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Do It Now, Vol. IX., No. 4

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An issue of the National Organization for Women newsletter, Do It Now, May 1976, Volume IX, No. 4. The front cover reads, in white type on a black ground at the top: "DO IT NOW NOW NOW NOW" with the "O" in each stacked "NOW" being the logo of the National Organization for Women. Below the title, printed in black type on a white ground the cover reads: "VOL. IX, No. 4 NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN MAY, 1976". The bottom half of the cover includes a print of a black and white photograph of five (5) women marching in a city street holding banners reading "ERA NOW", in reference to the Equal Rights Amendment. A credit line identifying the women pictured is typed below the photograph reading, "Junior Bridge, Karen DeCrow, Lillian Ciarrochi, Suzy Sutton, Nada Chandler on the march for ERA. Photo: Betty Curtis." The interior pages of the newsletter, fourteen (14) total, are matte white paper with black type and black-and-white images. The contents of the newsletter include reports regarding activities and meetings of members and committees, and announcements of future member gatherings. The back cover has black type on a white ground with the organizations logo on the top and a list of task forces with contact information below it. On the proper left center is a sidebar with information about subscribing to Ms. Magazine. On the proper right lower three-quarters side is a sidebar with information about the background and ordering of the ERA Medallion. A white mailing address sticker with black type is adhered to the center top of the back cover.

We Walk the Way of the New World

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is a paperback volume of poetry titled "We Walk the Way of the New World" by Don L. Lee. The cover is black, with a large central image against a red, green and yellow mosaic background. Divided into three fields by black borders with brown and yellow triangles, the top field has the title in black letters, followed by a crescent moon and star. The middle field shows a drawing of an individual in profile, flanked by an African sculpture to the right and a large African mask to the left. The bottom field has the words "By Don L. Lee/ Broadside Press Detroit." In the bottom right corner of the cover are the numbers "$1.50."

Colander used by Chef Joseph Randall

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A metal colander with circular base and circular bowl. There are metal handles on sides of colander and numerous round holes in the bowl for straining. The exterior of bowl is copper.

The Conjure Woman

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This book is a first edition, first printing of “The Conjure Woman," a collection of seven short stories, all set in "Patesville," North Carolina and told through the view point of the character Uncle Julius: The Goophered Grapevine, Po’ Sandy, Mars Jeems’s Nightmare, The Conjurer’s Revenge, Sis’ Becky’s Pickaninny, The Gray Wolf’s Ha’nt, and Hot-foot Hannibal. The book has a tan cloth binding. The front cover has three illustrations set in in red blocks at top center of the cover. From left to right the illustrations include a white hare, an elderly bald man with a beard, and a white hare. Title of book, [THE CONJURE WOMAN], is embossed beneath the red blocks in gold serif typeface and author's name, [CHARLES · W · CHESNUTT], centered at bottom of the front cover, also in gold serif typeface. The spine text is all printed in gold serif typeface. The text along the top third of the spine reads [THE / CONJURE / WOMAN]. The author's name [CHARLES W · / CHESNUTT], is embossed on the center of the spine and the name of the publishers [HOUGHTON / MIFFLIN CO] is embossed across the bottom of the spine. The book is two hundred and twenty-nine pages and includes a title page and contents page.

Dodo Body Lightening soap and packaging

National Museum of African American History and Culture
a. This is an off-white bar of soap and its packaging. Rectangular in shape, the soap material is darkening slightly at one end. There are shallow ribbing marks and irregularities across the surface. It is wrapped in plastic.

b. This is cardboard packaging for skin lightening soap. Front of packaging on the right side features an image of a young woman with her left side facing the viewer. She chin rests on her left shoulder as she looks at the viewer. Left of her head at the top of the packaging is stylized cursive text in purple that reads “Dodo." On the lower half of the front of the packing is a pink background. In the middle of the packaging is a white oval with purple and pink text within that reads "BODY SOAP/ LIGHTENING." To the left of the woman's torso is an additional white oval with purple, stylized cursive text that reads "WhiteUp/ TM." In the lower left corner of the packaging is additional white text "Gumming/ Anti Spots." The back of the packaging is identical to the front with the English text replaced by French. The remaining sides of the packaging is filled with instructions for use, ingredients, manufacturing information, and use. The box includes both French and English language throughout.

White Express skin lightening lotion

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is a white container for lightening lotion manufactured by White Express. The front of the container features a large, white rectangular label with the image of a woman on the left side. She is facing the viewer, smiling mouth open, with her left hand against the left side of her face. She wears a towel wrapped around her head. The woman's right side is cropped from the label. Surrounding the woman is text in various sizes, colors, and fonts listing the manufacturer, uses, and description in both English and French. The text reads "NEW/ White/ EXPRESS/ Lait éclaircissant/ LIGHTENED-SKIN in 10 DAYS/ SOINS INTENSIFS/ DEPIGMENTANTS/ FORMULE/ AVANCEE/ au butyresorcinol/ et AHA/ Extra whitening lotion/ PARIS-LONDRES-NEW YORK." On the back of the container is an additional white label with before and after pictures at the top. Also on the label is black text listing the directions for use, ingredients, and description. The label text is in both English and French.

