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oct 7 11Savannah Tribune, October 7, 1911. Seems like the phenomenon of albinism was not as widely understood as one might think circa 1911. oct 7 11 2
What’s charming about this is that it implicitly positions the Caucasian strain as a throwback in relation to Negritude.

oct 7 11 3
I assume that said “recreation pier” was a place of cheap amusement–a midway of some sort. Nobody wasted any time capitalizing on the cash value of these infants. The bit about race supremacy being the crux of their antagonism certainly is nuts. It’s like baby Sallie is getting an exemption from the one-drop rule.

oct 7 11 4
“She is not green, nor yet blue”? WTF? Also: “thick, super-sensual, sagging lips.” Eek.
oct 7 11 5
Gee, that’s arguably kinda racist. Though it’s mighty white on the part of the reporter to allow that baby Marie is “just as clean and equally bright as her sister.” I bet she grew up to be “articulate.”
oct 7 11 6Interesting that Sallie’s hair isn’t unpigmented. Are there forms of albinism that work that way?
I wonder what happened to these kids.

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  1. According to Snopes, mixed race parents gave birth to a pair of twins-one white and one black. The theory is that a sperm with all-white genes fertilized an egg with all-white genes, and another sperm with all-black genes fertilized an egg with all-black genes. According to the article, the chances of that happening are about a million to one. Apparently it’s slightly more common for a mother to conceive twins by two different men.

    • I’ll be damned. Good enough for Snopes is good enough for me though.

  2. I reckon Mamma Boner could have generated some interest even without the young ‘uns in tow.

    • Reference to “Mamma Boner’s veins” especially arresting.

    • George A. Thompson
    • Posted November 24, 2009 at 3:58 am
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    This Snopes was perhaps kin to the characters in Faulkner’s novels? Wouldn’t put much store in what such folk say.
    Wouldn’t put too much store in what the guy collecting the nickles at a store-front freak-show says, either. Those babies might not have been twins, or related. At the least, if they really were chasing each other round their trundle cot, they were a good deal older than 5 months. I’ve rather lost track of how fast babies develop, but five-month olds would not be ready to crawl, let alone tumble over a crib-mate.

    GAT

  3. Snopes.com does in fact take its name from the Faulkner characters, but in the spirit of satire. The site is an invaluable and trustworthy resource for busting urban legends and fighting glurge. I believe it was one of the earliest actually useful applications of the Internet.
    Not that I’m invested in the authenticity of the above tale. The whole deal could very easily have been ginned up. As for the mobility issue: I’m the proud owner of a 5-year-old, and she wasn’t significantly mobile until 7 months and change. But that’s a pretty small sample I guess.


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