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Pure and Simple: 1958

Pure and Simple: 1958

Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958, in the midst of that city's school integration crisis. No caption or photographer credit, but the picture tells the story. View full size.

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That MGA sure would stand out in Little Rock in 1958! Could not have been very many of them around there.

Agree with your comment Dave - could that be revisionist history?

British witness

In the background, witness to this dismaying display, is an MG MGA sports car. Its distinctive front end is visible through the windscreen of the car festooned with the odd notion of what education should all be about.

Everything is not as it seems

My father was in the Arkansas National Guard during this, and my Aunt was a student at Central High School while this was going on. They both commented that while the basic facts of the situation were mostly as stated, most of the media accounts, pictures, film, were exaggerated, setups, or outright fakes. The media paid people to make banners like the ones above, among many other frauds. Not that they weren't willing but what actually showed up on TV or in the newspaper was not really the way it was.

[To suggest that "most of" the many thousands of news photos documenting the events of the late 1950s in Little Rock were set up or fake, or that these people were paid (by whom -- CBS News? Life magazine? The New York Times?) to make their signs, is ridiculous. - Dave]

Very, very cute...

the MG A, that is.


I believe the car is a low-end 1957 Mercury. As for the politics, no comment necessary.

Now with cheerleader

Ironic that this is in black AND white.

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