B/W Vintage Images of Women from the 1950s.

Black and White Vintage Portraits of 1950s Women.




A collection of black and white vintage photographs of beautiful women living and enjoying life in the 1950s.
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Women Monotype Operators, 1911.

Who said that women didn’t operate Monotype Typesetting Keyboards?
Admittedly it would have been hard to break down the male dominated areas of Typesetting.
But it did happen.
Here at the Riverside Press, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1911.
Riverside Press was a specialist publisher concentrating on printing quality Limited Editions of Classic texts and an enlightened employer saw the value of women typesetters.
Their motto was “Do it Well or not at All”. These ladies must have been good.
But the big question would have been, “How did their wages shape up with the men?”

Amelia Earhart, 1st Woman to fly solo across the Atlantic,1932.

A Guardian photographic highlight:
On 21 May 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
She had meant to fly to Paris but bad weather and mechanical problems forced her to land in a field near Londonderry, Ireland. “After scaring most of the cows in the neighborhood,” she said, “I pulled up in a farmer’s back yard.”

American aviator Amelia Earhart is surrounded by a crowd of wellwishers and pressmen while being congratulated on her solo flight in a Lockeed Vega by Andrew Mellon, United States ambassador to Britain.
Image Credit: Photograph by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images.
Source: Amelia Earhart – picture of the day | US news | The Guardian

Emma, an 18 year old mother with bone cancer.

Sylvia Liber won the community/regional category for her work, including this photo of Emma Drummond, an 18­-year-­old mother diagnosed recently with a rare form of bone cancer.
Photograph: Sylvia Liber/Illawarra Mercury
Source: Walkley photo of the year: ice addict image wins prestigious award – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

The Hatpin Peril of the early 20th century, New York.

At the turn of the 20th century, women’s style was all big hair and big hats. And to keep those big hats on that big hair, women needed big hatpins—giant needles up to 12 inches long. Headwear wasn’t the only thing changing in America, though.
For the first time, women were socializing on their own and walking the sidewalks unchaperoned. There, they encountered a new peril: street harassment. That’s when ladies started using fashion to play defense.
It all started in 1903, when Leoti Blaker, a young tourist from Kansas, was sitting on a crowded New York City stagecoach. A well-dressed fifty-something man got handsy with her, and when it became clear he wasn’t going to stop, Blaker moved to stop him herself.
“At last I reached up and took a hatpin from my hat. I slid it around so I could give him a good dig, and ran that hatpin into him with all the force I possessed,” she told The Evening World.
The needle pierced the lecher’s arm, and he scurried away.
Soon, similar accounts began popping up in newspapers around the country.
People lauded the women for taking a stand, and hatpins became symbols of female empowerment. But a spate of injurious and fatal stabbings with hatpins soon spooked the lawmakers.
By 1910, Chicago and other cities had passed laws limiting the length of hatpins.
“If women care to wear carrots and roosters on their heads, that is a matter for their own concern,” barked politician Herman J. Bauler, “but when it comes to wearing swords they must be stopped.”
Source: How the Hatpin Became a Tool of Women’s Liberation | Mental Floss

“Women can Build anything”, Rochelle, Illinois.

Image Credit: All Photographs by Deanne Fitzmaurice
Stacey Corcoran is an electrician at the Nippon Sharyo railcar manufacturing facility in Rochelle, Illinois.
Stacey has been building trains for more than 20 years.
‘To me, it’s not just a job. Doing the electrical work, it’s like putting art together. You want it to be flawless and beautiful.
I’m only 4ft 4in, I build trains, and I’m a girl. What more proof do you need?’
Source: Women at work: ‘We can build anything’ – in pictures | World news | The Guardian