Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vintage Life Magazine Photos from 1930s & 1940s

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I know this blog is dedicated to images of people of color from the 1950s and 1960s, but these 1930s and 1940s photographs from Life Magazine are great! I'll dedicate a separate post to the Life Magazine photos from the 1950s and 1960s.

Montgomery, AL students in 1949.

Jackie Robinson, his wife and child in 1949.

Washington, D.C. students in 1948.

A 1949 overcrowded all-Black school in Washington, D.C.

1946-1948 images from Howard University.

1944 OPA workers.

Women's Army Corps members in 1943.

Leon James and Willa Mae Ricker demonstrating the lindy hop in 1943.

Women's Army Corps members in 1942.

Public school students in Ohio in 1942.

1940s man and woman.

1939 Delta Sigma Theta singing practice in Lawrence, KS.

1938 Harlem.

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  1. I love looking at old pics! So classic!

  2. Amazing photos - really give you a sense of the period. One small criticism, normally captions go underneath photos.
    Thanks for sharing.


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  4. pamelalford@yahoo.comMarch 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Just looking into the eyes of our great people back in my favorite moment in history civil rights!!

  5. Do you possibly have Ebony Magazine photos from the 40's & 50's by a photographer named Gershwin (Gerschwin)?