Lot 338: 1906 Ohio tourist in Mississippi disppointed by "homely" Black women in New Orleans

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Lot 338: Author: N/A; Title: 1906 letter, Ohio visitor to Mississippi disappointed by "homely" mixed race women in New Orleans; Place Published: Pass Christian, Mississippi; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1906; Description: Autograph Letter Signed (with initials O.S.M.). Mexican Gulf Hotel, Pass Christian, Miss., April 3, 1906. 6pp. Apparently to a relative, W.[illiam] R.Mitchell, c/o The National Acme Manufacturing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. With original mailing envelope.Having just arrived in the Mississippi Gulf town from New Orleans, the young writer lauds Pass Christian, a "delightful", if pricey, resort for northerners, the water lined with oyster boats, offering splendid fishing and hunting and a hotel filled with the "bon ton". But he had been disappointed by New Orleans, where he had expected to find "beautiful Southern girls". Instead, they were a "pretty homely bunch...and not a pretty Octoroon, quadroon or Creole did we spot. They were all just plain niggers." Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $100-150
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