WARNING: The below 19th century strip contains racist imagery and language.
Continuing our coverage of African American History Month, we have today another comic booklet by the Geo. W. Helme Co., manufacturer of Railroad Mills Snuff & Tobacco. Published in 1888, only two decades after the end of slavery, this is an example of how advertisers used stereotyped imagery of African Americans to sell their products to white America. As you can see from the page below, it is titled, “Up to Snuff, a Tale not to be Sneezed at, or the Luck of a Fat Little Moke.”
To view a previously posted, earlier Geo. W. Helme comic booklet, click here.
And click here, to find other examples of Victorian Era (plus slightly after) advertising comics.