Blog Post #1

 

For the first blog response, visually analyze the picture and respond to the prompts in written paragraph form.   

  • What significance does the subject matter have?
  • When was this image shot?  How can you tell the year?
  • How does the year make a difference? 
  • What is the irony of this image?
  • What is the story from this picture? 

156 Comments

  1. Alana Heavican

    The subject matter of this image, a black woman holding a white baby, is intended to show the contrast between the two races at the time. The woman is possibly a nanny or caretaker of another sort.
    This image was taken in the time of the 30’s to 40’s. I can tell because of the details on the sleeve of the dress the woman is wearing. The cars in the image also seem to be an older style of car, but not turn-of-the-century open carriage cars. The baby also seems to be wearing a more retro styled dress. The year is important because it seems to be pre-Civil Rights Movement.
    The irony of this image is that the woman’s skin is highly contrasting with the baby’s, however; the woman still seems to be caring for the child. The black and white of the image is also making her stand out from the background. She may be feeling like an outsider in this setting.
    I believe that the woman is a caretaker and is taking the baby out with her when she is going to run an errand, but, she feels out of place in the town.

  2. Christopher Hanna

    The image of the African American woman with the white baby could tell many stories. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, this one could possibly be worth many thousands. The photo captures your attention by contrasting the skin of the baby with the skin or the woman, and creates a separation in both age and background. The most interesting thing about this photo is the story, or stories, it tells. Instantly by looking at it, some viewers may say that, judging from the black and white, it is from the 1930’s, and that the woman is a slave taking care of her master’s baby. Another group may shun that idea by pointing out that there are seemingly newer age cars in the blurred background, and claiming that she could just be a nurse looking after a newborn child in front of a hospital. Still another group may claim that the photographer just got a woman and a baby and shot them in black and white. I think that this concept is the most ironic thing about this image: it doesn’t just tell one story, but allows you to interpret it any way you like. Like all art, photography is a form of expression, interpreted by an audience in whatever form they see fit.

  3. Connor Mazzola

    The significance that the subject matter has is that a black lady is holding a white child. The picture was taken sometime in the 1950’s because how the lady was dressed and the picture is not in color. Also film was used to take it. The year makes a difference because during this era black people did not have equal rights and were below white people, in the social class. The story behind this image is that the black lady is probably the nanny of the baby she is holding, and she had to go do some errands for her boss.

  4. Andrew Huang

    The significance of the image is that an African American woman seems to be taking care of a white baby. The image seems to be taken in the 1930s, when segregation still had a place in society and African American woman typically went into a job that took care of white people’s houses and children. It seems that way because the style of the African American woman and the white baby seem outdated and now when we see a baby, rarely do we see such a difference in appearance. If the year was the 1930s, then the picture could be seen as an African American caretaker taking care of the white couple’s baby. If it was taken in the 2000s, then the perception could be that the African American woman is a nurse or possibly a teacher calming down a child. The irony in this image is that two people with opposite skin color can coexist so calmly, because the baby does not know that African Americans are supposedly beneath the white race, it’s just a little baby being taken care of by a caring woman. The story from the picture is that even if the baby was taken care of by a white or Mexican person, they all have to capacity to care and love for one another.

  5. Haley Ferramola

    The significance the subject has is the difference between the woman and the child, An African American woman who is holding a white child. I believe this shot was taken in or around 1950’s to the 1960’s. This is because of the idea of the subject, the background details like the buildings, and the photo in terms of quality. The year makes a difference because of the ideas of the time. In this time African American people were beginning to intermingle and trying to gain equality with white people. So the time period changes the idea of the photo and what the photographer was trying to get across. The irony of this image is the colored woman holding a white child. In the time period this idea would have been frowned upon. The story of this picture is maybe a colored woman who a nanny and taking care of this child and she is trying to prove a point that it’s okay for colored people to mix with white people.

  6. Sage Fazzone

    The significance that the subject matter has is the fact that a black women looks to be taking care of a white child. Like in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the children are taken care of a black nanny while their father works. This image may have been shot in 1930-1940’s. You can tell that by the way their clothes look and her face looks like she isn’t happy, maybe because the parent of the child is in a no black store and she has no rights in that time period.

    The year makes a difference because back then the color of your skin was going to be the color of your children. But nowadays people with different skin colors can get married and their baby could be one or the other and sometimes even a blend of both. The irony of this image the picture itself is black and white but the woman stands out the most. Not the child but her. In black and white pictures the color of a white person changes from pale to white, black persons skin does not change.

    The story from this picture is a nanny was in charge of her master’s baby for the day and they went out for a walk downtown. But as she was walking, people stared at her and gave her bad glances. She went over to the side of the building when no one was around and thought about the people staring at her. Even though she spent most of her life taking care of a baby that wasn’t hers, she learned to love it as if it was hers.

  7. Domenica Stoll

    This subject matter has the significance of discrimination against blacks. A black woman is holding a white baby. She does not look very happy to be holding the baby, so it is probably her job. In Harper Lee’s Novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, they had black nannies. The funny thing is that whites were prejudiced against blacks, yet they trusted them with their children. This image was probably shot around the 1930s because of the cars and the black nanny. Normally, I would say it was shot back when they still had slaves in the south, but the cars provide a different answer.

    The year makes a big difference because she could have been a slave, or just a nanny. The evidence of the cars points to her being a nanny, but she still does not look happy to be serving white people. The ironic thing about this picture is that she is just standing on the sidewalk and that she is wearing earrings. I don’t know if they even had earrings back then, but her earrings look a little fancy. Also, who is she waiting for? Doesn’t she have a job to do? Why is she just standing on the sidewalk, waiting?

    I think the story from this picture is that she is running errands with the white baby. She is the baby’s nanny and she decided to take the baby along with her. Maybe she’s waiting for someone to pick them up to take them home. She doesn’t like the baby very much; she sees the baby as her burden. She’s also keeping her eyes down a little, so as not to look any passerby in the face.

  8. Jenny Hamlet

    I think this picture signifies either the Depression or maybe a reaction to slavery. Even the baby looks as unhappy as the women holding her, almost as if she understands what’s going on around her. This image looks like it might’ve been shot to be based in the 1940’s because the scenery like the cars parked on the side appear to be old compared to the 1990’s. It makes a difference in that knowing it was a long time ago when times were hard, you can almost feel the emotion behind the picture. A woman and a child leaning against a wall, and notice that no one is near them. What’s ironic, though, is that for the time period, people were so racist, and yet here we see a black woman caring for this white child. I guess that means the story this picture is trying to portray is rebelling against racism and showing that if the white baby can get along with and accept the black woman, then we all should. Everyone needs to acquire the mind of a baby so as to see everybody is the same way, as equal human beings.

  9. Brianna Houska

    This picture signifies the end of the Great Depression, and the beginning of the end of racism and sexism. This image was shot in 1947. I can tell the year this image was taken because of the outfit and hairstyle of the woman holding the baby. The year makes a difference because the year this picture was taken was during an era of racism towards African Americans. The irony in this image is that although people were incredibly racist towards African Americans during the late 1940’s, there is an African American woman holding a Caucasian child. The story behind this picture is that an African American nurse or nanny is holding and taking care of a Caucasian child.

  10. Josiah Kelley

    The significance of this picture is an African American woman holding a white baby. The image was taken around the 1940’s-50; I can tell by the way the woman is dressed, older cars in the background, also what the baby is wearing as well. The year makes a difference because it was taken during the time when whites were above and blacks weren’t treated equally. The irony behind this image is that it’s taken in black and white with a black woman holding a white baby. The woman is most likely the caretaker of the baby.

