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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author

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Introduction, Page 20

This image features the minstrels Eddie Leonard and George Evans performing in blackface, cira 1904.

As a widely and regularly enjoyed popular stage entertainment, blackface minstrelsy had its greatest circulation on the nineteenth-century stage, and in hand-drawn animation in the twentieth century. Yet American commercial animation and blackface minstrelsy share far more than the surface similarities of the white gloves, wide eyes, and painted mouth, as a brief history of the form will reveal....

(Courtesy Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor Lennox and Tilden Foundations.)

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