Philadelphia: Samuel H. Reading, 1937. First Edition. Broadside, 17 x 10 inches, printed recto-only on newsprint. Text (taken from a Conkling speech at the Metropolitan Opera House in October, 1937) printed in two columns beneath a two-panel woodcut illustration showing an Up North Democrat vs. Down South Democrat with a lynching scene. Old folds; paper slightly toned, with a few tiny tears and neat splits along left margin, and a tiny triangular chip to same; Very Good.
Rare broadside from the print shop of Samuel H. Reading, an African-American printer and publicist who briefly employed the Philadelphia artist Dox Thrash as a graphic designer (we entertained the tantalizing possibility that the current lynching graphic may have been Thrash's work, but the signature in the plate -- 'JTR' -- does not bear out our fantasy). Roscoe Conkling Simmons (1881-1951), the Tuskegee-educated nephew of Booker T. Washington, was among the most popular African-American political orators of the pre-War period. He remained a staunch Republican, even through the New Deal era when many Blacks switched allegiance to the Democratic Party, and gave the speech seconding Herbert Hoover's nomination at the 1932 Republican Convention -- an unprecedented honor for an African-American politician. This publication rare; not listed in Danky (African American Newspapers and Periodicals); OCLC gives three physical locations for any issue (one of which - SDSU - is for this issue).