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The Gist of Freedom Blog


 
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that joins your voice with the opinions of experts and educators who have built their careers around the historical events, people and places that bear remembering.
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Photos courtesy of Swann Gallery.  
Preserving American History through Vintage Black Literature and Artifacts
The GIST of FREEDOM is designed to preserve American History through the promotion of
collecting and highlighting vintage African American literature and artifacts.
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When Lesley Gist-Etheridge encountered the chance to present a blog talk show,
she knew it would be an amazing opportunity. In her ten-year research journey for her book The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith, Gist-Etheridge met a wealth of people and stories that could not all be contained in her book. And so this meeting place affords Gist-Etheridge the ability to introduce the remarkable people she has met to you and all friends of African-American heritage.

Visit Lesley Gist-Etheridge at her blog talk site The Gist of Freedom every Sunday at 6pm for a live topical panel discussion, and any time to post a comment, listen to recent shows, or to see what other people are saying about issues of African American heritage and cultural preservation.

One of the tremendous individuals who helped Gist-Ethereidge along her research path was Mr. Wyatt Houston Day, a rare book dealer and curator for Swann Galleries of New York, NY. She is extremely pleased to collaborate with Swann Galleries and Mr. Day in an attempt to share the rich African American history. Please feel free to visit The GIST OF FREEDOM  to download Mr. Wyatt Houston Day's show as well any of the other Antique E Show broadcasts.


Featured Artifacts Photos courtesy of Swann Gallery.  
Direct inquiries to Wyatt H. Day of Swann Galleries
e-mail: Whday@swanngalleries.com  |  tel.: 212.254.4710 ext. 300 www.swanngalleries.com 
All items are offered for sale subject to Swann Galleries’ standard terms and conditions of sale, which are published in our catalogues.


1. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 195
(DOUGLASS, FREDERICK.) Heroes of the Colored Race. Chromolithograph, 21x28
inches, with large center portrait of Frederick Douglass; to his right and left, ex-senators Hiram Revels and Blanch K. Bruce; above and around them are numerous historical vignettes and smaller portraits.
Estimate: $5,000-7,500



2. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 384
(PHOTOGRAPHY.) POLK, PRENTICE H. George Washington Carver, 1920s. Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1920s, 7-x9- inches, signed on print recto; reproduction stamp on verso.[Tuskegee], c. 1920s.
Estimate: $1,500-2,500



3. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 321
(MILITARY.) United We Win. WW II poster, 28x22 inches, printed in red, white and blue, depicting black and white factory workers side by side.Washington D.C.: Government Printing, 1945.
Estimate:$500-750



4. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 63
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Emancipation Proclamation. Broadside, 17x14 inches; considerable edge-wear and several one inch closed tears to the wide, blank margins; needs conservation.Chicago: Rufus T. Blanchard, 1864.
Estimate: $750-1,000



5. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 214
(FILM.) JONES, REV. S. S. AN EXCEPTIONAL HISTORICAL FIND Over five hours of original film depicting Oklahoma’s oil-wealthy black townships, and the travels of a black Baptist minister around the United States, Europe and the Holy Land. Contained in twenty-nine metal canisters, together with a full transcription of the film on six DVD’s.Oklahoma, Vp, 1925-1928.
Estimate: $40,000-60,000



6. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 235
(GARVEY, MARCUS.) Black Star Line Stock Certificate. Printed certificate, accomplished by hand for 10 shares of Black Star Line stock. New York, 1920.
Estimate: $400-600


7. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 234
(GARVEY, MARCUS.) Black Star Line. Invest Your Money in the Most Colossal, Most Prosperous Negro Industry of all Times. Double-sided broadside, 8x11 inches, with photographic images of the SS. Frederick Douglass on one side and the SS. Phillis Wheatley on the other; paper de-acidified with some archival restoration.New York: Hunt Printing Company, 34 West 136th Street, [1921].
Estimate: $2,500-3,500



8. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 217
(FILM.) LAST POETS. HIP HOP, RAP PIONEERS. Right On! A Film by Herbert Danska. Color poster, 28x22 inches; faint “tide-line” to the right side, more visible on the reverse.New York, 1970
Estimate:$1,000-1,500


9. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 96
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM. William Wilberforce, Friend of Africa. Copper commemorative medal, 3 inches (55mm) diameter, with the head of Wilberforce on one side and Britannia seated with the allegorical figures of Wisdom and Justice, and before her Commerce, while above Religion flies as an angel of victory. i have heard their cry-slave trade abolished mdcccvii. An extremely fine example in a later 19th-century silk-lined case made by Hunt and Roskell, Jewellers to the Queen and Royal family. London, 1808.
Estimate: $1,500-2,500


10. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 168
(BUSINESS.) WALKER, MADAM C. J. Madam C. J. Walker’s Tetter Salve. Yellow tin, with black writing; 3 inches in diameter with an image of a woman; in excellent condition. Indianapolis, 1920s.
Estimate: $500-700


11. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 404
(PHOTOGRAPHY.) WITHERS, ERNEST. I AM A MAN, Sanitation Workers’ Strike, Memphis, March 28, 1968. Gelatin silver print, 7-x12- inches, printed later, number 7 of an edition of 35, signed and numbered in pencil on the verso. Memphis, nd.
Estimate: $6,000-9,000


12. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 390
(PHOTOGRAPHY.) STEICHEN, EDWARD. Paul Robeson as the Emperor Jones, New York, 1933. Gelatin silver print, 20x16 inches, printed later as part of Steichen Twenty-Five Photographs Portfolio, 1982; mounted, portfolio label with print information and signed by george tice and joanna steichen on
mount verso. [New York, 1982].
Estimate: $2,000-3,000


13. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 158
(BUSINESS--GEORGIA.) JACKSON, JUDIA C. Model and Training School and Settlement Work for Negroes, Athens Georgia (cover title). copious illustrations from photographs. 19 pages. Oblong small 8vo, original gray wrappers, printed in gilt; small stain and oval stamp (illegible) on front cover.Nd, circa 1900.
Estimate: $300-500


14. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 186
(CIVIL RIGHTS.) WELLS-BARNETT, IDA B[ELL]. Untitled photo-lithographic portrait. 8x5- inches, printed on white card stock.Np, circa 1895-1900.
Estimate: $600-800


15. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 188
(DOUGLASS, FREDERICK.) AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. Autograph Letter Signed, tipped into a copy of The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Single 8vo, sheet, dated 11 November 1882. Illustrated with engravings. Thick 8vo, original gilt-pictorial and blind-stamped cloth, lightly rubbed; all edges gilt; several signatures sprung, needs tightening; ownership signature of the recipient of Douglass’s letter on the front paste-down.Hartford: Park Publishing, 1882.
Estimate: $6,000-8,000


16. PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA 02/26/2009 10:30 AM, Lot No. 232
(GARVEY, MARCUS.) Large silverprint portrait with an inscription in ink from the Black Cross Nurses, signed by the photographer “Harris” in the lower right corner. 18-1/2x15-3/4 inches; a few nicks to the edges, otherwise a remarkable survival.San Francisco, circa 1923.
Estimate: $3,000-5,000
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