All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts

ISBN 0805054561

These sepia-tone photos of women, children, and men in the African American community of Columbia, SC in the 1920s and 1930s make you wonder about their daily lives and their dreams.

 

There are pictures of baseball teams and fancy cars, of weddings and and graduations, but mostly Roberts photographed people in his studio ("That's where people posed, most times in their Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes"). Some of the commentary seems aimed at very young children, but even older kids and adults will pore over the eloquent pictures. Many may go from here to find the stories in their own family albums. 

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