The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Like Family: 1951

Like Family: 1951

1951, somewhere in the Southeast. "Negro maids and their white employers' babies." Photo by John Vachon for a Look magazine assignment on "The South" in what could have been a prologue to "The Help." View full size.

Mississippi 1957

My mother has a picture of a friend's 4th birthday party. All the white kids are sitting in their party dresses in a row with their black nurses in uniforms directly behind them. I found it interesting that the nurses were included in the picture, I doubt they got cake and ice cream.

The Help

This scene is right out of a page from Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help.

To Savannah

Yes, my father--who grew up in the deep South--always considered it deeply ironic that our racist relatives didn't mind having their food prepared by black cooks, their babies kissed by black nannies, and their beds made by black maids but recoiled in horror at the idea of sharing a doorway or a water fountain with these same people. I would give a lot to know what happened to the four people in the above photo in later years.

Juxtaposition

With the rampant racism existing in the country at the time of this picture, it's amazing that parents gave their babies over to be cared for by black workers. There's something so ironic about that.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.