  11. Natalee Searcy

    The subject matter in this image is significant because of the unlikely pair it portrays. The year in which this image was shot was probably in the 1950s or early 60s. This is most likely the case based on the cars in the background, the woman’s clothing, and the quality of the picture. It looks as if color photos hadn’t been invented when this picture was taken. It is grainy and unfocused in the background, which is a clue that it is an older picture. The year makes a difference because it was probably more uncommon to see a colored woman and a white baby together back then. Although slavery had already been abolished, black people were still fighting for their rights. The irony of this image is that the scene that the viewer witnesses was probably very uncommon. In my opinion, the woman is the nanny for the baby. She is trying to show that the unlikely pair you see in this image is perfectly okay.

  12. Melissa Marshall

    The subject of this matter is an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. This woman could be a slave, and the baby belongs to her master. She is probably a nanny. This photo could have been shot anywhere between the 30’s to the 40’s, maybe even a little after that. One way to tell the year is that the photo is in black and white. It could have been edited into black and white, but it was most likely taken when colored photos had not yet been discovered yet. Also, you can see the cars in the background look old fashioned, like the ones in the 30’s and 40’s. The year makes a difference because if it were taken recently, anyone who looks at it would see an African American woman holding a baby. However, if they knew it was taken near the 30’s when African American’s were slaves, they would see this as a slave caring for her master’s baby.
    It is ironic that even though the color of their skin is different, this woman doesn’t seem to care. She has learned to love and care for the baby as though it is her own. One interesting thing about this photo is that this picture could be interpreted into many different stories. Even though the color of their skin is different, the woman still seems to be caring for the child as if it does not matter to her. This baby could belong to her master, and she is taking care of it for him. She is also hidden around the corner of a building and looks upset. This could mean that she felt out of place holding a white baby in the grocery store, and decided to escape behind a building after running her errands.

  13. Emily Graves

    I believe the significance of this photograph is that no one really knows what is going on behind the scenes and everyone who takes just a glimpse is making one huge inference or guess about what they believe is happening. I think this image was shot around the 1950’s or 60’s because in the background you can still see modern cars which shows that this can’t be much older. The year makes a difference because if this were in 2011, there would be different problems and different scenary than if it were set in the mid-1900’s. The irony of this image is that most people might assume this lady is this baby’s nanny or perhaps a slave of the family, but who really knows? She could be a nurse from a hospital or maybe even a family friend.The story behind this picture is as simple as anyoine should think. This lady, whether she is related to the child or not, is caring for the baby and providing love.

  14. Xavier Taylor

    While this photo today might seem a little prejudice in some ways, then it was normal for this sort of distinctive role the woman in the picture is playing. The picture itself seems to have been taken in the 50’s or 60’s because of the bulbous style of car near the curb in the background and the fact that it was seemingly socially acceptable for a black woman or man to be used to run errands and be “the help”. Believing that the picture was taken in that timeframe might have the significance that then it was still the norm for this type of social status as “the help or the care taker” since racism was still prominent in most parts of the country (assuming it is in the U.S.). The irony in the picture is that since there was still prejudice, a black woman who was in possession of a small white child was frowned upon, yet she still held the child regardless of the taboo. The picture could have many stories depending on the interpreter, but to me has a simple yet powerful message behind it. It seems that the black women who is instantly distinguished from the baby with white skin is waiting for one of the parents, and regardless of the taboo, still holds and cares for the child in front of everyone to see, being proud and showing it is not “the end of the world” as some might think for someone who is colored to care for someone who is of a different race. Although her face hints to discomfort due to the fact that the town might not be accepting of her actions as the guardian.

  15. Anastasia (Ana) Barnaby

    The significance of this picture is that even though the African American lady had darker skin than the young little baby, she stills seems to care for the baby. It almost as if it takes place around the time of To Kill A Mockingbird. It was around the time of when many African American took care of the Caucasians for a living pay. This image was shot was probably shot around the time of 1940s-50s. I would guess around this time because the young lady is caring for the baby and she has cat eye like glasses on. She also a nurse like top on, that you would wear when caring for a baby. The year makes a huge difference because now days African American People can receive any job that they want. The irony of this image is that a young African American woman is caring for a young Caucasian baby. The story of this image is that doesn’t matter what your skin color is to take care of a baby or even live out in the real world.

  16. Abel Santos

    The subject matter of this picture is an African American woman holding a white baby .This photo seems to have been shot in the 50’s by looking at the cars in the background they seems to resemble cars of that era. The year this photo was taken makes a huge difference because in the 50’s there was strong prejudice and segregation between whites and blacks. The irony of this photo is that in an age of discrimination and hatred between whites and blacks we see this black woman holding what appears to be her white child. Back then it was unthinkable to let a white baby be taken care of by a black lady. This photo shows us that hatred and discrimination is not born into children but rather taught to them by the adult influences in their lives. In here the baby doesn’t see the lady any different than anyone else. And though we are not told if the baby belongs to the woman we can see that she is protecting of the child and has a motherly love for the child.And that a motherly bond with a child can transcend solcial taboos.

  17. Janile Dabbous

    I think this image was shot in around the 1940’s, when “To Kill a Mockingbird” took place. I could tell by her glasses because they’re cat eye glasses. The difference between then and now is that then African Americans could only work for the white people, but now they could do anything they set there minds to, like Obama is the president. I believe that the significance of this picture is that even though the baby is white the African American woman is still taking care of the baby. The irony of this picture is that an African American is taking care of a white baby. I think the story of this picture is probably that she’s taking of someone else’s baby for the baby’s mother.

  18. Chelsea McCarty

    The significance of this photo is that a black woman is holding a white baby, as if she were perhaps a nanny, and the child belonged to her slave master. I believe the photo was taken sometime during the 1950’s or 1960’s, because segregation had probably passed, the somewhat modern cars, and the design on her dress. The time the photo was taken is super important, because it was during the time when blacks and whites were not treated equally. I assume her eyes were down so she doesn’t make eye contact with another white person.

  19. Dawn Luscombe

    The subject matter is a black woman holding a white baby showing the contrast between the two races. The image was probably shot in the fifties or sixties. Not only the quality of the photo but what the woman is wearing and her glasses is how you can you tell the year. The year makes a difference because blacks and whites didn’t have equal rights. The irony is that the woman’s skin is highly contrasting with the baby’s. The story from this picture is the lady is the child’s nanny.

  20. Lujain Al-Saleh

    The photograph of the white baby and the black woman signifies the harsh realities of a black and white world. It signifies the injustice, the hardships, the racism, and the selective division of the world during those years.

    This image was taken during the 1960s Civil Rights era. Initially, the style of the dress and glasses that the woman is wearing illustrates the fashion of that time. The classic cars parked on the curb also display the time period. The fact that the photograph was shot in black and white film, not color film, exhibits the 1960s as well. The year that the photo was taken makes a difference because it highlights the differences of the time.

    The image is extremely ironic in the fact that it was taken during the period where segregation between white and black people was a normal, every day occurrence. Everything was divided. There restaurants that were either for white or black people; there were water fountains that were either for white or black people; there were restrooms that were for either white or black people; there were movie theaters that were for either white or black people. However, in the photo, a black woman is holding a white baby. Although the color of their skin contrasts against each other, this does not separate them from one another. This symbolizes the eventual unification of white and black individuals. The photo is also taken in black and white. The fact that color film was not utilized back then, represents that desegregation between white and black people was not a possible option. It represents the racism and discrimination that would remain present until black people would finally gain the same, constitutional rights as white people.

