Inaugural issue of Soviet Russia Today, the official organ of the Friends of the Soviet Union, a Communist Front group organized to extoll the achievements of the Five Year Plan. Sold at the give-away price of $1.00 per year, the aim was to get as many copies as possible into the hands of suffering workers during the Great Depression. It worked!
PROGRESS for June 26, 1970 - a motivational graphic extra that appeared regularly as an insert in Muhammad Speaks (now called “Muslim Journal”), official organ of the Nation of Islam. Though we’ve handled hundreds of issues of Muhammad Speaks, we’ve only seen a few examples of Progress - we suspect many were removed and used as wall decorations, as they are quite striking inside, most featuring the artwork of the pioneering graphic designer Abdal Eugene Majied - an artist whose work deserves to be better known.
Great promotional broadside for Sammy Harris, a talented Akron lightweight who died in the ring in at the age of 19, just as his career was taking off. Clean, Classy & Colorfull - what a shame to die so young.
History of the Black Man - great early Afrocentric history book by Earl Koger Sr, a Baltimore insurance agent whose companion volume, “Black Mother Goose,” is one of the classics of the genre. Well worth searching out, but quite hard to find.
We’re pretty much in love with this recently-acquired theatrical broadside, an uncommon survival from the heyday of Havana’s Chinese diaspora community, ca. 1920s-30s. We assume “Teatro Chung Wa” to have been affiliated with the “Casino Chung Wah,” one of the several Chinese cultural & political institutions that flourished in Havana’s Barrio Chino from the late 1890s through the 1950s.
An illustrated coloring and cut-out book for juvenile audiences, wherein Little Zeng, a young African boy comes to Harlem (clad in leopard skin!) and takes his cousin and his friends on a tour throughout the history of Africa. The book also includes a section on black contributions to art, music, dance, and religion. A terrific vehicle for incorporating the facts of African history in relation to black life in the U.S. Rare; none in commerce (2013), and OCLC notes a single holding in the US (NYPL), with a second copy held at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
Collects two powerful poems by the important Bay-area poet and key member of the Black Arts Movement, who co-founded Black Arts West with Ed Bullins. Among the scarcest items by Marvin X; we find no examples of the limited issue in the trade, and while OCLC locates 15 holdings in American institutions, the majority of these are for the edition of 1000.