The Art and History of Black Memorabilia

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Alex Markovich
C. Potter, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 176 pages
Black memorabilia is one of the most provocative areas of collecting in America today, encompassing anything made by or depicting people of African descent. It includes a diverse range of objects and documents that span five centuries of African-American life, from trade cards to kitchen novelties; dolls and toys to sports and civil-rights mementos; cereal boxes and product labels to books and sheet music; and even the shackles, classified ads, and bills of sale that document the long years of black slavery.
Often harsh and painful to examine, these artifacts nonetheless offer an important window into American history. They have become highly valued collectibles, and especially so among African Americans.
"The Art and History of Black Memorabilia, by Larry Vincent Buster, is the first fully illustrated overview of this remarkable area of Americana. With more than two hundred color photographs, this volume examines the most desirable black collectibles and places them within their historical and social contexts. The author, himself a noted collector, includes information on how to buy, display, and preserve black memorabilia and explains how to spot fakes and reproductions. Also included are explorations of some of the most well-known and influential African-American figures in popular culture.
At times horrifying yet sublime, insulting yet intriguing, humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring, "The Art and History of Black Memorabilia is a landmark chronicle of the black experience in America.

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Larry Vincent Buster received a B.F.A. in communication arts and design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. in advertising design from Syracuse University. His master's thesis on black memorabilia was the groundwork for this book, which he wrote and designed. He has been an art director for a respected consumer magazine for many years. He lives with his family in New Rochelle, New York.

Kenneth Paul, Sr., is a photographer in New York City. He received a degree in photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Alex Markovich has been a magazine editor for more than forty years. He received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. He collects vintage watches and other antiques and collectibles.

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