Wednesday, May 25, 2016

School Days

No, I don't know for sure that this is school photo, but the building has that institutional feel, and there is a bell on the wall that sure looks like the one that made my life miserable at my high school.

What's interesting to me is that this photo includes two black women.  It' true that only the southern states had Jim Crow laws, but it's also true that when this picture was taken, different races didn't hang out a lot, and while things have improved over the years....well, I live in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities on the planet, and when I wander around the area, what I see is a world that's still pretty separate.

And for the record, California never had Jim Crow, but it did have restrictive real estate covenants.  In a nut shell, real estate developers had their customers sign agreements that forbade them from selling their new homes to non approved groups.  Blacks, of course, Hispanics, Asians, and Jews were the most frequently targeted groups for exclusion.   Ronald Reagan, when he first ran for governor, had three main issues, lower taxes, ending free higher education, and the preservation of restrictive real estate covenants.  Two successes and one failure.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Women At Sea

I purchased this one here, in southern California, so there's a good chance that this photo was taken on the run to Catalina Island.  There was a time when there was  passenger service between Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Mexico.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'd love to get a coastal steamer to the Bay Area.  Driving, the train, or flying all work fine, but sitting on the deck of a ship would be a great way to get around.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Watching the Boys

I was born in 1955 and finished my education well before Title IX came along.  My high school had football, basketball, track, cross country and gymnastics for the boys, and basketball for the girls.  We had a little league field in town, but back then little league was for boys only.  We had a municipal pool that opened early on weekends for adult lap swimming, but that was for men only.  The local Elks Club had a golf course that any member could use, but the members were all men.  Wives could hit from the ladies tee, but only male guests could play.  In other words, girls spent more time watching their boyfriends play sports than playing themselves.   I've was never in the crowd of girls sitting at court side or the edge of the field, so I have no idea what they talked about.  Their boyfriends, something else,  or how unfair it was that they didn't get to play.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Party In Europe?

This one's printed on Agfa paper, it looks like it's from the late fifties to early sixties, so I'm guessing that this photo is from Europe.  Maybe Germany or the Netherlands.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


It took my best magnifying glass to make it out, a single word on the one ladies paper hat.  "WARD"  It's not a term used much anymore, but there was a time when every person in the United States knew what a ward healer was.  In the days of on the ground machine politics, a ward healer solved peoples problems, found them jobs and medical care in return for party loyalty.  Sure, it was considered corrupt. but it was a hell of a lot better than the machine politics of today, as party leaders bend over backward to do favors for big donors while the rest of us get forgotten.

Monday, May 16, 2016

One Short of Twenty

 I did note that I would be posting photographs of women for awhile, and there are lots of women in this picture.  Nineteen to be exact.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Girls Goofing Around

The name "Marianne Hoover" is written below that arrow.  I don't know why, but when I include white boarders in the scan it seems to make the image a bit more yellow than it actually is, so I don't scan boarders unless I've no choice.  Anyway, I think the saddle shoes make them look like high schoolers, though I could be wrong.