Black American Women during WW2

Happy holidays everyone! I'm enjoying my days off so much, I have to make myself come online! 


One of the things I don't have many memories of is old photographs of Black Americans from the 30s, 40s 50s (outside of my own family album that is!). Back when I was a kid (oh my, I sound old!) we didn't have the internet and it was rare that Black kids saw photos of Black people in books and magazines...let alone from the Roaring 20s or the 30s - 50s. You'd have to spend some time in the library and that wasn't likely because you had to be there for homework projects - who wanted to stay after that was all said and done? So, as an adult, I like seeing searching for photos of Black Americans from time to time checking out what was goin' on way back when. I stumbled upon these photos and was amazed that such great photographs of Black women in the military were archived. I see men all time time but hardly any women. Nice job archives.gov! 


These really made me smile. Hope they make you smile as well!


 









Photo Credit: www.archives.gov

~The Retro Natural

11 comments:

Bespoke Biddie said...

thanks for this love

Sunnie
(.=

NoLongerSilent said...

The photos were cool! Thanks for sharing.

Ava said...

Great Pictures....inspiring blog...I'd love to see more vintage black women

The Shocking Pink Seamstress said...

Amazing!

JuliN said...

Awesome! Thanks for posting this.

Desiree said...

I found the fifth photo last year and posted it on my blog. I know exactly what you mean. It's so nice to see people of color in these old photos because, duh, we were there.

thnidu said...

Oh, well done! by the photographers, the archivists, and you! :-)

weddedwife said...

oh my gosh this made me soo happy :)

Shelley J said...

YOU need to come to the LA air Raid!!

http://www.facebook.com/events/336181169726045/
help me represent! I was I think one of 3 black people there!

The Retro Natural said...

@ Shelley, damn, I fudged up and missed this..I wanna go next time! :( Gotta represent!

The Retro Natural said...

@ Desiree, yeah, I have these moments where I'm like duh, we were around, why aren't we depicted? Rhetorical question of course 'cause we know the answer but still..grr!