May Irwin Postcard


Description
Creator:
Platinachrome Co., Creator
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Postcards
Description:
Portrait/Postcard of May Irwin
Notes:
May Irwin was a Canadian singer, songwriter, and comic performer who enjoyed popularity and prestige on the American stage from the late 1890s until the end of the 1910s. Key to Irwin’s popularity was her role as a “coon-shouter” and a performer of “coon songs,” deeply racist forms that emerge from minstrel musical traditions and blackface performances. Irwin’s considerable success was achieved via her reproduction of hate speech—speech which contributed to the oppression and death of many black persons in North America. For more information on Irwin’s life and her hate speech, see the following link: https://www.archeion.ca/campbell-georgina-may-1862-1938

Archives at Whitby Public Library maintains a collection of Irwin’s sheet music and associated ephemera. The sheet music in this archive is hate speech. The sheet music represents some of the most popular music of Irwin’s time, and as such constitutes important evidence of the anti-black racist and white supremacist ideologies that impacted and continue to influence Canada and America today. These ideologies are not condoned by Archives at Whitby Public Library, but the Archives has preserved such records in the hopes that, by encountering them, people will begin to think critically about and challenge historical and current racism.
Inscriptions:
Handwritten in ink along bottom: Your beautiful postal has been rec'd and it made me rather homesick to take a mountain trip on the Moffat road again. Yours Charlotte Hallard.

Hand Written on verso: Miss Daisy Burchfield 1624 Curtis Street Denver, Colorado
Place of Publication:
New York
Date of Original:
Cira 1900
Dimensions:
Width: 4 in
Height: 6 in
Subject(s):
Personal Name(s):
Irwin, May
Local identifier:
WA2012-01-04-003
Collection:
May Irwin Collection
Language of Item:
English
Copyright Statement:
This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from original postcard.
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May Irwin Postcard


Portrait/Postcard of May Irwin