    It seems as if the black woman is taking care of the baby. Most likely, she is the nanny or caretaker of the child. She was probably walking through the streets of the city, when a photographer asked if he or she could take a photograph of her.

  21. Stephen Kennedy

    In this image it shows an African American woman holding a white baby on the street. If I could guess the date, I would imagine that it was from the fifties to perhaps even the early sixties due to the style of clothes, the older looking vehicles in the background, and the fact that the picture is in black and white which was a far more common film medium back in the fifties. The most important significance in my opinion is the contrast by the two groups at the time. During the fifties, African Americans were treated awfully in the US, to the point where many other countries began considering us simple barbarians. It also displays the significance of the innocence of a child. Because the young infant is too young to communicate with others, she is also too young to be taught to treat people of other races as subhuman. Instead of seeing her as a black maid, she sees her caretaker as simply another person.

  22. Tim Barone

    From what I can tell of her clothing and the cars in the background this picture was taken of a black nurse during the 1950’s. The 1950’s were huge years for the civil rights movement in the United States. During this time great people such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall fought for equal rights across the nation. The Irony of this photograph is that the black nurse is holding a white child. Robert most likely wanted to convey a message about the wrongness of segregation. Robert Frank continually used this theme throughout The Americans from which this photo was taken.

  23. Kinsey Thomas

    I think the significance of the image is that it is an African-American woman holding a Caucasian baby. I think this might mean that it doesn’t matter what color skin you have, at least to a baby. There is no judgment with young children and babies for who we are, to them if you love and show love to them. I think this image was taken in the 1940s-1950s. I believe this is true because you can notice the woman’s cat eye glasses. You can also see that she is wearing a plaid uniform-like dress. The baby is wearing just a plain whit blousy outfit. These characteristics were brought up and were worn in the 40s and 50s. The year makes a difference because during the 40s and 50s African Americans were not treated equally. African Americans didn’t get the same rights as white people so that also meant less pay as well. The year makes a difference because in the 40s and 50s African Americans would get taken advantage of because their race and make it more okay for them not to be treated well. The irony of this photo is that an African American woman is holding a whit baby. Obviously it is not her birth child and it makes it ironic that she would care for someone who is different from her. I think the story of this photo is that in earlier years African American worked for white people and sometimes for very little. Also, that race really doesn’t matter, to adults or babies. And that people will care for one another even though they are different.

  24. Jesus Pereda

    The subject matter could possibly have the significance of segregation. It shows an African American woman with a caucasian child in her arms. She appears to be wearing the attire of a nanny or housemaid. She could have possibly been a slave for the child’s family. Therefore, the significance behind this photograph could possibly be the segregation of African Americans. This image could have most likely been shot anytime during the years of 1940 to 1964. That can be determined by having prior knowledge of the Civil Rights Act that was signed in 1964. Between any of those years this lady could have been a nanny or housemaid or possibly even a slave for this young child’s family. You can also determine the year this photograph was taken by taking a good look at the cars. They look like they could have been manufactured during the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. The year makes the complete difference because it could completely change the career of this women. For example, if this image was taken now a days, this woman could be the mother of the child in her arms. However, If this image was taken during the 1940’s, this women could have been the family’s slave or housemaid. The irony behind this image is that the African American Woman is holding this Caucasian child. This child has no knowledge about the difference of racial races. To the child this is just another person that looks over him, feeds him, and raises him. Therefore, It is ironic that the woman would be holding the child because of the racial difference during the time period. The story from this picture could be good and well the life story of this woman. This is possibly her everyday job. Or it could possibly be the story behind her slavery. She could also be looking out at something while holding the child. This child could be her own. It could also be her grandchild. It all depends on time period. The entire story could be all about segregation all based on this one image.

  25. Levi Williams

    I think the significance of this photo is to show the only real contrast between the two races. This photo was maybe taken during slavery. Also another thing that proves that it is taken during that time is the way the lady is dressed.The year makes a difference because if this is during the time that I think its in then the colored women shouldn’t of been holding the white baby. The irony of this image is that even though the baby id white and the lady is black the lady still seems to be taking care of the baby. There could be multiple stories behind one photo. This is just one example of a picture is worth a thousand words. If it’s the time frame I think its in then the lady is obviously a nanny or maid of the house.

  26. Luke Rosales

    I think this picture represents the period of time when African Americans were still forced to work for other people before the Civil Rights movement. With that being said, this picture could have been taken in the mid 1900’s, maybe the 1940’s. When this picture was taken, it was typical to see African Americans tending to children while the parents would be out at work, serving as the family nanny. The irony is that it is a white baby and an African American woman, and the woman seems to be taking care of the child, even though the two races were not the best of friends at the time. A picture can tell many stories, but I think this one represents how caring and kind the woman is to the baby, even under the circumstances the white people could have been putting her through at the time.

  27. Evan M. Skora

    The significance of the picture is portrayed through the high contrast of the African-American woman and the white baby. The purpose of the photo is to show the extreme differences between the two races at the time it was taken.
    This image was most likely shot in the early 30’s to 40’s. You can tell by the subject matter and the texture of the photo, black and white and somewhat grainy, along with the style of clothing that both the baby and the woman are wearing. The cars in the background also seem to be of an older style.
    The year makes a large difference because it seems to be right before or during the start of the Civil Right’s Movement.
    The irony in this image is the fact that, at the time, African-Americans were seen as lower than whites and yet the African-American woman is expected and relied on to care for the baby. There is also some irony that this woman would be at the forefront of the photo when it is expected, for the times, that she would be in the back of the photo. It is ironic that while everything in the photo is white, the only black parts or darker parts of the photo lie in the way back of the photo and this one woman in the front.
    The story behind this photo is likely to show the irony of having this woman who is seen as lower care for the white baby. We can assume that this woman is a nanny or maid of sorts by her attire and that she is the one who takes care of the baby, signified by her carrying the baby.

  28. Spencer Davis

    The picture shows a black woman holding a white baby. The photo is in black and white, and besides a dark tree in the background, the woman is the only dark thing in the photo. The buildings, the sidewalk, the cars, the baby, the baby’s clothes, and even the woman’s clothes are all white. The woman appears to have a hair net on, so she is probably a cafeteria or restaurant. From the color, the quality, and the subjects, the photo appears to have been taken in the 50’s. It was then that the black-white social struggle was most prominent, and this photo appears to shed some light on that topic. The irony in the picture is that the black woman is wearing white, and that the black woman is holding the white baby. The picture tells the story of a time in history when racial tension between blacks and whites was very strong. The black woman is surrounded in a world of white.

  29. Talia Aharon-Ezer

    The subject of this picture is a black an white person together. This photo looks like it took place in the earlier days when there was tension between black and white people. The black lady stands out in the picture so she is the main subject in the picture, and it seems to tell a story. The story is that this was maybe during the civil rights movement or before. You can tell that it was taken quite a while ago because, her dress is different from those of today, the cars in the backround are old, and the picture is taken in black and white. The lady seems to be the caretaker of the baby, and she could have been taking the baby outside. By her facial expression on her face, she looks sad and worried. The woman might have felt like she did not like where she was living or the people there made her feel uncomfortable because of her race.

  30. Saad Fakhouri

    The significance of this photograph is that an African-American woman is carrying a Caucasian baby. The image was probably shot between 1940-1960, unless they took this picture recently just to pose, i could tell by the clothes they are wearing, and the cars in the background. The clothes they are wearing are really outdated and almost no one wears them. The cars are old. They were probably made back then. The year makes a difference because at that time Caucasian people could do something to her because she had the baby. The irony is that an African-American woman is holding a Caucasian baby outside on the street and shows not one characteristic of fear, at that time i would be afraid. The story could be on the segregation or something similar to that from this one simple image.

