Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I'm really fascinated by this one. To start with, it is, as the title of the post states, a fragment. It 's cut from a larger picture. It was so faded, that I abandoned my usual attempts to get a scan that looked as much like the original as possible, and went the opposite direction, trying to dig out as much detail as was there. So what did I get? It looks like a black woman in the fifties, surrounded by white men, walking along, not just carrying a newspaper, but displaying one. I know that the headline may be about an air show, but I think this could be a photo of some sort of civil rights demonstration. The front page of that newspaper may also have a story about a lunch counter sit in, attempts to register black voters, or perhaps even a lynching. I know it's easy to read things into photos that aren't there. That's part of the fun of collecting old photos. But, I'm standing by that guess.