Advertising Broadside for Amusement Park Game
African Dip Co. of Zanesville, Ohio ca. 1915
The company also produced a similar "African" version
of this midway game in the first half of the 20th
Century. Concessionaires often exploited long-standing
racial animosities by making black people the subject
of white amusement at various parks. For many years,
the African Dip was a well-known midway attraction,
particularly among young white males. Players of the
game paid for the chance to dunk an "African" in a
pool of water. Those who were hired to play the role
of the "African" were encouraged to be as verbally
abusive as possible in order to incite the animosities
of white patrons and thus drum up additional business
for the game.
In this version, the "Sappho Tip", encouraged
participants to have fun letting loose on a
representative of womanhood, as described above with
the African Dip. The machine was set up so the women
never actually had to get wet "Lady don't fall
from chair but retains her seat..."It is so
arranged that the water squirts up around her, but
don't hit her..."
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