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This object is a caricature reminiscent of the plate ""Have you any flesh coloured silk stockings...?"" from E.W. Clay's racist satiric series, Life in Philadelphia, originally published in the late 1820s and early 1830s. Depicts an African-American man dressed as a woman, sitting in front of the counter of a dry goods store and inquiring about a pair of dark stockings which ""she"" holds. A smiling female sales clerk assists the customer while displaying a second pair of dark stockings. Bolts of fabric rest on shelves behind the clerk, socks and hosiery hang above, and a white female customer shops at the other end of the counter. It is printed on gray mount featuring the Sun Sculpture trademark.

Description Source

The Library Company of Philadelphia. (accessed June 12, 2018).


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date



3 1/2 X 7 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

albumen prints mounted on card


recto, vertical far left: Underwood & Underwood Publisher / New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas. recto, vertical far right: Work and Studios / Arlington, N.J. Littleton N.H. Washington D.C. recto, at bottom: Is yo' sho' lady when I wears dese stockings I won' fin' ma laigs all black! / Copyright 1902 by Underwood & Underwood.


African American women--Caricatures and cartoons; African Americans--Clothing & dress--United States

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Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries.

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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Is yo' sho' lady when I wears dese stockings I won' fin' ma laigs all black!



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