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22 July 2014


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Amazingly "democratic" collection of photographs- would love to see the actual prints!


I'd like to see the prints, too. So would the curators. Most are tucked safely into family albums, if we're lucky, or rotting away in attics, basements, and landfills, if we're not.

Your point about this being a democratic collection of photos is absolutely correct. They were inexpensive enough to be available to all but the very poorest.

Just as importantly, Mangum, who was white, portrayed African-Americans with dignity and respect at a time when many depictions of black people in popular culture were crude caricatures and demeaning stereotypes.

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