50/60’s Gang Images

One Way. The leaders of the Midget Vice Lords, the youngest contingent of the gang, pose for a photo in the heart of Lawndale. The photographer was a West Side youth worker who had established a close relationship with these youths.


White Gang. Members of a white youth gang stand watch on a street corner. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, white street gangs patrolled West Side communities, committing acts of violence and intimidation against African Americans seeking housing or just walking through their neighborhoods. Such actions served to reinforce bonds of racial solidarity and the will to mobilize collectively against racial injustices among the black youths who were the victims of such attacks


Junior Vice Lords playing basketball outside a Lawndale area school.Image

Info, and pics, taken from this online essay

The Button-Down, Loop-Collar?

Loop collars from my knowledge were normally used on plain collar shirts, the most familiar being something like a Pendleton Boardshirt, a typical Hawaiian shirt, or something like the one below.


This example though features the normally more sought after button-down collar, but with the added edition of an off–centre button under the collar to secure the loop. I’ve never seen this type of hybrid before, and thought it was worth documenting. I quite also like the novelty print of the fabric. The shirt is available to buy at this Etsy Store. (I’m not the seller of this shirt)


Manchild in the Promised Land (1965)

From Wiki –

”Manchild in the Promised Land (1965) is an autobiographical novel written by Claude Brown. It tells about the author’s coming of age amidst poverty and violence in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of those living in urban environments. It has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.

The book has frequently appeared on banned book lists for offensive language, and violence. The book is also celebrated by critics for its sense of realism.”

Kids Clothing from the 50’s & 60’s

America in the 50’s as we know was the birthplace of mass-consumerism, clothing was either made in the US, or outsourced to places like Korea. With operations set up to produce hundreds and thousands of pieces of clothing to serve the growing and prosperous population.

Department stores, like Sears and mail order companies like JC Pennys and their Towncraft range, would serve the needs of millions of Americans by producing clothing with vibrant prints, appealing clothes to reflect the optimism of the time, as well as making best use of the new fabric technologies available.

Clothes now needed less and less maintenance to remain presentable, allowing Mothers to enjoy the lesuire time that the American economy had now granted them.

Below is a range of clothes sourced by a great little Etsy shop called Little Yolk . All from the Boom period of American prosperity.


1968 Columbia University Protest (1969 Documentary Film)

A 50min documentary looking at students protesting on the Colombia campus.

From Wiki –

”The Columbia University protests of 1968 were among the many student demonstrations that occurred around the world in that year. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of that year after students discovered links between the university and the institutional apparatus supporting the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as their concern over an allegedly segregatory gymnasium to be constructed in the nearby Morningside Park. The protests resulted in the student occupation of many university buildings and their eventual violent removal by the New York City Police Department.

Read more here..



EDIT – Newscast during the demonstrations, in colour.