I've got a 1954 issue of Ebony magazine on the way. Turns out my dad has it, it's in really good shape, and originally belonged to my Great Grandfather Joe Petty. The online archives don't go back that far, so I'm excited to get my hands on this rarity!
Whenever it gets here, I'll post all the amazing pictures it's sure to contain!
Also, I was reading the back posts and archives at Thriftaholic and was in awe of the Pyrex kitchenware. I've seen similar peices to the ones posted there at thrift stores so I did a little research on Pyrexlove.com to memorize authentic prints and colorways.
But, to my surprise, once I was done with the research, I walk into my kitchen and what do I see in the dishrack? A Cornell Corningware Pyrex Butterfly Gold cereal bowl. My grandma brought some food over in it and I completely forgot it was here!
She has she might have more pieces with the same print, and I'll definitely keep a keen eye out to complete the set. (pics soon)
I may be my local library's number one patron... especially because these days I'm checking out more than novels, anthologies, and essays and have progressed to photography collections.
The pictures in this post are from Introduction toAfrican American Photographs: 1840-1950 - Identification, Research, Care, & Collecting by Ross J. Kelbaugh and Black Style edited by Carol Tulloch.
Neither of these books were particularly fruitful when searching them for examples of Black fashion in the 1960s, but together, they produced five great 1950s photographs.
The two photos above are from Introduction, which was quite informative. If I ever find tangible vintage African American photographs, I'll have to reacquaint myself with Kelbaugh's book for dating and identification.
The editing in Black Style was a bit lacklucker, as you may have detected from the three captions above, and the content was scattered and aimless, but I can tell it's the kind of book that was probably an assignment for the editor among many similar and dissimilar photo compilations. That said, anytime I find great pictures like the ones in this post, it was time well spent!
This blog features vintage advertising campaigns and fashion editorials from Black/African-American publications, video clips and found photographs featuring people of color from the 1950s-1960s, as well as product descriptions and pictures of vintage pieces I have for sale at my etsy.com shop.
Among the items available for purchase will be dresses, skirts, cardigans, shoes, bags, jewelry, and occasionally hats from the 1950s-1960s or fashioned in the style of that era.
I've loved vintage fashion for some time (and traditional jazz and pop standards, old movies, Doris Day, et al), and did lots of research before deciding to open a vintage etsy shop and start this blog, because I wanted to do it right. Something I noticed during my research, something that helped me to cement my decision, was the lack of women of color in the online vintage community.
So, not only will I be selling vintage clothing, but the pictures I post here, of beautiful women of color from the 1950s and 1960s, will give some idea of what we truly wore then.
My great grandmother, Essie O'Neal, and her brother, Norris Reed, Sr in the late 1940s.
More pictures of my family in the 1940s - 1980s HERE and HERE.