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2011-11-04 20:53:19
Stunning shot, fantastic detail and works great in black & white.
2011-01-13 19:03:48
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2010-11-22 00:57:10
By Dorothea Lange
2010-11-21 23:45:07
Compare its current image by google earth this store still stands on its stones of maybe 100 year old wow google. A pakistani person.
2010-11-21 23:38:20
2010-08-23 16:06:47
Another story I think is worth grandfather, who lived I'm guessing from around 1875 to 1960, truly believed that Negroes were an inferior race. He was, after all, a product of that time, born while there were still many ex-slaves alive in the south. When he and Dr. George Washington Carver were both speaking at the same event and were seated on the dais, Dr. Carver pulled his chair back a few feet behind the white speakers. Grandpa said the man had such humility that his ego didn't require him to prove anything to anybody and that the gesture was one of respect. Grandpa went on to say that there wasn't a more intelligent or finer man on that dais that day, nor one for whom he had greater respect. The paradox of his racial prejudice while holding such enormous respect for the individual taught me very early on that nothing is black and white, much less race relations.
2010-08-23 15:56:58
You're so right...and that's who remain bigoted to this day. Not too many years ago, Oprah came to Forsyth County, Georgia (a notoriously all white county and proud of it). One toothless redneck stood up in the audience and magnanimously told her that he "wouldn't mind" a Negro like her living next door. The irony of his being about as low on the social scale as one can be and her being a world famous billionaire escaped him.
2010-08-23 14:53:47
It sounds as if your family was what Blacks used to call 'quality white folks,' thegrrrr8, and among that strata of southern society attitudes were typically more liberal. The cross burning whites who hated Negroes were usually those whose lower social status put them in more direct economic competition with Blacks. The system allowed whites on the very bottom of the white social hierarchy to still feel superior to Blacks, even if the white man was a filling station attendent with a 4th grade education and an IQ the same as his hat size, and the Black man held a masters degree and was a school principal. And "Help" is a great read..Kathryn Stockett..a work of fiction but very much based in the reality of Jackson, Mississippi in the old days of strict segregation.
2010-08-23 13:33:44
They did go on...history is full of them. But, as always, it is the most horrific and negative of events that makes the news. I remember as a little girl, woe be it to the kid who sassed or failed to show respect to any of the help. We had to pick our own switches and were fairly paraded around the yard getting hard licks to the back of our legs. Back in the day, there was certainly no retirement for the help, but my mother's family continued to pay wages and doctor bills and whatever else was needed as long as their help lived, for many years after they had stopped working. I hesitate to recommend it because it is SO one-sided, but a book that I really enjoyed reading recently was The Help, purportedly about maids in the sixties in some southern town. The voice of the black women is rich and wonderful, as long as you remember that it's a story that neglects to highlight the many whites who were good and decent and generous to their help. (It's even better in audio.) It's good to remember that as many pick-ax wielding mutants as there were in the south, that there were many more decent whites, including mayors and leaders in the community, who supported and facilitated desegregation.
2010-08-23 11:46:19
People from the Dakotas making fun of anybody is, in itself, amusing. You know what General Custer's last words were reputed to have been ? "At least we won't have to go back through South Dakota." And Archie, I'd rather not tell you the exact name of town I grew up in, but I will tell you that it was a little college town in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Most people think of Texas as cowboys and wide open spaces, but East Texas is woods and farms and in most ways, including its culture and social structure, indistinguishable from Arkansas, Alabama or Georgia. And I started grade-school in the late 1940's.
2010-08-23 11:01:24
Thank you patito also for your comment. I knew about the segregation re schools, drinking fountains, buses, restaurants, etc. but you made it much more real. Based on the above two comments, it tells me that individuals had different types of relationships with each other - some blacks/whites had positive interaction with each other; for some it was negative. But on the whole there was still a lot of ignorance and prejudice. I encountered prejudice in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I was dating a law student there. Him and I along with his student friends went to a dance at the Elks Club where the Ink Spots (black singing group) were entertaining. The comments I heard at the table were shocking. I felt very uncomfortable. They then started to make deragatory remarks about French Canadians - which is what I am. Yet those people were not from the South, and they were educated! On the funny side - when I told some co-workers what happened that weekend - some said that was expected "These North Dakotans are just a bunch of crazy Vikings". A lot of immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Iceland settled in North Dakota at the beginning of the 20th century - followed later by Germans, Irish etc.
