Comic Almanacs

Comic almanacs go back in America at least to the 1830s. The staples of their paperbound, cheaply-printed pages were dialect jokes accompanied by caricatures. The images here of their typical or stereotypical representations of African Americans are from the years immediately before Stowe began writing Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Turner's Comic Almanac, 1851
(Philadelphia: Turner and Fisher, 1850)

Bone Squash's Black Joke Al-Ma-Nig, 1852
(Philadelphia: Fisher and Brother, 1851)

The Library Company of Philadelphia