Black Style in the 1920s

Black Style in the 1920s board created by Kristine Maitland . I am a proponent of citing sources when possible - to my mind the photos lose their significance & relevance when there is no context. My thanks to the Toronto Vintage Society, the Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance, as well as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism for their assistance. Images displayed here are not owned by the poster and shown here for educational purposes.
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The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the University of Pennsylvania’s first Black sorority, 1921.

Gamma Chapter Charter 1918 (University of Pennslyvania) Members: Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Virginia Margaret Alexander, Esther Butler King, Julia Mae Polk and Pauline Alice Young

When Cape Verdeans Maria Roderiques and Josefino Lopes Cabral were married in 1928 in Nantucket, MA, they had to settle for a rectory wedding. As people of color, they were not allowed to be married in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Isle Church. 24 years later, their daughter Norma married Albert Teixeira. Theirs was the first Cape Verdean wedding allowed in the Cathedral. (Source: Nantucket Historical Association)

Maria and Josefino, 1928 Nantucket, Massachusetts From photo source: When Maria [Gibian] Roderiques and Josefino Lopes Cabral were married in as “colored people” they had to settle for a rectory.

Studio portrait of African American siblings taken by JohnTrlica, a Czech photographer and community leader in Granger, Texas. His studio portraits of African-American, Hispanic and Czech area residents, reflect the diversity of the small Texas town during the 1920s.

Brother Sisters I Jno P. Trlica was a Czech photographer and community leader in Granger, Texas. His studio portraits of African-American, Hispanic and Czech area residents, reflect the diversity of the small Texas town during the

Friends of Sadie T. M. Alexander ( Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) Taken at the University of Pennsylvania in 1921

Friends of Sadie T. Alexander (First National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) Taken at the University of Pennsylvania in 1921

historicallyblack: “ Tartt family photo, 1928, West Virginia. Photo courtesy of the Tartt Family. “This picture taken in the Spring of 1928 is of my grandmother, Lucy Tartt, grandfather, Simmie Tartt,...

Photo courtesy of the Tartt Family. “This picture taken in the Spring of 1928 is of my grandmother, Lucy Tartt,.

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+  Beautiful, cheerful, young woman 1920

She is the essence of beautiful innocence. Girls w/ Pearls: Elizabeth Kyle-Hardy, 1920 Attributed name: Browder Studios Date Created: 1920

This is a found photograph from an antique shop in Georgia. There’s no identifying information but the donor estimates the image was taken sometime in the 1920s. Submitted by Lisa Henderson (Atlanta, Georgia).

This is a found photograph from an antique shop in Georgia. There’s no identifying information but the donor estimates the image was taken sometime in the Submitted by Lisa Henderson (Atlanta, Georgia).

Vintage Photo African American Black Couple, Bridge, Arms Round Each Other 1920s

Ada "Bricktop" Smith (far left) seated with ladies at table. 1920

Ada "Bricktop" Smith (far left) seated with ladies at table. From New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Front cover of Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, July 1926  Bennett, Gwendolyn, 1902-1981 (Artist)

Front cover of Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, July 1926 Bennett, Gwendolyn, (Artist)

Bridal party of Mae Walker, adopted daughter of A'Lelia Walker, consisting of the matron of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girls.

Bridal party of Mae Walker, adopted daughter of A'Lelia Walker, consisting of the matron of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girls

The Ideal Tea Room at 3344 South Michigan Avenue; Mrs. Mayme Lee Clinkscale, proprietress.  Taitt, John (Author) from Souvenir of Negro progress: Chicago, 1779-1925.  Date Issued: 1925;Place Term: Chicago Publisher: De Saible Assoc.

The Ideal Tea Room at 3344 South Michigan Avenue; Taitt, John (Author) from Souvenir of Negro progress: Chicago, Date Issued: Term: Chicago Publisher: De Saible Assoc.

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