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This minstrel sings "When I was a little, tiny boy" to a 'familiar' tune, dating back to the supposedly easy folk life of England in the 16th century, to which some Americans looked to try to locate their "true" roots. Pageants were one of the few public places where women could serve as directors, giving them the power to decide how men should dress and behave. Costumes like these were far from men's traditional clothing in the 1910s.

 

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Minstrel

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1916
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   8.0"
width   3.25"
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0632


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See Also...

"Elizabethan Group"

Court Dancers

"Pageant of Old Deerfield on the Grounds of the Allen Homestead"


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