This example is not a 1930s-40s black comic character, nor can it be accurately described as 'vintage Black Americana.' This is a brand new fantasy item specifically made to resemble a type of old-fashioned hand fan, but no authentic fans like this were ever actually made.
This piece is stiff paperboard, cutout and assembled in a modern factory and printed with modern printing inks. The thin wooden handle is attached in an incorrect manner that differs from attachment methods actually used on such types of items made in earlier eras. At manufacture the tonal effect of artificial aging was sprayed along the edges of the back to assist in giving it the illusion of age.
For only a few dollars this item can be purchased today, wholesale, as a brand new 'nostalgic collectible' from its modern distributor.
Measurements are approximately 12 inches X 8 inches.
Item ID: 2007RP00076
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