Music folder owned by Della Reese

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Two-pocket folder made of black paper textured to resemble leather with [DELLA REESE] centered on the front in gold lettering. Gold text at the upper right reads [VIOLIN II]. Underneath is a green & white sticker with [24 / VIII] handwritten in black ink. There is a gold logo and text on the right pocket, situated at the bottom right. The logo features a helmet-wearing man's head in the letter [A]. The text reads [ALPHEUS MUSIC CORP. / CAMEO MUSIC / HOLLYWOOD, CA]

All corners of the folder are curled or creased to various degrees.

Red, yellow, blue, and white Madras headdress

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A plaid headdress formed into a traditional Guadeloupian style. The red, blue, yellow, and white woven Madras style plaid cotton is formed and heat-set into a fixed structure with a portion rolled and gathered to fit over the crown of the head like a cap, and a decorative accordion-pleated fan reaching from ear to ear over the top of the head. The cap has a layer of medium-weight paper between the facing and lining Madras fabric to provide extra support. The raw edges of the fabric are hot-glued on the interior of the cap. A knot at the center back cap portion is also hot-glued, as is the back edge of the knot at the base of the fan. A manufacturer's tag reading "DODY" in white on a plaid ground is attached with a plastic tag to the proper left side of the fan near the cap.

Ebony Vol. XXVII No. 10

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An August 1973 issue of Ebony Magazine titled, The Black Middle Class. The front cover of the magazine is a fish-eye lens view of a photograph of a man walking down a street in a city. The man is dressed in a suite and carries a briefcase. The street is lined with high-rises and several other people walk along the sidewalk. Parked cars are also visible in the photograph. The top of the front cover of the magazine has a black background with white type. The type reads: [A Johnson Publication / EBONY / SPECIAL ISSUE]. The magazine name, Ebony, is set against a red background. Blue type over at the center reads: THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS]. The bottom left corner of the front cover has additional white type that reads: [AUGUST 1973 75¢]. The bottom center of the front cover has a white address label sticker with black type. The interior of the magazine consists of 180 pages. The back cover has a Winston cigarette advertisement. The top of the back cover has a black background with white type that reads: [HOW GOOD IT IS! / THAT'S WINSTON]. The main portion of the back cover is filled with an image for the advertisement of a man (left) holding a cigarette and a woman (right) with her arms around his shoulders. The bottom of the cover has a warning from the Surgeon General.

Pair of tété négresse style gold earrings with yellow stones

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pair of tété négresse style gold-colored earrings with fish hook clasps. Each earring is formed with four (4) consecutive circular layers that form a convex shape with the innermost layer being the pinnacle. This center layer is made from a single gold-colored metal bead that has a raised center nipple surrounded by a rounded cone with engraved stripes. The center bead is soldered to a second layer of five (5) gold-colored metal flower beads that have hollow centers with a single stamen protruding from the center. The layer is in turn soldered to the third layer, comprised of nine (9) of these same flower beads. The third layer is soldered to the fourth and outermost layer made from a ring of gold-colored metal resembling a ball chain, but with the back of this piece being flat. There is one rounded ball section protruding from the outermost layer with the looped portion of the clasp extending from it and attaching to a hook at the bottom center back.

Amphora

Smithsonian American Art Museum

No-Tin

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tok'Acou

Smithsonian American Art Museum

L'Tetan

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shauhaunapotinia

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Nesouaquoit

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Nowaykesugga

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Radius Square Box

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Flip Top

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thompson Trophy

National Air and Space Museum
This trophy depicts a male angel figure in front of a mountain with arms and wings stretched upward. Around the top half of the trophy are small plaques engraved with the details of each winner. The top of the trophy depicts clouds out of which emerges a rising sun, with an eagle projecting from each side. The front of the base is text embossed reading "Charles E. Thompson Trophy". The back of the trophy is engraved with images of forms of transportation throughout history, and the artist's name engraved on the base "Walter A. Sinz SC. 1930".

The Thompson race was a closed circuit, pylon-marked contest, comparable to a horse race in the air. Pilots all began together at the start line and jockeyed for position. The race was high speed at a low-altitude, and pilots had to make tight turns around the pylons which added extreme excitement to the event. Civilian pilots and homebuilt planes had a tendency to surpass the military in the Thompson contest. The Thompson race proved to be one of the most popular contests of its time.

Model, Static, Supermarine S.6B

National Air and Space Museum
Wood, paper, metal and plastic exhibit model of a Supermarine S.6B racing floatplane in silver and blue paint scheme. 1/16 scale. 1975.

Model, Static, Verville-Packard VCP-R

National Air and Space Museum
Wood and metal exhibit model of a Verville-Packard R-1 racing aircraft in light gray fuselage with cream wings and horizontal tail paint scheme. 1/16 scale.

Model, Static, Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster

National Air and Space Museum
Wood and plastic exhibit model of a Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster racing aircraft in red and white paint scheme. 1/16 scale.

Model, Static, Macchi M-7

National Air and Space Museum
Wood, plastic and metal exhibit model of a Macchi M-7 racing aircraft in brown and light gray hull and buff wings paint scheme. 1/16 scale. 1976.
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