Black people and Dress, 1940s

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Black people and Dress, 1940s. I am a proponent of citing sources - the photos lose their significance & relevance when there is no context to my mind. Attempts to date the photos using costume history is helpful. My thanks to the Toronto Vintage Society and to my friends in the Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance, as well as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism for their assistance. Images displayed here are not owned by the poster and shown here for educational purposes.

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Sharp dressed couple sitting for a full length portrait shot taken at the Daisy Studio. Memphis, TN, 1942. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album.

Bonnie & Clyde, 1942

Sharp dressed couple sitting for a full length portrait shot taken at the Daisy Studio (note strategically placed sign bottom right). Memphis, TN, 1942. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

Midnight Train to Georgia | 1942 A group of African American women waiting for their trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, 1942. Sepia tone (original b). by Black History Album, via Flickr

Midnight Train to Georgia | 1942

A group of African American women waiting for their trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, 1942. Sepia tone (original b&w). Find Us On Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Flickr

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Lucille Baldwin Brown

Local call number: N047184 Title: Lucille Baldwin Brown Date: ca. 1940s General note: She was born on Suwannee Street in Smokey Hollow community to Mr. and Mrs. Dallis Baldwin (who cofounded St. John now New St. John Church). Lucille was the first black public county librarian. Physical descrip: 1 photonegative - b&w - 5 x 4 in. Series Title: General collection Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700…

American soldiers in France, World War II

1940's African American Bathing Beauties

1940's African American Swimsuit Babes

Vintage 1940's photo .Measures 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.Has minor wear

Photobooth Portrait of a Girl, ca 1940

Photobooth Portrait of a Girl, ca 1940

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1947

Queens Of Vintage

Wonderful 1940s beach style

Beech-Nut girl in Harlem. 1940's.

Beech-Nut girl in Harlem. 1940's.

Boy shopping with his mother on Ninth Ave. New York, 1938. By Morris Engel

Boy shopping with his mother on Ninth Ave. New York, 1938. By Morris Engel

[Jack Delano / FSA / OWI / Library of Congress]

Historic Images of African-American Life During the Depression - Photo Essays

Photographs from the Farm Security Administration which collected and kept a record of American life between 1935-1944

Bridal Party, 1940s

Bridal Party, 1940s

Students use microscopes at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla., February 1943  Photo by Gordon Parks/Library of Congress

Rare, Moving Photos of Black Life During the 1930s and ’40s

The New Deal, a series of experimental projects and programs implemented during President Franklin Roosevelt's presidency in the 1930s, was designed to...