Monday, January 28, 2008

Medicine Show, Strange 1935 Picture

Medicine Show Performer by Ben Shahn in 1935, is an odd image of an African American man in black face preparing for a medicine show in Huntingdon, Tennessee.

Argent Editions is always on the lookout for odd and wonderful pictures from the American past. We're not sure what to make if this one except to say that it's eye-catching but a little peculiar.


ErinSlick said...

I love this photo. When I was in college I did my senior thesis on blackface. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post, but how could anyone LOVE this photo? It was truly a sad time in American history, especially for African-Americans.