I went antiquing this weekend (can’t say I say that often) in Brooklyn and found priceless old photographs, only after sifting through probably hundreds of images. It didn’t surprise me that I didn’t come across many images of nonwhite people but it did get kind of exhausting after a while. There were countless pictures of families, friends, and individuals navigating both ordinary and special days, covering a span of life events, down to the minute. But the absence of images of people of color, specifically African Americans, was discouraging. It’s almost as if they were written out of the American family, memory, and citizenship. But I am grateful for these gems that I did manage to find, enjoy:
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Interesting that the family had a non-black woman as the main. Got to be something to that.
Did you purchase these photos? What kind of price would an antique shop place on these?
glad you found the images powerful. I was intrigued by that too! (the maid). Yes, I purchased them. The antique shop I went to had 2 big buckets: 1 filled w/medium to large prints (sold for a dollar each) and the other one w/4×6, polaroid size photos (priced at 4 photos for $1).
Wow, to be able to own pieces of the human experience for next to nothing.
Thanks for sharing.
exactly. It’s important to recover and have these images in our possession so we may keep them alive. and who knows, someone might recognize the subjects as family/relatives. Thanks for reading.
I love this!
it was love at first sight for me too, glad you enjoyed 🙂