  31. Jeff Longo

    The subject matter of this photo is a black woman holding a white baby. This picture was shot possibly in the 40’s judging by the woman’s clothing and because the picture is in black and white. One can also notice that the cars are old. The image was most likely before the Civil Rights Movement when African-Americans were not equal to white people.

    The woman is not smiling in the picture so this imposes that the woman was most likely a nanny to the child. Also the woman may have not been able to go into the store due to her skin color, because of the time this picture was taken. The woman was probably doing errands and chores for the white baby’s family. This image is significant because it displays that no matter what ethnicity, anyone can care for a child. This is a clear example that everyone deserves equal rights.

  32. Chris Schneider

    This photograph of the African American women and the American baby is a reflective memory of the 1950’s time era. It resembles the way that even an infant of a white family was more important than an aged African American woman. I can guess this was the 1950’s due the clothing of the infant and the women; the infant is wearing a small white dress while the woman is wearing a partially see-through shirt (not in a flattering way). This suggesting that she is the “help” and the baby is her owners’ child. The year makes a difference due to if it were 2011 this could maybe be the child of an African American and a white man, which was unheard of back in the 50’s. While a few irony lie within the image, the ones that stand out the most to me were the white outfit of the African American, including the earrings, and the way the baby seemed to blend into her clothes. This story could have been a baby neglected by its mother/father and ended up still successful with the support of the pictured lady.

  33. Cali Mahoney

    The image shows an African American middle-aged woman holding a white baby. This image tells the story of how many American households functioned in the 1940’s to 1960’s. I was able to infer that this image was taken in between 1940 and 1960 for the style of dress, and the models of cars. The year of this image makes a difference because if the same picture we’re taken today; with current dress and cars, we would have an entire different thought on what was happening. We know that in the 1940’s-1960’s female African American women were most often maids and nannies to wealthy white families. The irony of this picture is that the woman is getting paid little to take care of this child, while the birth parents of this child have much more money, but choose to have a nanny take care of the child instead. The woman in the picture is the maid to the house of the baby, and thus is the child’s nanny.

  34. Sarah Duggan

    Depending on the viewer, this picture could be interpreted in several different ways. I think the photographer meant to portray it that way so that one can come up with their own story. Without much detail that is overbearing, there are many options to choose from.

    The contrast between black and white is obvious. The majority of the image is light, yet the African American woman’s face stands out the most because it is so much darker than everything else. She seems to be the outcast of the photo, and that’s how she was seen in society. The photo appears to have been taken in the mid 1900s. The clothing, glasses, and hair is simple, and have the style of the 50s. The cars in the background don’t seem to have definite shape, but appear to be an older style. Cars were not mass produced until after 1900, so it could not have been taken any time before that.

    In this time there was still discrimination, and the woman could have been a nanny for a white family. The woman appears to be waiting outside of a doorway. She could have been forced to stay outside with the baby while the parents were inside. Or she could have been running errands and just taking a break. Both the woman and child seem to wear similar facial expressions with a closed mouth, blank face, and expressionless eyes. Not only is the photographer telling a story, but is displaying a typical African American woman’s face to the world. She appears to be downtrodden, tired of the cruelties of the world. This picture is a way for people to really look at African Americans and empathize with the lifestyle they had.

  35. Natalie Smith

    In this image, there’s an African American woman holding a white baby. Certain things lead me to think that this photo was taken in the 50’s or 60’s. I believe this because of three things: her demeanor, her clothing, and the cars in the background. She doesn’t look very happy, which leads me to think that she is working (very few people enjoy working), and that she might feel like she is working for the child instead of the child’s parents. Her clothing seems more like the style of the 50’s or 60’s; it also looks like something a nanny, cook, or black household worker would wear. Finally, from what you can see of the cars in the back, you can tell that they’re not your up-to-date Hondas or Fords. They’re the typical old, “classic”, cars. If the picture was taken in the 50’s or 60’s, it would make a difference because it would mean that black people had very little rights and still weren’t treated with respect. This might make the image more sorrowful than intended. The irony is that it could easily be taken in 2010. There’s no way that we can prove from just looking at the picture, that it was taken in the 50’s or 60’s. Just because we see a black lady holding a white baby, most of us would assume that she was working for the family as a nanny, or a cook, or a household hand.

  36. Clare Riley

    The subject is significant because at the time the civil rights movement would most likely not have been established yet. The contrast between the woman’s skin and the child she is holding is immense. The picture was probably taken before the civil rights movement circa the fifties. The cars lining the street in the background don’t have the sharper edges of the more modern cars. The woman’s dress also suggests an earlier time by its simplicity. The year makes a difference because it shows the inequality between black and whites before the civil rights movement and show time after. The irony is that though blacks were considered inferior to the whites, they often raised the white children. When the children grew up, they felt that the black women raising them had been more motherly than their own. The irony screams because the black women were supposedly “inferior.” The story of the photo is of a black woman who is employed to raise the children of a white family. She is probably waiting outside the building because the laws of segregation would not allow her in.

  37. Daysi Perez

    The significance of this photograph is that the African American woman is maybe the “care taker” of this small baby girl. The woman seems to have a small grin on her face as if she knew the picture would be taken. She is resting up against a wall and could possibly be resting or waiting for someone. From looking at where she is standing she looks as if she was in the city. I think this image was shot in between the 1940’s-60, because there was still some form of racism against African American woman being maids or nannies. The year makes a difference because if it was taken now, then the baby could have been her child or adoptive child. Since it looks like it’s kind of a back then photo then she would be the “care taker”. The irony of this image is the different races and how they are together and in the 40’s there was still racism in parts of the U.S. The story could be about segregation and what this woman is to the child.

  38. Paris Trollope

    Pictures can mean many things; they’re interrogated in different ways. This particular picture of the white baby being held by the African American maid and from the image I can get from the setting; old fashion cars, it was around when many people had maids because money was tough, around the depression time period, and the maids would take care of the children instead of the mother. So in a way, the maid would be the person that raised the children and teaching the children lessons and how to behave in society. Back then, that’s what normality was, nowadays we don’t really have maids anymore, so the mother takes care of the kids. The irony in this photo is that the mother had the baby but isn’t raising it, the maid is, and the mother wouldn’t be able to take care usually because she was too busy or she passed away. The family takes credit of raising them and teaching them how to be proper and well mannered. The story of the picture is that the maid looks tired and sick of working and taking care of children, but back then, money was hard to come by, so working as a maid was quite common, the baby looks confused and scared, even. Like it knows the African American maid isn’t her mother. It’s just my interpretation, others see pictures differently, and that’s what I see.

  39. Jacob Lantiegne

    The significance of this story is that an African American lady is holding an American child probably watching her for the parents. I believe the picture was taken some time in the 50’s because the picture is in black and white, and the cars in the background look older then the cars you would have seen in the 60,s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, or 2000’s. Also the way the ladies shirt is made the pattern of the shirt looks older. Today if I were to see them I would think maybe the woman adopted the child or is watching the child for her friends. The irony is that the child has a different skin color and the woman is not afraid of what could happen if some one had a problem with her holding the kid. The story is that a woman is not afraid to hold a child of different color out in the open even if it is in a time where that was frowned upon.

