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CultureSOUL: The Black Men - Photographed by Carl Van Vechten c. 1950s-1960s

While primarily known for his stellar early color photographs of African American entertainers, Van Vechten also took portraits of lesser-known or unnamed friends, family and everyday people. For more on his entertainment portraits, another photoset here.  

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CultureSOUL: *Blues & Jazz men* - The Great Migration era (1930s-1940s)

  1. Willie Smith and Fats Waller, 1937. Photo by Charles Peterson
  2. Little Bill Gaither, Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Slim, Chicago, 1940. 
  3. Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill in front of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, N.Y, 1947.
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CultureSOUL: The Black Women of WWII  - Great Migration Era c. 1940s

  1. African American WAVES, U.S. Navy
  2. Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect the first contingent of black members of the WAVES assigned to overseas service in WWII. Source: National Archives
  3. WWII, Black WAVES
  4. WWII women selling at War Bonds booth c. 1940s
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CultureSOUL: Vintage African American Couples (1940s-1960s)

1. High School football game (photo by Wayne Miller) - 1946

2. Couple at a Dance (photo by Diane Arbus) - 1960

3. Muddy Waters & wife Geneva, Chicago (photo by Art Shay) - 1951

4. A Late-night Kiss in Harlem (photo by George S. Zimbel) - 1951