Photographer Maynard Parker.
Fred Astair in blackface as “Bojangles of Harlem” in “Swingtime”, 1936.
A 1930’s ticket to the “Regular Fellows Minstrel Benefit of Ninth Street U. B. Church at the Hamilton High School Auditorium.” This was Hamilton, Ohio’s second high school, built at N. Sixth and Dayton Streets, operating from 1915 until 1959.
1937 Comedic Duo Molasses ‘n’ January Black-Face Comedians.
Detroit Michigan Times Square Communists Hold May Day Rally. Photo dated May 1, 1937. It shows radicals holding a May Day demonstration at Detroit’s Times Square.
Young migrant mother has just finished washing. Merrill FSA (Farm Security Administration) camp, Klamath County, Oregon.
Between Tulare and Fresno on U.S. 99. See general caption. A large variety and great number of service stations face highway.
Brawley, Imperial Valley. In Farm Security Administration (FSA) migratory labor camp. Family father, mother and eleven children originally from Mangrum, Oklahoma.
At Minna Street the army forms a semi-circle and sings to attract a crowd. Salvation Army, San Francisco, California.
All the members of the congregation. Friends church (Quaker). Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon.
1936 drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California.
An “Arkansas Hoosier” born in 1855. Conway, Arkansas. “My father was a Confederate soldier. He give his age a year older than it was to get into the army. After the war he bought 280 acres from the railroad and cleared it. We never had a mortgage on it. In 1920 the land was sold, […]
Boys looking at penny movies. Louisiana, 1938.
“MURDER IN BARROOM (ROYAL BAR & RESTAURANT) … MANHATTAN.”
“BODY OF JOHN DILLINGER, DESPARADO…. LAST RIDE TO MORGUE.”
AL CAPONE’S BROTHER. UPI Telephoto, 1938, with stamp for Acme Newspictures. Black and white photograph shows Ralph Capone, hiding his face, as he and Mrs. Capone led “lensmen” on a “wild 100-mile chase” after visiting the stricken gangster in Alcatraz. CAPONE ENTERING COURTROOM. AL CAPONE’S WIFE. An Acme Newspictures photograph from 1938. The caption of […]
Roth Service Station, Oscar Grossheim Studio, Muscatine, Iowa, May 14, 1934
A pivotal moment in Minnesota race relations On the evening of June 15, 1920, Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton–three young African American men who had been accused of raping a white woman–were pulled from their jail cells in Duluth, Minnesota, and lynched by a mob of thousands of people. The United States was […]
Lawrence Beitler took this iconic photograph on August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana. It showed the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two young black men from the John Robinson show circus accused by a teenager of raping his white girlfriend (This accusation was subsequently found to be a lie). A mob of 10,000 […]
CA State Prison at San Quentin CA. Photo dated Apr 9, 1930.
Celebrating Go Western Day, Billings, Montana.
Jilson Setters and Betty Day. Jilson Setters in front of cabin holding fiddle, Rowan County, Kentucky, 1932. Jilson Setters playing fiddle outdoors, 1932. Jilson Setters walking in the woods.
The boy is probably Lora Thacker of Raccoon Hollow [Harlan County], Kentucky, who had been unable to stand upright until he was taken by Dr. Arthur Shade Jones, eastern head of the Kentucky Crippled Children Commission, to Stephenson orthopedic hospital in Ashland, Kentucky. Jean Thomas took an interest in him, and in Dr. Jones’ work, […]
The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. Sambo is a South Indian boy who encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new […]
Sign on restaurant, Lancaster, Ohio. August, 1938 Lancaster is a very prosperous town, the county seat of Fairfield County, which is considered to be one of the richest farmland areas in the Middle West. Lancaster has two large industries: glass and shoes. All THESE AMERICANS Galleries and Photographs by Subject: Ben Shahn
Railroad Crossing Guard (Richmond, Virginia), from the project The Negro in Virginia Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gullah woman standing in front of her house. Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Gullah woman. Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Diana Brown [Gullah Woman] standing in front of her house on Edisto Island, S.C. Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972 http://www.yale.edu/glc/gullah/index.htm
African American men and women in stands. Howard University. 1938
Posters covering a building near Lynchburg to advertise a Downie Bros. circus
Negro flood refugee in the Red Cross temporary infirmary of Forrest City, Arkansas. Negro flood refugees in the Red Cross temporary infirmary at Forrest City, Arkansas. Negroes in the lineup for food at mealtime in the camp for flood refugees, Forrest City, Arkansas. Negro girl in the temporary infirmary. Forrest City, Arkansas.
Movie theatre on Saint Charles Street. Liberty Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Minstrel poster. Alabama. 1936
Floyd Burroughs and Tengle children, Hale County, Alabama.
Union Pacific Railroad Turbine Train. Photo dated 1939. Caption says it is original trubine locomtive for Union Pacific.
Detroit Michigan Central Railroad Bridge Grade Separation. Photo dated Sep 15, 1938. It shows the bridge and the grade separtion for Michigan Avenue behind it.
In a carrot pickers’ camp, Imperial Valley, California. Woman from Broken Bow, Oklahoma. “Are you going to take my picture, wait till I get my hair combed”.
Drought refugees from Abilene, Texas, following the crops of California as migratory workers. “The finest people in this world live in Texas but I just can’t seem to accomplish nothin’ there. Two year drought, then a crop, then two years drought and so on. I got two brothers still trying to make it back there […]