Vintage Black Beauties

Vintage Black Beauties

An archive remixing research project celebrating the beauty of women of the black diaspora in vintage style because I love discovering old pictures that are new to me (and I wanted a place to save them). People don't have to be glamorous or famous to be beautiful.

Photos found on the net. Links provided. Not owned by me.

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Original, early to mid-1890s era cabinet photo of conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy. Most likely while they were on tour in California, this image was taken by photographer Michael A. Wesner of Los Angeles.

Original, early to mid-1890s era cabinet photo of conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy. Most likely while they were on tour in California, this image was taken by photographer Michael A. Wesner of Los Angeles.

Been away dealing with life. Recently went to take this amazing woman to end of life care and found a collection of photographs I’d never seen before.

My grandmother as a child in Washington DC, 1935 with her grandmother on left, brother, and a family friend.

Been away dealing with life. Recently went to take this amazing woman to end of life care and found a collection of photographs I’d never seen before.

My grandmother as a child in Washington DC, 1935 with her grandmother on left, brother, and a family friend.

Mid-century: The Gold Digger Baby Dolls, pictured in 1942; the costumes spread within decades into the city’s respectable African-American neighborhoods. The tradition is enjoying a modern resurgence

Mid-century: The Gold Digger Baby Dolls, pictured in 1942; the costumes spread within decades into the city’s respectable African-American neighborhoods. The tradition is enjoying a modern resurgence

Image Folder 34: Elizabeth White Brown: Dance Department: Scan 1 Citation [Identification of item], in the North Carolina Central University Faculty and Staff Photograph Records, 1910-2005, University Archives, Records and History Center in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University.

Image Folder 34: Elizabeth White Brown: Dance Department: Scan 1 Citation [Identification of item], in the North Carolina Central University Faculty and Staff Photograph Records, 1910-2005, University Archives, Records and History Center in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University.

Image Folder 18: Valeria B.Berry: Counselor and First Resident Directress in Chidley Hall Dormitory for Men: Scan 8, in the North Carolina Central University Faculty and Staff Photograph Records, 1910-2005, University Archives, Records and History Center in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University.

Image Folder 18: Valeria B.Berry: Counselor and First Resident Directress in Chidley Hall Dormitory for Men: Scan 8, in the North Carolina Central University Faculty and Staff Photograph Records, 1910-2005, University Archives, Records and History Center in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University.

A country divided: Stunning photographs capture the lives of ordinary Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south

A country divided: Stunning photographs capture the lives of ordinary Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south

Augusta Savage with one of her sculptures, ca. 1938. From the collection of the Archives of American Art

Augusta Savage with one of her sculptures, ca. 1938. From the collection of the Archives of American Art

People on street corner watching marchers Selma To Montgomery Civil Rights March, March 24-26, 1965

People on street corner watching marchers

Selma To Montgomery Civil Rights March, March 24-26, 1965

Photograph of Zora Smoking taken by Robert Cook, or Stetson Kennedy. Cross City, Florida. 1939.

Photograph of Zora Smoking taken by Robert Cook, or Stetson Kennedy. Cross City, Florida. 1939.

Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston (center) and friends, taken outside her home in Fort Pierce, FL ca 1959

Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston (center) and friends, taken outside her home in Fort Pierce, FL ca 1959