Butter-Nut and PayDay Candy Bars by Hollywood — 1959 (American Bandstand)

This is an interesting ad from a 1959 issue of Ebony magazine because it depicts an African-American dancing couple, suggesting their participation in the 1950s TV music/dance show American Bandstand, but apparently the show’s producers methodically kept out all but white dancers and audience members from appearing on the show at this time. According to a book about the legendary television show, black teenagers weren’t regularly seen on the show until 1964 when the show moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. An interesting article on this is here: “Not So Nice: No Matter what host Dick Clark Says, American Bandstand Blocked Black Teens.” The book’s author, Matthew F. Delmont, an American Studies professor, wrote this article about the show’s “complex racial legacy” following Dick Clark’s death in 2012.

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