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"Is Miss Dinah at Home? "

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Is Miss Dinah at Home?

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This cartoon, originally drawn by Edward Williams Clay as one of fourteen in a series called "Life in Philadelphia," satirized the social conventions adopted by Philadelphia's blacks.

In the cartoon, a well dressed black man converses with a black woman, who holds forth a tray from a cellar door.

He asks, "Is Miss Dinah at home?
She replies, "Yes sir but she bery potickly engaged in washing de dishes."
He says, "Ah! I'm sorry I cant have the honour to pay my devours to her. Give her my card."

Image Credit: The Print and Picture Collection, The Free Library of Philadelphia

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