Item consists of 3 mounted photographs of 3 group portraits of performers in the Kodak Minstrel Show. The first image depicts a group of 31 men and one child posing on stage with an 8 person orchestra and a director in front of the stage. All but one man on the stage is in blackface, wearing makeup and wigs.
The second group photographs depicts 30 male performers, all but one in blackface, wearing makeup and wigs, posed on a stage with a group of 7 male musicians posed in front of the stage.
The third image is a portrait of nine (9) women dressed in blackface, with makeup and matching stripped hats and dresses.
The performers were part of the Kodak Minstrel Show, performed by Canadian Kodak employees and held occasionally by the Kodak Athletics Association (KAA) during the 1920's. One image, at least, is of the group that performed at the Kodak Theatre on February 17th and 18th, 1921.
Minstrel shows are style of variety show, most popular during the late 19th and early 20th century, in which white performers use make-up and costumes to depict stereotyped caricatures of southern African Americans. The genre originated in the United States, but Canada had its own troupes and touring companies, and the format was popular with schools, community groups, and religious organizations.
Kodak Canada Inc.