Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chicago's Historic Bronzeville Community 1941-1943 (part 1)

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Another departure from the 1950s and 1960s theme of this blog! But this focuses on the Southside of Chicago, where I was born and raised, so it's well worth it.

The photos in this post are from Bronzeville: Black Chicago in Pictures: 1941-1943 by Maren Stange. I have almost 40 images from this book, so I'll split them into two sections. Part one is below. All captions taken directly from book.

Girl in picket line before the Mid-City Realty Company in south Chicago. John Vachon, July 1941.

Oliver Coleman, drummer, making one of his biweekly visits to his union hall, Local 208 of the Musicians Union. He is proud of his union and of the Musicians hall. His local is one of the largest in the country and are all Negroes. Jack Delano, 1942.

Pullman porter at the Union Station. Jack Delano, January 1943.

Newsboy selling the Chicago Defender, a leading Negro newspaper. Jack Delano, April 1942.

Buying jewelry in a ten-cent store which caters to Negroes. Russell Lee, April 1941.

Employees of Negro insurance company. Edwin Rosskam, July 1941.

In the Perfect Eat Shop, a restaurant on 47th Street near South Park, owned by Mr. E. Morris. Jack Delano, April 1942.

People shopping for shoes on Maxwell Street. Russell Lee, April 1941.

Shoe store on 47th Street. Russell Lee, April 1941.

Ida B. Wells housing project. Family of Mr. Edward Vaughn, living in one of the apartments. Mr. Vaughn is doing work for the War Department. Jack Delano, March 1942.

[Musician] Oliver Coleman with his five-month-old son, in the living room of his apartment on Indiana Avenue. Jack Delano, April 1942.

Candy stand run by Negro on South Side. Russell Lee, April 1941.

South Side. Russell Lee, April 1941.

Living room in the home of a well-to-do Negro. Russell Lee, April 1941.

Window of an apartment house rented to Negroes. Russell Lee, April 1941.

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  1. What memories these pictures stir about my childhood in Chicago. Thanks for posting.

  2. I like this book because it shows the real story of how black people made it, to be accepted as northamerican citizens and stop racism and descrimination, but sadly until now there are people that don't understand that, which is sad, seems like the human race will never made, the peace...

  3. It's simply beautiful to remind all these moments specially because I'm a black man and sometimes I've been discriminated, it's perfect to see that times have changed.