Thursday, June 10, 2010

Images of Richmond from LIFE magazine

Monument Avenue, from LIFE magazine, early 1930s.
Click on the image twice for a much larger view.

The image above is the first you will see when you go to Google Images and search under LIFE Magazine images for the term "Richmond, Virginia." Hard to get an exact fix on the date on this image - the cars look like they are from the 1920s.  LIFE began publishing in 1936 but they could have easily had acquired older photographs along the way.

LIFE magazine was one of the nation’s most popular magazines with a circulation at one point of more than 13.5 million copies a week. It was published from 1936 through 1972, although its heyday was during the 1930s through the mid-1950s. It appeared as a monthly from 1978-2000.

Some other favorites from that site include:

Monroe Park Terrace Apartments (now VCU's Johnson Hall).

The house on the left is now demolished. This image also appears to pre-date the 1930s.

This is one of several that are labeled "Segregation Hearings."
Here's the label for this one:

Segregation Hearings, Virginia
16 yr. old segregationist holding confederate flag & "STATES RIGHTS" sign, wearing patch covering eye lost campaigning against integration in public schools, during hearings in state legislature of bills defying Supreme Court decision banning segregation.

Location:Richmond, VA, US
Date taken:1956
Photographer:Margaret Bourke-White

Civil War historian and local newspaper editor
Douglas Southall Freeman, saluting statue of Robert E. Lee while driving to work.
Location:Richmond, VA, US
Date taken:1940
Photographer:Alfred Eisenstaedt
More can be found HERE.

- Ray B.

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