2010-08-23 10:36:56
Thank you very much for your comment. I enjoyed reading it immensely. I would love to read more about those relationships. Growing up in Canada, we just heard about the negative things - the lynchings and cruelty to blacks.
2010-08-23 07:51:43
My family grew up in south Georgia. My granddad had a dairy farm and employed lots of blacks. There was always a cook and a washer woman and someone to clean the house, plus men who worked the dairy and did odd jobs. I can tell you this much -- while they did not dine at the table with the family (remember, this was barely fifty or sixty years after slaves were freed and I'm guessing it was a hard pill to swallow for former slave owners and their offspring to accept former possessions as equals), the help were respected and, in many cases, loved. My mother held up her wedding until someone went home to fetch Ernest, the yardman. He donned a dough-face mask and played Santa to the children at Christmas and he was loved and revered as much as any family member. I still have his photo, something that my mother cherished while she was alive. There were plenty of profound inter-racial friendships, but the times dictated that they were not *social* in nature. That certainly doesn't diminish the fact that many relationships between blacks and whites in the south were, in fact, good and nurturing ones. (And, to be honest, many were not.)
2010-08-23 07:51:43
where was the town you grew up in, patito,and when were you in grade school ?
2010-08-22 09:43:48
BTW: this was taken by Dorthea Lange in Gordontown, North Carolina, in 1939 .
2010-08-22 08:00:25
Friendships did exist between Blacks and whites in the south but the realities of apartied were always present. Nearly everything was segregated: residential neigborhoods, schools and movie theatres. In a lumber yard or hardware store a Negro might receive almost equal treatmernt, but many clothing stores or shoe stores wouldn't let black custmers try on clothes or shoes. In the little town I grew up in there was not a single cafe or restaurant where a Black person could expect to be seated and served , though there was often a window or door on the side or behind the place where they might purchase food to go. Blacks might buy gas at a filling station just like anyone else, but were expected to use separate drinking fountains and restrooms. In my entire childhood and youth I never, not once, was in a school or a class with a Negro child. I didn't have a Black class-mate until I entered UT in the mid-sixties. So although Blacks and whites in the old south were around each other a good bit and often in close physical proximity, each race maintained its own social system and social hierarchy, its own schools, and churches. The roles and limitations were well understood by everyone, and when not complied with or accepted, the norms were enforced by physical force and violence or the threat of violence. When change did come it was often accompanied by force and resisted by force. And things did change and are still changing, and most of us hope things will continue to change...but the south is still the south. William Faulkner said that in the south not only is the past not dead, it isn't even past.
2010-08-22 05:53:02
and you're sub-human - the dregs of society
2010-08-22 05:52:20
Knowing the history of blacks and whites in the American south, I would say that the shopkeeper may not have had a friendship with blacks; it was business. His store was probably in a predominantly black area; he depended on them as customers. I would be interested to hear what Patito and other Americans have to say.
2010-08-22 04:31:17
I LOVE this shot!!
2009-06-07 10:21:28
porch monkeys 4 vote(s) written by: WC at 2008-01-21 23:22:05 reply to this: For the time (1939) It's a Wonderfull Shot...I See NO Monkeys There. I see....FRIENDSHIP. Navy-Guy
2008-01-23 12:16:53
It sure is. In the good old days of above ground tanks, a valve opened a line so that the glass globe was filled by gravity. Gallon measurements were on the glass. Another valve emptied the globe into the car or container by gravity as well. Technically there was no pumping, but a few gas stations in NC still use these. Gas was 10 cents a gallon in those days.
2008-01-22 22:55:48
.. is that thing that says Texaco a gas pump? Wow.
2008-01-22 08:37:03
I love these old antique photos. I always wonder about what kind of lives they led.
2008-01-22 07:22:05
porch monkeys
2008-01-21 22:36:09
what a beautiful picture of black & white harmony! in a picture, and between people too!