  40. Jon Oyan

    The image above was probably shot in the mid-20th century. You can tell it is a dated image because it is grainy and in black and white. In the background, you can see the shapes of 50’s era cars. Judging by the year (and by the fact that the black lady is holding a white child), the subject matter is concerning segregated America. In the 50’s and 60’s, the debate over freedom v. segregation was coming to a boiling point – civil rights were dividing the nation on battle lines more complex than North vs. South. The main irony presented by this image is the fact that white America is symbolized as a child. Interesting considering that the white Americans considered themselves the superiors in the civil rights debate – here, the black woman is the adult – the superior (if you will). I figure that the black woman is probably a nanny – it was not an uncommon job for African-American women in the 1950’s because opportunity was so slim – and she is taking a moment’s rest up against the wall.

  41. Tyhler Kohn Gallardo

    Everybody looks at this picture it different ways. The way I look like it is a whole different story from others. The way I look at it is a African American women holding a little white baby. From the picture I can tell the picture was taken from maybe the early 40s because of the way the cars look, also by the women’s hair and glasses, also the way the baby is dressed, usually you see babies wearing store bought clothes but this baby is just wearing a white dress. If this picture was taken in the 40s it may have been when blacks were slaves, meaning that the women could be a nanny of the baby or just a maid holding the baby while the parents are in a white only store. The year makes a difference because today we don’t usually have people carrying out kids around, and also we don’t have slaves. I think this image is significant because no matter what color somebody is anyone could care for a baby or a child any age. Everybody deserves to be treated the same no matter what the ethnicity is.

  42. Deja Rasch

    This photograph looks as if it had been taken around the 1940’s or 50’s because of how unclear the picture is but also because there is an African-American woman holding a white baby. The year changes the meaning because African-Americans were treated like trash and were just used for handy work and things that needed to be done and taken care of. The African-American woman was most likely the baby’s care taker, someone the parents had hired to watch and teach the baby until they are no longer needed. This image shows how African-American people were used and taken advantage of, the parents of the baby most likely only held the baby a few times in their life because they had the care taker to hold the baby. There is irony in this picture because it looks like they are by the street in the background.

  43. Leah Sisemore

    This picture of the African American woman holding the white baby was taken sometime in the 40’s or 50’s. I think this partly because of the clothing the woman is wearing. Also, the photo is taken in black and white. This was the time period where black women took care of white children, almost like a nanny. Often times, the white parents would not want to take care of their children, so they hired black women to take care of their children and help around the house. It was the times when racism was well under way and blacks were discriminated against. This picture is ironic because it is taken in black and white, mixed into one picture, but during that time period, blacks and whites were separated as much as possible. It is also ironic that the woman is wearing earrings and glasses, because usually back then nannies would not have enough money for those things.

    I think that the story behind this picture is that the woman was out on errands with the baby, and she decided to take a break. She leaned again the wall and watched the other people and cars that were going down the street. On another hand, I feel like this might have been taken in modern day, because the cars appear to be modern, and the woman is wearing earrings and glasses.

  44. Natalie McCambridge

    This photograph of a white baby in the arms of a black woman signifies the relationship between not only the generation difference, but the skin color as well. The equality between these two skin colors was only beginning. This photo displays the many harsh realities during these years.

    This photo was taken in the 1960s Civil Rights Era. The fashion is displayed through the woman’s clothes, hair style and glasses. We cannot forget the classic cars parked alongside the curb also depicts the time period. Fore mostly, that this photo was shot in black and white film, not color, shows the time period as well. The year a photo is taken is crucial to interpreting meaning and understanding the differences during that time.

    The fact that there was immense segregation between whites and blacks during the 1960s makes great irony in this photo, for it shows a black and white human together in public. Blacks and whites were never seen together in public. Skin color was used to separate in restaurants, bathrooms, buses, and even how you walk on the streets. Whites were the priority class making the lives of African-Americans much harder. This photo symbolizes the unity between these American people; the innocence of the child along with an elder making the effort to change society’s beliefs. The fact that the film of the photo is in black and white exhibits the desegregation of the two colors. That separation between opposite colors or people (whatever you wish) is inevitable.

    This woman in to photo seems to be simply taking care of this child, perhaps as a maid, and were asked to document this moment on film.

  45. Gwendolyn Richey

    By the looks of this photograph, it appears to be taken in the time period of the 1940s-1960s. For the African American woman could be the caretaker of the baby girl she is holding. In the blurred section of the picture you can see the old fashion cars lined up against the sidewalk. I’m guessing the photograph was taken from a close up, focused just on the people and blurred out the rest of the image. The irony to this photograph would be, the African American is holding a Caucasian baby because back then they separated raises. The woman looks like she knows the picture is being taken, that’s why she has a grin on her face. And I think the contrast of the photo taken in black in white made the images in the photograph pop better.

  46. Jared Berman

    The significance of this photograph is that there is a black lady holding a white baby. This photo looks like it was taken during the 40’s or 50’s, because of what the woman and the baby are wearing. The year makes a difference because during this time period black people were being discriminated against. The irony is that black people we considered “less equal” than white people. but often white people would leave them to raise their children. This image tells the story of how black used to have to serve white people even though the were supposed to be being treated equal.

  47. Jesa Bryant-Simental

    In this photo there is an African American woman carrying a white baby. This picture looks like it was taken during the mid 1950’s. You can tell this by looking at the streets, cars and by the way the woman is dressed. I see no irony in this photo the woman seems to be clutching the child close to her breast. This was a time when the maid of the house “the African American lady” often acted as a nanny she would take care of the children along with tending to the cooking and cleaning while the mother of the child or children attended to various outings and any errands that needed to be accomplished. The times differ in so many ways in just half of century segregation and racism has nearly depleted all together which is why I believe that we are so lucky to live in the time that we do and I think it goes without saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.

  48. Mariela Camacho

    The baby in the picture looks like it is in the hospital because it is wearing a medical dress and it looks like it’s going bald. The picture looks like it was taken recently because the woman is wearing hipster glasses. The year is significant because it shows that more and more babies are being born sick even though we have more advanced technology. The irony in this image is that the white child has to depend on the black nurse and back then people of color weren’t allowed to be doctors. The story of this picture is of a sick little girl and a nurse trying to comfort her.

  49. Ryan Mitchell

    The significance of thesubjectmatter inthisisthat by turning the new picture black and white to simulate an older image it can be used as a statement to racial diversity as well as tolerance.

    You cannot really tell the year of this photo but it is probably more recent than you think. The building the woman is leaning on is made of some sort of reflective rock material, meaning that it had been machined. That is very late 20th century technology from the early to late 90’s.

    The year makes a significant difference because if it were the 50’s, she wouldn’t be holding a white baby.

    The obvious irony is that a african american woman is holding a white baby, the subtle irony is “see how much you can depend on us”.

    The story from this picture is something of, i have no absolute idea because it is out of context with my thoughts.

  50. Tayler Calvert

    The subject of the matter is the African American woman holding/taking care of the white baby. The picture is a B & W tone which means it is probably set in the 40’s-60’s when film photography in B & W was used more. The year makes a difference because blacks during this era didn’t have equal rights and were below the white’s, in the social class. The idea behind this image is that the black lady is probably the nanny of the baby she is holding, and it shows how the blacks had to serve without equal rights.

  51. Emily Turnage

    This photo, taken of an African-American woman holding a young Caucasian child, seems to juxtapose the two in such a way that shows the relationship between the two races at the time this photo was taken – which I believe, from the clothing they both wear and the graininess of the picture, was in the late 1940s-early 1950s; this was when African-American maids were often employed as nannies by mothers who were often too busy for their young children. The irony of the image is that, despite the fact that white people often believed blacks carried diseases and were not as “human” as they were, they still employed them to care for what should have been the most important aspect of their lives – their children. This image shows the story of many maids in that time – caring for babies that were eventually raised to be their new employers, taught to look down upon the very same people that reared them from infancy.

