The Black & White Minstrel Show was a popular British television show.  A petition against it went to the BBC in 1967.  The characters in Joe Egg make a few derogatory references about black people.

The Black & White Minstrel Show was a popular British television show. A petition against it went to the BBC in The characters in Joe Egg make a few derogatory references about black people.

The Mastodon Minstrels - A famous Minstrel show that was one of the largest shows ever produced.

The Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels, (An attraction)

Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843

Four-member band in black face make-up playing tambourine, fiddle, banjo and percussion in exaggerated poses.

The Black and White Minstrel Show - we hadn't heard of PC in those days!

The Black and White Minstrel Show - the highlight of Saturday night telly!

Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. - Its American origins can be traced to minstrel shows. In the mid to late nineteenth century, white actors would routinely use black grease paint on their faces when depicting plantation slaves and free blacks on stage.

Ned Haverly, grandson of J. Haverly who ran the United Mastodon Minstrels. Since he learned his act from one of the great century minstrels shows, we get a good glimpse into how minstrel shows really looked and sounded.

The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa 1860. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.    "Thomas Dilward (1840–1902), also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show". (Wiki)

The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show".

March 19, 1894 Loretta Mary Aiken (Jackie “Moms” Mabley), stand-up comedienne, was born in Brevard, North Carolina.  At the age of 15, Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with a travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining.By the 1950s, she was one of the top women doing stand-up and earning $10,000 per week at the Apollo Theater.

March 1894 Loretta Mary Aiken (Jackie “Moms” Mabley), stand-up comedienne, was born in Brevard, North Carolina. At the age of Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining.

Minstrel Show Blackface Stump Speech Slim Williams delivers a stump speech in blackface. This was an important part of nearly every minstrel show -- a performer delivers a political speech filled with puns and malaprops. The speaker's demeanor is reminiscent of the pomposity of Zip Coon; he aspires to great dignity, wisdom and intelligence, but his hilarious mangling of language always makes him appear foolish and ignorant.

Slim Williams delivers a stump speech in blackface. This was an important part of nearly every minstrel show -- a performer delivers a political speech fille.

vaudeville minstrel shows

The Victorian Robot in Cuba. A poster celebrating Boilerplate's participation in the charge up San Juan Hill, with Roosevelt's Rough Riders, during the Spanish American War,

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