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Native American Postcards, circa 1948-1954

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 2015-056

Scope and Contents

These five mid-twentieth century postcards depicting racial and gender stereotypes of Native Americans in the United States are as follows: 1. A Native American man wearing a headdress and other garb reads: “Greetings friend write soon. Here’s Smoke In Your Eye! I’m Smoking a Peace Pipe.” 2. A Native American man seated in front of a restroom reads: “Howdy! Just pausin’ fer a little refreshin / “No can gettum drink…white man sittum on spring”.” 3. A woman holding a small child and a white insurance salesman reads: “And fifty bucks a month when you are 65 / Squaw: Ugh, fifty bucks too many – I buck plenty. 4. A Native American man and a white man dressed as a western U.S. cowboy reads: “Pale face take-um chance on injin blanket? / Oh boy, oh boy! You betcha!” (with hearts coming off the man). 5. Two dogs seated in front of a totem pole reads: “Yea…me too! But I’m scared stiff to go near the durn thing.” Publishers of the postcards include: Western Stationery Co. of Yachats, Oregon, three by Bob Petley the “Cowboy Cartoonist” of Phoenix, Arizona, and Genuine Curteich of Chicago, Illinois.


  • Creation: circa 1948-1954

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0.1 Cubic Feet (5 postcards)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased via auction in December 2015.


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