I first saw this years ago and thought I'd never run across it again, but thanks to "Frank Zappa" I can now share its horrid wonders with you, the innocent general public.
Here's an ad, purportedly from the Johnson Catalog (whatever that was), for a disguise kit that, well, it's pretty much self-explanatory:
Have you picked your jaw up from the floor yet? I have no idea when this ad saw print, but it's a good bet that it's from the days of minstrel shows and other such accurate depictions of black American culture. The text below the "No Burnt Cork or Muss" header reads as follows:
The outfit comprises of a black stockingette mask, that can be slipped over the head in a moment, odd eyes, buck teeth, and imitation plantation straw hat. The entire makeup can be removed or concealed in your pocket "as quick as a wink." Great fun! The parts may be used separately if preferred, and the eyes can be adjusted to any angle.
What with those eyes, charcoal-black complexion, and those fucked-up teeth, is it just me or does this look like a burn victim or a low-budget mutant or something? And am I wrong, or can it be inferred from the text that this disguise would be ideal for anonymously committing crimes? They stress the easy on, easy off aspect of usability a bit too much for my comfort...
And all that for seventy-five cents! What a bargain!