New York: 1950s.
Hardcover. Oblong quarto. Measuring 12" x 9". Black faux leather three-ring photo album. Contains 91 sepia-toned or black and white gelatin silver photographs and 19 color photographs measuring between 3.5" x 3.5" and 3" x 5", without captions. Very good album with short tears and edgewear with near fine photographs.
A photo album kept by an African-American woman, Juanita Arrington from Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s. The photos show Juanita and her friends vacationing on a New York beach in fashionable bathing costumes. Juanita is seen in candid images in cheesecake pinup-style poses. She is also seen at home washing dishes and in one photo reading *Ebony* magazine. One section of photos shows Juanita at a dance in a fancy dress with friends who are later seen singing at a party. It seems likely that the photographer was a boyfriend of Juanita’s as they are taken of her in bathing suits and pretty dresses posed around her home, by cars, and on vacations. She is seen beautifully posed on a chair, sassily talking on the phone, and in one image smiling and holding up a towel before her. The final pages are of photos taken by Juanita of her boyfriend and include candids of him sleeping on the couch, also seated on the beach, and in a suit and hat posed on a bench.
A nice collection of 1950s photography centered around a young African-American woman.