervasive racial prejudice common in late nineteenth-century America. Perpetrated with humorous intent, these games unfortunately helped to reinforce and sustain deeply-entrenched racial stereotypes.
Gift of Anonymous
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