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'Why did my master sell me?' [the caption on a studio portrait with attitude] by  Thomas W. (photographer) [Photography] [Racial Stereotyping] McALPINE - Hardcover - 1880 - from Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers (SKU: 119607)

'Why did my master sell me?' [the caption on a studio portrait with attitude]

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'Why did my master sell me?' [the caption on a studio portrait with attitude]

by [Photography] [Racial Stereotyping] McALPINE, Thomas W. (photographer)

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Richmond, Victoria: T.W. McAlpine, 1880. Richmond, Victoria, T.W. McAlpine, [1880s]. An original albumen paper carte de visite (image size 90 × 57 mm), mounted on card (104 × 63 mm) with the photographer's details printed at the foot of the recto. Apart from a tiny surface chip near one eyebrow, the photograph and mount are in excellent condition. Some details catch the eye immediately - the cloth cap, the high lace-up boots, the striped knee-length socks - but they don't demand answers. However, one that does is the caption 'Why did my master sell me?' written in the negative on the fur rug covering the chair on which the subject is seated. A broadsheet ballad in the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum, dated 1845-49, commences thus: 'Oh, I have lost my Dinah, | Away down Carolina, | O, tell me where to find her, | Alas! she's gone away. | ... | O why did my master sell me, | Why did my master sell me, | Why did my master sell me | Upon my wedding day!'. Closer study of the image indicates the young man is polishing a boot, and what at first might appear to be random streaks of black boot polish on his face, in this context, we presume to be an example of blackface.

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Bookseller
Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers AU (AU)
Bookseller Inventory #
119607
Title
'Why did my master sell me?' [the caption on a studio portrait with attitude]
Author
[Photography] [Racial Stereotyping] McALPINE, Thomas W. (photographer)
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
T.W. McAlpine
Place of Publication
Richmond, Victoria
Date published
1880

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About Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

The business was established in Adelaide in March 1976 and is a longstanding member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and the Australian Antique Dealers Association (AADA). A large out-of-print and antiquarian stock is maintained at our retail outlet in the centre of Adelaide; mail-order catalogues of our specializations are issued and a representative selection of our stock is online.

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