Posted by: andrewritchie | November 26, 2014

Racist images of Major Taylor, and black cyclists, published at various dates

In my previous post, about Major Taylor’s letter to Bearings, published in 1894, I included several cartoons from that time. I’m posting those again here. But in addition, other racist images of him, and of other cycling-related cartoons, published in the United States, France and Australia during his racing career. Needless to say, the nastiness of many of these underlines the social currents of the times and the habitual willingness of the press to use such material. Some do not necessarily refer specifically to Major Taylor.

Fast Black - Cycling Life, 26 April 1894

Fast Black – Cycling Life, 26 April 1894

 

1st bicycle in Remusville - unknown date

1st bicycle in Remusville – unknown date –  “My King! ef dar ain’t de berry ole Satan hisself, tail an’ all, a-gwine about de kentry a-straddlin’ of a buggy-wheel.”

 

Ebenezer Smith, Bearings, 23 Feb, 1894

Ebenezer Smith, Bearings, 23 Feb, 1894

 

One of the Unattached - LAW Bulletin, 9 Aug 1895

One of the Unattached – LAW Bulletin, 9 Aug 1895

 

Bearings - 16 Feb. 1894

Bearings – 16 Feb. 1894

Bearings 9 Feb. 1894

Bearings 23 Feb 1894 racist caricature, cropped

Bearings, 23 Feb. 1894

 

SF Examiner, 8 Aug. 1897

San Francisco Examiner, 8 Aug. 1897: Kemble Illustrates the Piccaninny Club Awheel; a Brush with Brack Trash

Bearings, 1898 scrapbook - 1

Three cartoons  from Bearings, 1898

Bearings, scrapbook - 3Bearings, 1898 scrapbook - 2

France – 1901

Nose-thumbing from La Vie

La Vie au Grand Air, Paris, 1901. The caption underneath says: “Jacquelin. A souvenir from Thursday 16 May! It’s true that on the 27th the negro got his own back brilliantly in return for being defeated previously, except for the nose-thumbing. But, in fact, this thumb to the nose, wasn’t it perhaps a military salute?” [i.e., because Jacquelin was in the military]. The balloon coming out of Taylor’s mouth says – “He’s bad! He doesn’t want to wait for me.”

La Vie au grand Air,26 May 1901

La Vie au Grand Air, 26 May 1901

France – 1909

Mich 2, Le Plein Air, prob. 1909

Mich cartoon, Le Plein Air, 1909

Mich, Le Plein Air, date unknown, 1909

Mich cartoon, Le Plein Air, 1909

Australia, 1903

No. 13, Australia, small dpi - 1

“No. 13”, The Bulletin, 17 Jan. 1903

No. 13, Australia, small dpi - 2

“No. 13”, The Bulletin, 17 Jan. 1903

Blessed are the Peacemakers - detail

Blessed are the Pacemakers – The Bulletin, 17 Jan

Blessed are the Pacemakers - The Bulletin, 17 Jan 1903

Blessed are the Pacemakers – The Bulletin, 17 Jan

'Nother interview - Bulletin, 14 March 1903

‘Nother interview – Bulletin, 14 March 1903

United States

Salt Lake Telegram, 20 Aug. 1910

Salt Lake Telegram, 20 Aug. 1910

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