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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Rare slave photo discovered in England from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s home in Virginia. Photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family, along with two girls.

Rare slave photo discovered in England from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s home in Virginia. Photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family, along with two girls.

Negro woman dipping snuff while watching them make sorghum syrup at Cane Mill, on Wes Chris’ property near Carr, Orange County, North Carolina. See general notes on subregion, September 28, 1939

Negro woman dipping snuff while watching them make sorghum syrup at Cane Mill, on Wes Chris’ property near Carr, Orange County, North Carolina. See general notes on subregion, September 28, 1939

Skimming the boiling cane juice to make sorghum syrup at cane mill near Carr, Orange County, North Carolina Photographer Marion Post Wolcott Created September 1939 Location Carr, Orange, North Carolina

Skimming the boiling cane juice to make sorghum syrup at cane mill near Carr, Orange County, North Carolina Photographer Marion Post Wolcott Created September 1939 Location Carr, Orange, North Carolina

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.

My mom and her siblings in Miami, 1965

My mom and her siblings in Miami, 1965

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