The Ouilmette Country Club put on a "county fair" that also featured plays and skits. The man in blackface with the name "PAZZ" pinned to his jacket, wears a suit, top hat, tie, and gloves, following the well-established racist caricature of the "Zip Coon."
Minstrel shows emerged as entertainment in the 1830s. "Jim Crow," in fact, was a minstrel show character created in this early period. After the Civil War, amateur minstrel shows grew in popularity. Societies, groups, and clubs performed amateur blackface, as evidenced by the materials from our collection. Blackface performances were a commonplace form of entertainment well into the 20th century.
Sources: Wilmette Historical Museum Photograph Collection, c. 1910, Object ID A187
"Yes, Politicians Wore Blackface. It Used to be All-American 'Fun,'" Rhae Lynn Barnes, The Washington Post
"The Origins of Jim Crow," Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
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