Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Crisis

Portrait of a woman for The Crisis, 1913, Miles Webb. Miles Webb worked as a photographer in Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1900s. An advertisement in a 1912 issue of The Crisis promoted Webb's School of Photography, with amateur, intermediate, and professional courses. A 1913 advertisement read: "Webb, Chicago's Photographer. I specialize in every phase of artistic picture taking." The Crisis is still in publication. It pays to be curious. Amazon has photos from 1911! The covers are beautiful. The women? Oh, the women. And the men. And the stories. The ads are . . . You decide.

The original Crisis Magazine published reader comments in a section called "The Letter Box." I tell you, the more things change the more they stay the same. I hear/read some of those same comments today. SMH in wonder.

Thank you, Pamela! I like my postcard. There is nothing superfluous about it, but it spoke to me. It made me wonder. The figures in the background reminded me of the lunch counter sit-ins. I never could figure out how a person of color could cook the food, yet people of color could not sit and eat it. We traveled a lot when I was growing up, moving from post to post. My father was adamant about not eating at places that had signs that said "White Only." It was the same when signs directed people of color to the back of an eatery for service. Betty and I should have been malnourished children during those moves, because too often we passed a lot of eateries; we "starved" for miles on end sometimes, before we ate. Bless Mama's heart. She couldn't pack very many snacks that wouldn't spoil back then. But she tried. Pops taught us by example. He done good.

I read an interesting story this evening. A mother sued for her daughter's civil rights; the child is being discriminated against, simply because she is transgendered. At age six. I am willing to bet Dr. King and all the righteous who fought the same battle for civil rights, never imagined he or they were fighting a fight that would reach so far into the future. Here I am, still trying to understand . . .

This is obviously the back. Great composition, Pam. The apple and the green Mrs. Parks wears draw the eye, as do the reds. Very good. This took me back to school. Thank you. I appreciate your gift. 


  1. Love the mail art on your blog.I wanted to now if it is ok to share my mail art with you. Im new at mail art and I havnt created a blog yet.


    1. Hey, and welcome. I enjoy mail art. You don't need a blog to be strut your stuff, but I look forward to being invited to check it out when you decide to go for it. So, please, share your creative self with me. :) Thanks for asking.

  2. Limner--happy you like the card -- two more are on the way to you...and FYI it is Pamela (not that other....)
    Oh--and your dad was right. How horrible to see signs like not support those establishments for sure!

    1. Hey Pamela. Not that other. Thanks! I look forward to whatever is headed my way.

      About my dad. It's funny how we never talked about those times. At least I remembered some of those lessons. :) Had he lectured, I might have rolled my eyes. :) Not likely, but I can pretend.