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Amos and Andy
Amos and Andy in blackface doing one of their routines from RKO Pictures circa 1930.
Amos and Andy were: Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll

Al Jolson performing Mammy
Al Jolson doing his Plantation Act in the 1920's.

Marion Davies, Sam McDanial
Operator 13, from MGM 1934 with Marion Davies and Sam McDanial.
Ms. Davies was quite convincing in blackface no?

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Babes in Arms
Shot in 1941, "Babes On Broadway" had Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland performing during the 'minstrel show' subplot with Rooney in blackface. Note the chorus behind them also in blackface. Today the blackface scene has put the entire Academy Award nominated film in an uncomfortable light.

Bert Williams in the Ziegfield Follies
Bert Williams in character, and in blackface, in the "Ziegfield Follies" circa 1910 - 1917

Bert Williams as himself
Bert Williams, 1874 - 1922.
Williams was one of the first Blacks to record music for phonographs, as he did for the Victor company in October, 1901. Undated photo.

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