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Rex Theatre: 1937

Rex Theatre: 1937

Leland, Mississippi. June 1937. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

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The mouths of babes..

My grand-daughter saw one of these photos and asked me, 'Gran-pa, did people used to come in different colors?', I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Wrong Year?

The movies on the playbills would mark the year as 1935, not 1937.

[That's because the movies are two years old. Not exactly a first-run house. - Dave]

Powerful photo indeed.

Powerful photo indeed.


I wonder what color they were?


It's interesting that the main feature is a Tarzan movie - these were pretty racist, showing the "superior" white man among the "primitive" natives. This story is set in Guatemala, not Africa, so Lord Greystoke gets to show his stuff on a different continent.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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