Item consists of a mounted photograph depicting the cast of the Kodak Minstrel Show, that took place on May 3rd, 1920. The cast of 35 includes 32 men, most of whom are in blackface, wearing wigs and makeup, and three women in regular dress. Minstrel variety shows were performed occasionally during the 1920's by Canadian Kodak employees as part of the Kodak Athletics Association (KAA) activities.
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.
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