Wednesday, October 5, 2016

James E. Jackson, Jr. - Richmond born Civil Rights activist.

James E. Jackson Jr., (1914-2007) a civil rights activist, former official of the American Communist Party and defendant in a case that led the Supreme Court to rule that the Smith Act of 1940 did not prohibit the advocacy of violent revolution, was a Richmond native.  I just came across this very nice feature article by Samantha Willis about him published in the June 28, 2016 issue of Richmond Magazine

There is also an obit from the New York Times.  This is an "appreciation" from the online of the Communist Part  by Jarvis Tyner and Sam Webb. 

- Ray.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Richmond from Manchester - stereoview by D.H. Anderson, Richmond, Virginia, 1870s.

This stereoview card by D. H. Anderson of Richmond, Virginia is currently for sale on Ebay.  The view of Richmond is looking across the James river from Manchester. Great image.

- Ray

Richmond Planet images from Library of Congress ca 1899

From the American Memory website of the Library of Congress I noticed some time ago that they had these three images associated with the Richmond Planet, the most successful African American newspaper in Richmond of the late 19th and early 20th century.  It ran from 1883 to 1938.  The image above is labeled as "People posed on porch of and in the Planet newspaper publishing house, Richmond, Virginia" and given the date ca. 1899.

The image above is labeled on the Library of Congress site
as "Composing room of the Planet newspaper, Richmond, Virginia" ca. 1899.

 The third and last image from the Library of Congress website of Richmond Planet
images is labeled by them as "Press room of the Planet newspaper, Richmond, Virginia" ca. 1899. 
 - Ray

Monday, August 8, 2016

Richmond Planet invoice, 100 years ago tomorrow, August 9, 1916.

Saw this on Ebay - can't buy every neat thing that pops up there but some things are worth sharing.  This invoice is dated August 9, 1916. It appears to be a large printing order by the National Ideal Benefit Society of Richmond, Virginia - an African American insurance company connected to the United Order of True Reformer. The Richmond Planet was the most successful African American newspaper in Richmond - the editor John Mitchell, Jr.  It's very odd that I found this on Ebay a day before its 100 year birthday. 

Here's the reverse of the document:

- Ray.

From the Vernon Gallery at 107 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA - A. De Lemos, Propr. ca 1890. -

Found this for sale on Ebay...    The back reads: "Duplicates can be procured any time. Special attention given to all kinds of portraiture in Crayon, Ink, Oil or Water Color.  Vernon Gallery, A. De Lemos, Propr. 107 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA."

- Ray.