  52. Hailey Winfield

    The significance of this subject matter is that there is an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. Assuming this photo was taking anywhere from 1930’s to 1950’s (judging by both the surroundings and that this photo was taken with black and white film), this is most likely a slave holding her owner’s child. The irony of this photo is that it is taken in black and white and the people in it are black and white. Presumably this photo shares a story of segregation and issues with racial disputes in the past. However, I could tell a very intriguing story of how the woman shown was forced to kidnap that adorable baby and they are now on the lamb! While in the process of abducting this bundle of joy, this woman and her accomplices decided to create a photo documentary of the kidnapping. Who wouldn’t want a baby as precious as this one!?!

  53. Ashley Patton

    I believe that this picture of an African American woman holding a white baby was taken in the 1950’s. I can tell because of the way the streets are paved and how the woman is dress but I cant be for sure do to the fact that some people dress like that today. My interpotation of what is going on in the picture is that the African American woman may be the baby’s nanny or sitter maybe waiting for the parents out side their house. The irony in this picture is that the baby has to depend on the nanny and back in the 1950’s people of color weren’t allowed to be to really nanny let alone touch a small child. They mostly were used for work around the house. Now a day’s people are more accepting then back in the 50’s.

  54. Cameron Ellis

    The image shown is that an african american woman is holding a white baby to try to show contrast. The image was shot around the 1930’s and the 1940’s by what the woman is wearing and the cars and streets. The year of the picture makes a difference because the woman could be a nanny/housekeeper or she could be a slave. I would say she is just a nanny taking care of the child. I don’t really see the irony in the picture but, that just means maybe that I can’t see it. The story behind the picture is that the nanny is taking care of the baby and running errands at the same time for the family or, that the nanny is picking the baby up from the hospital because the baby looks like it is in a hospital gown and the nanny doesn’t seem to happy to have to go pick the baby up.

  55. Emily Schwerdtfeger

    The significance of this photo is that there is a middle aged African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. As a viewer, we do not know if this woman is a nanny. caretaker, or even a slave. This picture is contrasting the two different races together.
    Judging by the clothes being worn, the cars in the background, and the overall image, this seems to have been taken in the 1940s- 1960s. In this time period, it is very possible that this woman could be all three; nanny, caretaker, and slave. Because of the year, it was not very common to see an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. Although rare, it was often noted that the African American women that were seen holding a Caucasian baby were the caretaker. The irony of this picture is that back in the time this was taken, races were separated, but in this picture, they are put together. The story from this picture could really be anything. It could be a nanny taking the baby outside to calm it down. Or possibly a caretaker running errands while baby sitting this child. Maybe it’s just a family friend holding their baby. Unless the woman in this picture could talk to us today, the viewer can infer any story they want about this picture.

  56. Memo Mederos

    This photograph of a white baby boy in the arms of an African American woman signifies the relationship between the generation difference and the skin color as well. The year in which this image was shot was probably in the 1950s or early 60s. Evidence to support this theory are the cars in the background, the woman’s clothing, and the quality of the picture. Also it is in black and white. The year makes a difference because if this were in 2011, there would be different problems and different scenery than if it were set in the mid-1900′s. The irony of this image is that most people might assume this lady is this baby’s nanny or perhaps a possible slave of the family. I think that the story behind this picture is that the woman was running errands with the baby, that she was ordered to care for, and she decided to take a short breather so she leaned against the wall and watched the other people and cars that were going up and down the street.

  57. Emily Zimmerman

    This photo captures an African American lady holding and caring for a Caucasian baby. This photo was most likely taken in either the 1930s or 1940s. This is hinted through the old fashion cars in the background, the woman’s clothes, and the fact that the photo was taken in black and white. In the 30s and 40s African Americans did not have the same rights as whites. The year has a great impact on the meaning of the photo. If it was obvious it was taken a long time ago, people connect this photo with segregation. Whereas if it was a modern picture people might not associate it with the same concept considering we have equal rights today.
    This black lady could have been taking care of her master’s child. The segregation laws could have kept her from entering into the grocery store, causing her to watch the child outside of the store. The lady does not appear very happy and maybe she feels out of place. However, there are many different opinions of what is happening in this photo and it could be interpreted in many different ways

  58. Dyan Donovan-Smith

    This picture shows an African American woman holding a white baby. The image appears to have been shot in the early 50’s to mid 50’s. You can tell because of the cars in the background along with her cloths. At the time of this picture African Americans were basically second class citizens. The irony of this photo is that the black woman is holding a white child. There is probably a story hidden somewhere in the picture but chances are we can not see it.

  59. Carly Bell

    I think this picture signifies the time of great separation of Africans and white people . The African American woman does not look to happy to be watching a whit child because of the time period they are in. Africans were forced to do labor for the whites and they resented it very much making them unhappy. As well as the racial feud between the white and Africans because neither the baby or the woman have any type of happy expression on their faces when being round each other. This picture was most likely taken in the 1950’s or 1960’s when racial tension was at its peak. Also because of the style of clothing and the type of cars in the background. I also see the exposure is really high which could mean it was shot with one of those cameras that has a huge flash back in the day. The year does make a difference because if this picture were taking in a more resent year people may think it would stand for unity of races, but since his was taken years before the social problems at this time would make this seem like racial division. The irony of this image this image is that in this time period there was racial segregation but in this photo two very different races were brought together. In this time most African Americans were thought of as lower then whites. They were giving jobs that white people were unable to do or did not have time to do. This African American woman was probably the nanny to this new born child so to make a living. Like in “To Kill A Mockingbird” Cal was giving the job of being the nanny to white children.

  60. Ethan Johnson

    The significance of the picture is that the woman is African American and the baby is white. I think the picture was taken in the 1940’s or 50’s. I think this because the picture is black and white the women is wearing not very recent clothing, and her classes are fairly big and bulky. The year makes a difference because in the 40’s and 50’s there was a lot of social racism between blacks and whites. The irony of this image is that the woman is African American and the baby is white which could create an outburst depending on the year. I think that the story if the picture is that the woman is a nanny for that baby and that she has just taken him for a walk in the park and is taking a rest near the super market.

  61. David Birdwell

    This image is significant because of the difference in race of the baby and the woman. It seems to be taken sometime in the 1950’s because the clothing and accessories of the African American woman seems to be of that era. Her glasses, earrings and hair net all point to this conclusion. The cars lined up along the road also look as though they are from the 1950’s. The year that this photograph was taken is noteworthy because of racial clashes between these two ethnicities during the time it was taken. The incongruity of this image comes from the racial difference within it. The African American woman is supporting a young Caucasian baby. During this time, many Caucasian adults were discriminate against African American people. This photo tells the story of a woman doing the right thing in spite of complications and consequences. The woman exercises her natural matronly instincts and cares for and holds the child. There is no one else around.

  62. toddperalta76@gmail.com

    In this picture the photographer has shown the brighter side of the 1950s and how kindniss can over come racism. Everything in this picture is opposite. The old African American women, with a young white baby in the 1950s was pretty much never seen. Most events of the civil rights movement were of hate and out of all of the hatred towards blacks, this came 0ut. Brightens up the mood.

