Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play

Jessica B. Harris ’59

Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play by Jessica B. Harris ’59 brings together more than 150 images from her collection of postcards depicting Africans and their descendants in the African diaspora. Organized by geography (Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S.) and subject (farm, garden, and sea; marketplace; vendors and cooks; and leisure, entertainments, and festivities), the images capture the dignity of everyday labors and the pride of festive occasions. Essays detail the collecting process, interpretations, and historical and scholarly information. (University Press of Mississippi, 2020)

"Each of these images has a story behind it that calls for analysis by food studies scholars. Harris’s Vintage Postcards should inspire all of us to become avid deltiologists." —Marion Nestle, author of Food, Culture, and Society

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