Irish Stereotypes Library of Congress

Stereotypical portrayals of Irish people, influenced by caricatures, found their way into stage productions and films. These two American stereographs from circa 1876 show actors impersonating Irish people in photos entitled “Barney’s Blarney” and “After Donnybrook Fair.” The male actor’s clothes create a foolish and disheveled appearance, props hint at dirty and sloppy living quarters, and the scenes portray drunkenness and frivolity. Stereotypical portrayals of the Irish continue in films and television to this day. (Library of Congress)

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