One of the greatest fallacies about history is the belief that what is commonly presented to us as our past is somehow a complete history. Somehow, the realities that millions of Americans lived were white-washed from history books and often do not return. B. Vikki Vintage's blog is valuable in that it reminds us that the American experience was broad and all-encompassing.
These students are walking to a Negro College Aid function, while still fashionable. Love the dress on the right.
I have nothing to say but: bad-ass.
Back when homecoming was an event.
This scene took my breath away. It belongs in a Turner Classic Movie.
At some point, petticoats came back in style.
We even had pulp comics (which I am now obsessed with).
Some things never go out of style. I'd put this on and happily walk out the door.
This type of pose - allowing the fabric to billow around the body - was super popular. It appears in many of the homecoming photos on the B. Vikki vintage site.
The caption reads "What a difference a year makes!" As we transitioned from the 50s into the 60s, the Afro began to be a popular hair style option.
Her look is part-Mod, part-Twiggy, all fabulous.
Fixed up and looking sharp in suits, gloves, and heels.
And of course, Coca-Cola got in on the action.
Sarah Vaughn was doing her thing.
And so was Dinah Washington.
All this happened while women were working on breaking down barriers in all aspects of life.
And while we were fighting segregation.
As Restructure puts it so well: "People of colour are not a story of suffering . . . Or resistance. We are multifaceted."
What is important to remember that only by finding all the pieces will we, as Americans, have a clear understanding of our whole history. There are many people who were here, living, breathing, loving, dancing - and their stories have been deemed unimportant. I'm most familiar with African-American history, but there is also an Asian American History, a Latin American history, an Indigenous history - all of which overlapped with popular culture and helped to create our American tapestry. To be written out of history is one thing - to do so in a way that the contributions of others are completely forgotten is another. As Threadbared points out, there's still so much more to find.