We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1890s Minstrel Poster
1890s-early 1900s by the Donaldson Litho Co. of Newport|KY. "Al G. Field Big Minstrels - Dan Quinlan The Chesterfield Of Modern Minstrelsy." Poster has inset bw image of Field in upper left-hand corner. Main image of poster is large portrait image of Quinlan who wears high-collared cape. This is the very clean original example. I love his Elvis outfit. 42 in.Hx28 in.W $1,150