Tag Archives: South Carolina

Portrait with Chair, ca. 1910

This dignified portrait of an older African American woman comes from the studio of the photographer Michael Francis Blake in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the records at Duke University, most of his customers were black.  The studio was apparently … Continue reading

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Book Review–A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936

Have you ever stopped to wonder how many photographic records of the past have been lost or destroyed? This book, edited by Thomas L. Johnson and Phillip C. Dunn, is the result of an almost miraculous reclamation. Thousands of glass … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Birdie Parsons, 1944

In my experience, Christmas cards with photos usually depict parents and children, or just the children in the household. This is only the second one I’ve seen showing an older woman alone. I discovered it on the Digital Public Library … Continue reading

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