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Double Takes

Double Takes

Double Takes - This one made me look - again!

With the thousands of images I see every day, using the '3 second rule,' if I find myself needing to look at a picture any longer than about 3 seconds - I'll share it. This one is titled "The Kermis," with no other information. Some research revealed that "kermesse" is from a Dutch word meaning a Church fund raiser. There are several photos in our database that come up with the search term "kermis," all of groups of people in costumes. This one includes some blackface makeup, which is not considered Politically Correct today. Some people collect images of this kind to illustrate the blatant stereotyping people used to engage in without thinking about how dehumanizing such behavior is.

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