From the Black History Album via the wonderful blog Of Another Fashion.
Alfred Eisenstadt: Soldier says goodbye at Penn Station, New York 1944
“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born enslaved in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service.
The most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community - [b. 1910 - d. 1985] Vivien Thomas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivien_Thomas
1930’s Teen Delinquents - Someone really needs to make a movie out of this picture!
London, Paddington Station. Children being evacuated by train as bombing raids intensify. Life in London during The Blitz of World War II. 1940.
Young gentleman in his Sunday finery glances at a young woman in a ruffled dotted-swiss dress, as she passes him on the street, Mississippi, 1937. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt
This was a card given to men to advertise houses of prostitution. When men came into town, they were sneakingly given these kinds of cards at the train station up until the 1930s or so.All cities had houses of prostitution,the women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era.It was considered "normal" to have these brothels, they paid taxes etc. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in 1 town the army quarantined "doves" on a river boat.
A beautiful image of a one room school in Fruit Cove, Florida 1880
African American c.1890
Three African American women on their way to take their licensing examination by the Texas State Board of Cosmetology ca. 1940. Photo: Franklin Papers, Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
Squaw with child at train station
A soldier says goodbye to his wife and infant child in Pennsylvania Station before shipping put for service in World War II, New York, New York, 1943.
WILLA BEATRICE BROWN (31 year old African American woman served by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII, first African American woman to receive a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol)
There were a lot of African American cowboys. Some of them very famous in their time. They have been left out of the history books. Biddy Craft
Young African American girls in bathing suits. circa 1920's
Kiss goodbye at New York's Penn Station, WWII
Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.
Jane Bolin was the first black woman judge in the United States. Born April 11, 1908 in Poughkeepsie, New York, Bolin always knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Her father, Gaius Bolin, the first African American graduate of Williams College, practiced law in Poughkeepsie. Bolin graduated from Wellesley College in 1928, and received her law degree from Yale University School of Law in 1931.
Vintage photo of African American flappers courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.