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Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels

Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels
Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels
Title
Aunt Louisa's Cube Puzzles: Ethiopian Minstrels
Date 
ca. 1888
Medium 
Wood; paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 3/4 x 10 x 2 3/4 in. ( 29.8 x 25.4 x 7 cm )
Description 
"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).
Credit Line 
Gift of Anonymous
Object Number 
2003.5
Gallery Label 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group