Unusual Black Memorabilia - Mammy Notepad Holder ca.1950's

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This is a unique old note pad holder fashioned after a black mammy figure. The upper body is made of a black, molded plastic with red and white, painted detail. The lower portion of the body has a light cardboard “dress”. The red and black skirt is die cut and is the cover over the sheets of note paper. The first sheet under the cover has the calendar months of July - December 1952 and January - June 1953. A pencil attached to a thin cord is tied around the wrist of the woman so it is always at hand for jotting down notes. There is a small hole at the top back so this could be hung on a nail on the kitchen wall. There are two posts that the sheets of paper slip over. I find no indication of who made this unusual piece.

It measures about 8 ¼” in overall length and about 4 ¾” across at the bottom of the dress. It is in good condition with some use wear. There are no chips or cracks to the plastic and generally minor wear to the painted features. The “skirt” has edge wear, creases and scuff wear and parts of it are worn through the red as though it were erased or lightly scratched down to the light background color. The pages of the note pad are lightly yellowed from age and lightly curled. Several of the pages, including the calendar page, have pencil scribbling. The posts on the back have two different caps and I think the red one might not be original.

The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.