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85/657 Playing cards and tin (54), 'Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards', paper / tin, Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1870-1899. Click to enlarge.

Deck of playing cards in tin depicting racial stereotypes

Made by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1875-1900.

54 circular cardboard playing cards, full deck and a joker, printed on one side in cream and navy with picture of African American man in stylised period costume. Contained in circular gold enamelled metal tin, with cover showing African American child eating watermelon within a spade motif. Late 19th century

Summary

Object No.

85/657

Object Statement

Playing cards and tin (54), 'Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards', paper / tin, Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1870-1899

Physical Description

54 circular cardboard playing cards, full deck and a joker, printed on one side in cream and navy with picture of African American man in stylised period costume. Contained in circular gold enamelled metal tin, with cover showing African American child eating watermelon within a spade motif. Late 19th century

Marks

Printed on card: 'Sutherland's Circular / Coon Cards'. Transfer printed on cover:'Circular Playing Cards / Sutherland Circular Coon Cards / As Black as the Ace of Spades / New York / Copyright / Sole Proprietors / Hartley Bros Pty ltd / 148 Swanston St. Melbourne.'

Production

Notes

Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th. century

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Leo Schofield, 1985

Acquisition Date

17 May 1985

Cite this Object

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Wikipedia

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