  63. Karina Schink

    The subject in this photo is an African American woman holding a Caucasian infant. By the way this photo is taken you can see the woman is tense, as if , to her, holding the baby tighter would protect it more. The woman is looking of into the distance, as if into a happier place and the child is completly in the moment. The contrast in this photo is between the two subjects, this has significance because it shows the time period of the photo. The photo was most likely taken in the 30s. If this picture was taken in the present time, it would not show a difference of race, but it more likely only represent contrast. Everything in the picture is white, besides the woman, in the
    30’s that shows discrimination. Today, I see a difference in colors and contrast, not in race.
    The irony in this image is represented by the different colors in the image. The African American woman is obviously the only black colored subject in the photo, even her clothes are white. She stands out from the rest of the picture, and immediatly she is the first object viewers eyes go to; just how our eyes see the light subject in a frame of darkness. In the 30’s people walking down the street would not take the time to look and observe an African American woman. They may take an interest in her, only because of the white baby she is holding. In this photo, the photographer draws your eyes to the caretaker, but in that time the eyes of the people would not giver her a second glance.
    In this photo, on the surface, I see a woman taking care of a baby. When I look deeper I see a caretaker, holding a baby as if it was her own. The woman is distracted, looking into the future as if what she has now is not happy, and she is seeking a life that is. The baby is calm and at ease in the arms of this woman. The baby has not been crupted by the discriminating world. This picture captures the moment of a nanny holding her boss’s baby, and the baby being completly comfortable. This picture is a window into the world of the 1930’s. It shows discrimination, hope, comfort, and irony.

  64. Kristen Kanatzar

    In this picture, there is a black woman holding a white child. The significance with the picture is that it is obvious that the picture was taken decades ago, and back then, for a colored woman to hold a white child, it was quite uncommon and inappropriate. I can tell that this image was shot in the 50’s or earlier, because of the style of the clothes and hair do’s, and from the way it is taken. It is in black and white and back then, there wasn’t colored film for cameras yet. The year makes a difference because, like I said, it was very rare for a black woman to be holding a white kid, unless it was the nanny. The irony is that there is black woman holding a white baby in public and no one is around to criticize her or yell at her. Most people, in that time period, would find the sight of an African-American woman holding a white baby outrageous and insulting, and the fact that no one is around, is quite unusual. I think the story of this picture is that the woman is the baby’s nanny and she is taking care of her while the parents are gone or busy.

  65. Madisson McCarthy

    This Picture clearly is an African American Women holding a Caucasian baby; this would be considered to be the significance. The women looks like she has been working, her job to get money and be able to buy food for this child. Because the picture is Black and White and the surroundings are different then what we see on our streets today I would say it was taken sometime after the 1950’s and before 2000. The year makes a difference because the year would change the Job the Women would have and the environment the child grows up in. The irony in this image is that, at the time period I think it is, That African American Women were not treated very well, and didn’t usually associate with White people. The story behind this image would be that this is her child she is trying to take care of, or it’s her owners… (If she were a slave}

  66. Dee B Lucas

    This image, most likely taken in 1930-1940 shows a black or African American woman holding a baby in her hands. The African American clothes tell us that the year is around 1930-1940, when normally African Americans would take the job of cleaning, cooking, and the taking care of the young. This year makes a difference because it is during the segregation, witch means when white people where better then the African American. This lead to white people making black’s ride in the back of busses, making them use difference bathrooms, by making there young go to different schools, and leading up to the formation of the KKK. The irony of this picture is that white people thought they were better then African American yet they counted on them to watch there young, clean the house, and cook the meals. This picture tale many tales, and is hard to only pick one story, yet one of the many story’s it tale is the irony of the hole segregation.

  67. Paul Stockdill

    This black and white image shows a black lady holding a white baby.
    There are many possible stories behind this picture. Most likely taken in 1940 or 1950, the lady in the image is probably a caretaker caring for the baby. The cars in the background are very old, and the image does not contain color, making 1940-1950’s the most likely time period. Clearly this lady is doing some kind of paid labor. This image captures the time period of the 1940’s by showing how a black lady being a nanny used to be a common thing. The lady doesn’t seem too happy about her situation, but appears to be used to the fact that people think less of her, mainly due to the extreme discrimination that took place during her time period. She probably is upset that she is getting paid less than a white woman would doing the exact same job as her.
    This image is ironic because it shows that even though black people were considered as lesser humans in the past, white families would trust their babies in the possession of a black lady. The black lady is just as trustworthy and loving as a white nanny is, and still we be discriminated against based solely on the color of her skin.

  68. Evelin Velazquez

    The image shows a black woman holding a white baby. One can infer that the image was taken in the 1930’s or the 1940’s because the image is in black and white and back then colored pictures were still not invented. I believe that one of the stories behind this image is that the black woman is the caretaker of the white infant and shes out taking a stroll through town with the baby. The year that this picture was taken is important because if the picture was taken in the present time one would most likley not infer that the black woman works for white people and that she is the white infant’s caretaker. The irony of the picture is that back in the 30’s and 40’s black people were not really trusted and yet white people still let them take care of there babies and there houses.

  69. Alan Vargas

    In this picture you can see an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby in her arms, by the looks of it ( clothing and film quality ) you can tell that this picture was shot back in the 40’s – 50’s were the African American women were contracted as maids and needed to take care of the house and everything in it including the babies when their parents were busy with something else. The irony shown here is that although the Caucasian people back in time had some kind of racism going on they still employed the African American women as maids and actually let them take care of their children when they wouldnt let them take care of somthing else as important. The story here might be that the photographer might of only taken the picture because of the baby but if you look closely he might of had something different in mind but then again it was the times were African Americans were looked down upon.

  70. Jeff Baida

    This photo shows an African American leaning against a wall holding a white baby. This photo was during the 1950s or 1960s. One can tell by the fact that the image was in black and white. Clothing was much more basic in this time period than today. During the 1950s and 1960s, there was segregation between blacks and whites. Whites had schools, bathrooms, and other things exclusively for them and blacks had schools, bathrooms and other things exclusively for them. During this year, there was discrimination that pounded African Americans. In some states, it was very much tolerated. The irony of this photo is that an African American is holding a white boy, when in all reality whites are tearing blacks apart. The African American lady shows a nurturing mother love to the white baby when she is facing much adversity and hard times.

  71. Kendra Cummings

    This photo captures an african woman holding a caucasian baby in the 1940’s- 1950’s. This woman doesn’t seem to like the child that much but doens’t seem to dislike her either. It is ironic, however, that whites considered blacks dirty and full of disease, yet they hired them to take care of their children. These black women also quite often considered the children they took care of as their own. So how is it that that baby will be raised to look down on blacks when she indeed was raised by one? Another point is that whites considered blacks untrustworthy yet they allowed themto work in their homes and make their food. They rely on the hard working people that they hire to make their lives easier but they will look down on them for the rest of their lives. Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  72. Kyrstin Bouchard

    The significance in this photo is that there is an African American woman holding a white baby. I am assuming that this is in the late 1940’s early 1950’s because of the attire being worn and the black and white photo. During this time Africans were still being segregated from the whites, making this picture ironic because most whites during the time looked down upon African Americans and would never even think to hand their child to one. However I believe the story to this picture is a little different than the average. I think that there was a more friendly white family that did not agree with the segregation taking place and took in this woman and she was their nanny. She was able to live happily, but in return she helped out with the children and house chores.

  73. Antonio Solano

    This photography is an African American woman holding a baby. I’m guess this picture was taken around the late 1940s or in the early 1950s. The reason I can tell it was taken around the time is because of how the quality of the image and also because how the women is dressed. Also how I can tell what year the picture is taken at is because of how the background looks. The year it makes a difference because if it was in 2011 it would be the same people but the picture would be a better quality and there would be more detail and with color. The irony of the photograph is that the African American woman is holding the baby and back then the white people thought they were better than them but they still put their trust to take care of their baby. The story of this photograph is that the African American woman went for a walk to buy something from the store to clean and care for her family and she also had to take care of the baby she is holding.

