a blackface troupe originated c.1843 by Edwin P. Christy in Buffalo, N.Y.; one of the first (along with Dan Emmett) to expand blackface from a solo act to a full minstrel show and bring it into the mainstream of American entertainment.
His chief successes were songs written for the negro melodists or christy minstrels.
He explained that, despite appearances which might lead to such a conclusion, he was not about to join the christy minstrels.
It's nothing very wonderful, but Gretta thinks it very funny because she says the word reminds her of christy minstrels.
There was a high cold wind, which drove black dust over us till we were all like christy minstrels.
But we don't much care for Wagner's music, nor christy minstrels.
But there's your friend, the Commander, calling out the troops; and such a set of christy minstrels you never saw before!
These euphonious names originated in this way: When the christy minstrels first appeared, we went one evening to hear them.
The third decade of the nineteenth century saw the coming of the christy minstrels.
Do you know he was so black, that they mistook him for one of the christy minstrels when he came into the ward-room afterwards!