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I Antique Online

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A group for collectors and sellers of vintage Black Americana items. Post pictures of your collections and share information.

Members: 108
Latest Activity: Jan 27, 2019

Meet Your Moderators Memphis Attic And Author Barbara Mauzy

Photo used as group avatar is from member http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/profile/DeannaMoyers

About Memphis Attic

Concept and title of group created by Dawn.

I have a passion for collecting which includes but not limited to: all kinds of pop culture items, salt & pepper shakers, old cookie jars, old shabby painted items, old advertising tin signs, vintage Black Americana, pottery bowls, retro kitchen items, old display cabinets, cricket benches, antique furniture, Adirondack items and the list goes on and on. I am a total addict!! Somebody help me!! I've been collecting about 15 years and don't have room for it all. I frequent yard sales, estate sales, flea markets and I do buy and sell on Ebay. 

Discussion Forum

antique Black Americana cast iron crying baby on pot 3 Replies

Started by randy d norris. Last reply by Molly Jan 27, 2019.

Visiting the African-American Museum: Waiting, Reading, Thinking, Connecting, Feeling

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 29, 2016.

A Database of Names to Trace Slave Ancestry 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Bigsarge Oct 24, 2012.

Black Americana Negro Alarm Clock

Started by bill eppler May 26, 2012.

the liberator news papers 1837

Started by lundy'antiques/collectables Mar 5, 2012.

Black Baby Inside of Gator - Ceramic/Porcelain 1 Reply

Started by michele.m.fry. Last reply by Deb Jani Jan 26, 2012.

Gotta love these old black baby dolls!! 1 Reply

Started by Judy Smith. Last reply by Deb Jani Jan 2, 2012.

Post pictures of your Black Americana Memorabilia! 31 Replies

Started by Memphis Attic. Last reply by OldStuffNYC Sep 12, 2011.

Salt & Pepper shakers

Started by Lillian Dunbar Jun 29, 2011.

Black items for sale 34 Replies

Started by Irene Davis. Last reply by Crazy4Me Mar 30, 2011.

Hand carved face on chair Help 2 Replies

Started by Michael E Douglas. Last reply by Michael E Douglas Feb 17, 2011.

Identification help 2 Replies

Started by magnificent obsessions. Last reply by magnificent obsessions Feb 16, 2011.

Black vintage dolls for sale

Started by m. kap Feb 16, 2011.

More black memorabilia for sale

Started by m. kap Feb 16, 2011.

Black memorabilia for sale

Started by m. kap Feb 16, 2011.

Old South Artwork 6 Replies

Started by Dino DeMario. Last reply by Dino DeMario Jan 30, 2011.

Tracing the history and details of "The Darkie Pipe"

Started by Terri Turrell Sep 5, 2010.

New Member With Unusual Find--I think! 2 Replies

Started by OldStuffNYC. Last reply by Memphis Attic Sep 3, 2010.

need help identifing this black memorabilia ashtray - need to know if somthing is missing 1 Reply

Started by Leah Lemons. Last reply by Memphis Attic Sep 3, 2010.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on January 8, 2012 at 11:29pm

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on December 30, 2011 at 7:47pm

Lillian~ I need to add that your bank is "Lucky Joe" not "Jolly Joe" named after a famous boxer. Anyone care to jump in on that name?

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on December 30, 2011 at 7:46pm

Deb- Is the face carved right into the wood, or is that some other material applied to the back of the chair?

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on December 30, 2011 at 6:03pm

The lips were a bright red sticker. This was a mustard jar and you got the bank "for free". The most valuable versions have the lips with the original lid not having the coin slot pushed out.

Comment by Lillian Dunbar on December 30, 2011 at 5:17pm

This was amongst my mom's knickknacks. My dad called it a "Jolly Joe." I looked that up on Ebay and it did find these glass head banks, however, mine doesn't have the original cap. On Ebay, sellers are asking anywhere from $10 to $35 for them at present and some show the lips painted bright red. Was the original jar painted?

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 19, 2011 at 9:38pm

James~ Glad you appreciated this. I do need to correct myself. The Afro-American Life Ins. Co. started in 1901. Obviously it was in response to the difficulties people of color were having when attempting to secure insurance. The brochure that came with it featured a white mother with a white baby. Fascinating!

Comment by James West on November 19, 2011 at 9:33pm

Nice unusual piece--never seen one of these!!

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 19, 2011 at 9:24pm

The picture and link I just posted are for a baby bottle given to new mommies from the Afro-American Life Insurance Company. This business operated from 1909-1990 in Jacksonville, FL. Besides having all of the paperwork, what makes this interesting is the black Bakelite nipple. Enjoy! Barbara

Comment by Barbara E. Mauzy on November 19, 2011 at 9:22pm
Comment by Memphis Attic on October 8, 2011 at 11:01pm

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