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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Black and White: 1958

Black and White: 1958

"African American high school girl being educated via television during the period that the Little Rock (Arkansas) schools were closed to avoid integration." September 1958. View full size. Photograph by Thomas J. O'Halloran, USNWR.

 

A wonderful strobe

...flashing into a creepy-crawly, dank cellar corner of US sociological history. It's shots like this that will keep revisionists from doing to the Civil Rights era what they are trying to do for the Holocaust.

1958 Television

That is the PERFECT fifties TV set! Almost surreally cartoon-like.

 
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