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The Outsiders: 1939

The Outsiders: 1939

January 1939. "Bar in Belle Glade, Florida, for Negroes." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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You just knew

That's how my mother (4 years old and living about 150 miles north of here at the time) would have explained how you'd know who could go where in those days.

B&W Photography

Perhaps the good doctor specialized in irony?

Back alley surgery

No thanks.

Sunny Day

Shade makes it the best place to be in the Florida sun. Somewhere to sit makes it even better.

Not getting it

I don't see any signs outside. How was the person walking by to know that a given establishment was for whites or blacks? Or would that have been inside? I'm really wondering this for a lot of the pictures coming from the Jim Crow era south.

Or maybe it is obvious, and I would have made a terrible segregationist. I'm fine with that.

[Marion Wolcott spent months hanging with the brothers and sisters down South, taking more than 1,100 photos in Florida alone. I suspect she knew what she was talking about. - Dave]

No doubt she did. I'm just becoming very aware that Jim Crow appears to have been, at least on the "black" side of the equation, a lot more subtle than I'd have guessed.

For Negroes?

I must be missing something here. Is there a sign or any indication this is negro only?

Mislabeled

The white guys wouldn't go anywhere hear a black bar in inland Florida in those days!

Because the music is better there

That's my theory.

"For Negroes"?

Why are all those white fellas standing out front then?

[Because they're not black. - Dave]

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