10 Must See Photos from the 1950s
- Marijuana plant in Van Nuys, California jail. Officer F.G. Plamonden gapes at blooming plant of marijuana. Officers wonder what goes on with the plant. Cops later found out that it was sent to Valley Division to be in a lecture on narcotics, 1951
- Kicking it with the cool kids - photographer Jean Depara’s photos of life in Kinshasa, Africa in the early 1950s
- Pablo Picasso has fun playing Popeye, 1957
- Marilyn Monroe kicks a ball at Ebbets Field, New York, 1957
- Miss New Zealand collapses during the Miss Universe pageant, 1954
- Kisses and shiny new dimes given out to anyone who appeared “optimistic” in downtown Santa Monica during the Optimist Week celebration, 1951
- A woman demonstrates shoes equipped with spurs and other sharp metal objects for fighting off men and their unwanted advances, 1956
- Men in full make up enjoying a meal together, 1950s
- A rare look into Lucy and Dezi’s home in the 1950s
- Taking a train ride on the real Orient Express as passengers eat in the dining car, 1950s
john quincy adams was the first US president to grant a personal interview to a female reporter, and the only reason he allowed it was because the reporter (anne royall) caught him skinny dipping in the potomac, sat on his clothes, and refused to let him get dressed until he answered her questions and if you dont think that’s one of the coolest stories of early US society then idk what to tell you
if u ever get disheartened just remember people in the 19th Century were painting hot Napoleon/Tsar Alexander boyfriend yowz before our great-grandparents were even conceived
Ancient Egypt was not a mixed society.
Ancient Egypt was PITCHED BLACK until the 7th century AD, when Indo Aryans called Arabs invaded from Central Asia.
For 99 percent of Egyptian history, Egypt was as BLACK as Nigeria, as BLACK as Congo, and as BLACK as Senegal.
King Tut was a dark skinned black man,
Queen Tiye was a beautiful and EXTREMELY dark skinned woman.
Hatshepsut was also very very very dark skinned.
Even during the Ptolemaic period of Kemet, the Egyptians were primarily African.
The fact that the most advanced civilization of human history was composed primarily of Black People is the most annoying and frustrating thing to white supremacist historians today.
except for the fact ancient Egypt was in fact a mixed society at some point
okay children let’s gather around the campfire because former Classics major Jocelyn is going to tell you the very basics of race in Egypt
imma keep it brief
so there were a few different periods of Egyptian time periods (the Early Dynastic Period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, the Late Period and a few intermediate periods before Alexander the Great (who was Greek) began his campaign his and basically took over the majority of the world and started the Ptolemaic period in Egypt but this wasn’t until like 332 BC and the Early Dynastic Period started in 3100 BC just so y’all can get some perspective.
The three great pyramids, Narmer who united Upper and Lower Egypt and King Tut etc. all came before the Ptolemaic period and therefore were African it’s not up for debate these are facts.
BUT, Egypt, Greece, Rome. Persia and pretty much all of the ancient world including ancient Egypt was never 100% black or white etc. These were all mixed. All these places traded and interacted with each other and at certain points some places conquered other places. And it wasn’t a black/white thing it was a “I’m a Nubian, I’ an Egyptian, I’m Greek..” thing.
Just like y’all will fight tooth and nail to prove there were black people in Ancient Rome and Greece that played important roles in those societies (which is a fact and which is something you should try to teach others about that) but y’all can’t just rewrite history to better suit pro-black propaganda. The history of black people in ancient mediterranean is a proud one and we have no reason to lie. You ain’t gotta lie craig. Terence and Septimius Severus was outchea holding it down for us.
Furthermore color prejudice wasn’t that big during ancient times. I’m not 100% it even existed tbh. I wasn’t there so I can’t tell you but I can tell you it didn’t really hold people back from doing. Obviously when archeological research was being done in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s white people were trying to downplay Africa’s involvement in anything that was contrary to popular belief that black people did not exist until 1620. But we’re not going to disprove lies by spreading more lies when we have this fascinating history to be uncovered. So enough with the bullshit
On this “the Egyptians were very very very dark.” Um no. You can go to Nigeria right now and see people 100% Africa and their skintones range from dark as the night sky to deep mahogany. My grandmother was biracial and I’m often mistaken for being 100% African, Black people have variation in their skin colors. Some were dark and some were light and if you look at art from any of the time periods you can see an array of skintones
And while I have your attention can we please stop sleeping on the kingdoms of West Africa in favor of Egyptians. Like most African Americans come from West Africa and we have a history that is pretty much ignored. The richest person of all time was the King of Mali. Musa I with a net worth of 400 billion. And he acquired this wealth during Europe’s dark ages but no let’s sit here and argue about Cleopatra VII’s nose for the 40 time