Tag Archives: African American Collectibles

United States Postal Service Strikes Gold

United States Postal Service Strikes Gold

The United States postal service maybe in deep financial trouble but they continue to strike gold with their entries to The Black Heritage stamp series and their stead fast recognition of Black history and culture.

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Black Cast Movies and Movie Poster Art

Black Cast Movies and Movie Poster Art

 

Blacks in Motion Pictures provide some of the most interesting studies along with the many controversial interpretations of the roles they played on the silver screen. The messages or themes of these movies have over the years presented a mixture of images based upon what was thought to please the viewers of each particular film. However, many of those films showed Black characters in negative stereotypical roles which the average Blacks would never truly identify as being like themselves.

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Black Dinah-Mite

Black Dinah-Mite

 

 DINAH-MITE!

Often neglected by collectors, Dinah-Mite was Mego’s answer to Barbie as AJ was to GI Joe. Her advertising featured her as an incredibly poseable doll who “sits and stands”; an overt shot at Barbie, who famously cannot “stand on her own”.

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Talk About Funky Stuff Meet Cedric Smith

Talk About Funky Stuff Meet Cedric Smith

I had the pleasure of representing Cedric Smith in my galley, Eclectic Connection, several years ago. He is one of the nicest artists I have had the opportunity to work with. I loved his art then and I love it now. I can’t get enough of that Funky Stuff!

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Original Art by Muhammad Ali circa 1979

Original Art by Muhammad Ali circa 1979

The Art

I co-owned an art gallery for 4 years and I had the privilege to meet some fascinating collectors, dealers and celebrity artists. They all had their opinions as to what art meant to them. In my mind if I liked what I saw and could identify with the images I made my purchase.

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Preserving Black History By Collecting Stamps

Preserving Black History By Collecting Stamps

 
The Museum of UnCut Funk has acquired the latest stamps from the United States Post Office Black Heritage Series, the Distinguished Soldiers stamp featuring Doris Miller and the Anna Julia Cooper stamp.

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Black Horror Flicks Circa 1970′s

Black Horror Flicks Circa 1970′s

During the 1970′s, Blaxploitation moved into the horror category with a number of movies, made for Blacks, staring Blacks. One of the most important actors from this period was William Marshall. He starred as Blacula, a Black version of Dracula in two movies, Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream. Blacula became the Blaxploitation’s eras first prominent horror film.

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Champale Tastes Like Champagne???

Champale Tastes Like Champagne???

What??? Looks like champagne, pours like champagne, tastes like champagne! But it cost PENNIES more than beer! Yeah right! This ad was straight from Madison Ave…or maybe Harlem…Ad executives went further to suggest that Champale would taste better served in a stemmed glass. LOL!!! Well, actually it did if you were around during the 1970′s.

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The New Look of Black Barbie

The New Look of Black Barbie

The new line of darker-skinned Barbie BFFs may be a vast improvement over Mattel’s notorious “Colored Francie” of the 1960′s or the inexplicable “Oreo Fun Barbie” of 1997, but they’re still not quite Michelle Obama.

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Nostalgic Funk “Hambone Cigars”

Nostalgic Funk “Hambone Cigars”

The Museum of UnCut Funk has a warm spot in our hearts for Vintage Black Advertising Memorabilia and we now have a few HAMBONE pieces as a part of our collection. Whether it be crate labels, tins or posters we collect it all for the both the historical and artistic value of the items.

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Negro Leagues Memorabilia

Negro Leagues Memorabilia

Many of you may know that the Negro League was established on February 13, 1920, at a YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew “Rube” Foster, the man who organized the league, served as its president.

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Afrodisiac

Afrodisiac

From the minds of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, the Afrodisiac phenomena got it’s start in 2005 as short stories and anthologies. Jim Rugg, co-creator of the Afrodisiac comic series, recently stated in an interview with Comic Book Resources “ We try to capture the style and energy of the great Blaxploitation movies”.

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Torchy Brown

Torchy Brown

Torchy Brown first appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier in the 1937-38 comic strip Dixie to Harlem, drawn by the first Black Female Cartoonist, Jackie Ormes. Torchy Brown was later syndicated around the country until it’s end in 1940.

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Sesame Street – Billy Jo Jive Cartoon

Sesame Street – Billy Jo Jive Cartoon

Billy Jo Jive, self-described super crimefighting ace, was a prepubescent Black detective in animated segments on Sesame Street in the late 1970s and early 80s. Along with his sidekick, Smart Susie Sunset, Billy Jo would solve crimes in his neighborhood.

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Slave Tokens Are Funky Too!!!

Slave Tokens Are Funky Too!!!

As The Museum of UnCut Funk searches for items that are unique, different and funky, we continue to add items to our Black coin collection. Items that feature Blacks like our Slave Tokens are not only historically important but key acquisitions in our Black coin collection.

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Peanuts Cartoon – Happy Birthday Franklin Armstrong

Peanuts Cartoon – Happy Birthday Franklin Armstrong

Good grief! Franklin’s 45!!!

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I Am Curious

I Am Curious

I am Curious (Black) is the first Superman’s Girlfriend story. Lois Lane is sent to get a story in Metropolis’s “Little Africa” but is unable to get anyone to talk to her. Little children run away from her and adults shut doors in her face. One old lady will talk to her, but only because she is blind and doesn’t realize Lois is white. She draws the particular ire of a fiery orator who uses her as an example of the enemy “whitey.”

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Return Of The Super Pimps

Return Of The Super Pimps

 
Return Of The Super Pimps issues 1-6 are written by Richard A. Hamilton, drawn by Ulises Carpintero and Rich Bonilla, colored and lettered by various talents, and published by Dial “C” For Comics, Richard’s company.

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Spoof Comics Presents SoulTrek

Spoof Comics Presents SoulTrek

Spoof Comics presents SoulTrek, a combination of Soul Train and Star Trek. Say What??? Okay, maybe not the best comic, but what a brilliant idea for Spoof comic book fans.

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Racism In The Old West

Racism In The Old West

 
Here are a few examples of Tokenism and Racism In Western Comics…

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