  74. Ailene Lee

    The significance for this picture is to show that there should be no racisim since it is an African American woman holding a caucasian baby. This image seems to be shot when there was still a lot of racism physically shown throughout America, like signs that would say white only and such. It would probably date to the 1930s-1950s and I can tell the year by the black and white photo and by the way she dresses. This year makes a difference becuase a long time ago, black and white people didn’t really make much contact with each other. The ironic thing is that the African American woman is holding a white baby. The story seems as though it’s trying to say stop racism. By showing a woman with brown skin and a child with white skin, it shows that they are not related and that the baby is okay for letting another person of different skin color hold them. Babies don’t make judgements based on looks or skin color. They play with whoever they want without thinking bad thoughts about them. I think this picture is saying not only to end racism, but to show that even though babies are younger than adults, they are unjudgemental towards other people which is how adults should be towards other people.

  75. Lidia Vences

    This photo shows an african american woman is holding a white baby. The image looks like it was shot in the 1930’s-1950’s because of the way she is dressed and because the quality of the picture isn’t so great. The significance of the subject is great because during those years it was not likely to see an african american woman holding a baby unless she was their nanny. Which in this case she most likely was. Also racism was something they dealt with during that time period. The irony is that the woman is african american and the baby is white which can conlclude that she was the nanny of the baby and she also was the one who did the household chores and the cleaning. so she took the white womans job.

  76. Lidia Vences

    This photo shows an african american woman is holding a white baby. The image looks like it was shot in the 1930’2-1950’s because of the way she is dressed and because the quality of the picture isn’t so great. The significance of the subject is great because during those years it was not likely to see an african american woman holding a baby unless she was their nanny. Which in this case she most likely was. Also racism was something they dealt with during that time period. The irony is that the woman is african american and the baby is white which can conlclude that she was the nanny of the baby and she also was the one who did the household chores and the cleaning. so she took the white womans job.

  77. Athena De La Cruz

    This subject is significant because it is an image of an African American woman holding a caucasian baby. The image looks like it was shot around the 1950’s sometime because of the woman’s clothing and the street in the background. The year makes a difference because it shows that the woman is probably part of “the help” and she’s taking care of the child. The irony of this image is that in the 50’s, caucasian families had african american women work in their household and raise their children but yet, they thought they were better than them because of their skin color. They didn’t trust african americans and they couldn’t even use the same bathroom as them but they still hired them to do the jobs that make their lives easier. They were raised by african american women but they still grow up to despise them. The story behind this image is probably that this woman had to go out of the house to run some errands but she still had to take care of this baby. It was probably tiring work so she stopped to rest and lean up against this building.

  78. Brandon Carrasco

    The significance of this picture is a black women holding a white child in a racist america. This image was most likely shot in the 1960’s and I am guessing of the the look of her clothes and the surroundings. The irony is a black women on the streets holding around some white women’s baby in a society that frowns down at even touch between whites and colored people.

  79. James Robinett

    The significance of this photo is that a black woman is holding a white baby, and during the time period, this would be the opposite of the relationship that society had set up for them. This image seems to have been shot in the 40’s or 50’s, this is significant because of the racial discrimination that took place during this time, mainly in the south. The irony in the image is that this woman was most likely hired to take care of the baby, and many white people at the time thought that African-Americans were less human than themselves, and carried diseases, yet they allowed her to watch over their baby. The story behind this picture, most likely, is that this woman is a nanny for this baby and is watching it over while it’s parents are away.

  80. Destiny Wassel

    The significance of this image is that it is an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. I’m assuming this picture was taken around 1940’s or 1950’s because the picture is not only black and white but the quality is not very good. The year that this picture was taken makes a difference because at the time African Americans and other races were being segragated by the Caucasians and it would be ridiculous to even think of letting your (Caucasian) baby lie in the hands of another race. So it is kind of ironic how this African woman would be holding a white baby. I think the story of this image is that the Caucasian baby is being held by the family’s nanny. Instead of owning the African woman as a slave, they own her as a nanny to take care of the children if the parents go out, or need extra help around the house.

  81. Jacob Brown

    The significance of this photo has to do with the fact that the woman is an African American while the baby is Caucasian. Because this photo is in black and white and by the look of the woman’s clothing I would have to say that it was taken around the 1940’s. This year was a time when many people were extremely prejudiced against the African American community. When you take the apparent year into account this picture is extremely ironic because a scene like this would most likely never happen in that time period. The only time I can think that this can happen is if the woman is a slave and she is taking care of the baby.

  82. Michael Stancil

    This picture is displaying an African American woman holding a white baby. The subject of equality sticks out a lot to me in this photo based off of the surroundings of the woman. The surroundings that are displayed are the woman’s style of clothing, the style of the neighborhood, and the automobiles or cars behind her. These surroundings are from the time era in the civil rights movement (1960s).

    The year that this photo was taken makes a difference because of what rights were granted or who could have these rights. During the civil rights movement people came together to prove that everyone wants equal rights, so this picture of an adult African American woman holding a white baby is symbolizing unity of races instead of the diversity there was present before the civil rights movement.

    The irony of this picture is that probably at this time the civil rights movement just ended. Meaning that the rights were finally granted to African Americans, this photo is right after the civil rights movement so this is Unity….finally.

    In conclusion the story of this picture is that unity can happen and when it does it can make a beautiful picture.

  83. Eryk Vaughn

    This picture is significance of this show the every day working man/woman out in the world. It also so the racial tension between blacks and whites during the 1940’s-1950’s. I can tell that this picture that it’s set in that time because of the style of cloths and the image styling. It is quite ironic that a black lady has to care for a white baby. This picture tells the story of this poor woman struggling to make an honest living but is being held back by hate.

  84. Kevin Kunes

    Iz a lady wit a baby! Can’t you see? It’s a big joke! A very pretentious joke. The picture was shot in the very recent past. Maybe yesterday! A grungy and wistful tone has just been fabricated to showcase the gag. And the gag is this.

    THERE IS NO SIGNIFIGANCE! Had it been a white lady with a white baby, none would give it a second thought. Black lady with a black baby would’ve been a boring picture. Good old Robert Frank is toying with us, exploiting a sudo-racist reflex. First we observe, “A mother with a child of a different race?” Then our subconscious reacts “My, what an unusual sight” Next our intellect guesses “This juxtaposition could be because of this photographer’s skill” and Lastly our vanity reasons “this picture is a monument to the struggle of tenderhearted blah blah blah”.

    Rob is just supplying a canvas so we can project the thoughts we have and will not admit to. He’s not actually adding anything to life’s great conversation.

    …. I don’t actually believe any of this, I just thought the responses were getting monotonous.

  85. Lauren Crawford (;

    The significance of the following photo is the fact that a African-American woman is tending to a Caucasian baby. By the colour of the photo, which is B&W, and the surroundings, you can tell that this photo was taken somewhere around the 1950-1960’s era. The year makes a big difference because the content of the picture tells a whole different story based on the time era it was taken in. The irony of this image is that a Black woman is tending to a White baby. The story I can tell from this story is that the Black woman is probably “The Help”. So she basically tends to the children and the house work because segregation was a big factor in the 50’s & 60’s.

  86. Mason Mulholland

    This image was taken in the 1950’s to 1960’s. I can tell this from the image, because of the type of cars in the background. Those kinds of cars remind me of that time in the United States. The way the woman is dressed, and the way her hair is done, also seems like she is from the 50’s. Women now days do no typically wear those types of clothes. The black and white aspect of the picture also gives a feel of older times.
    The year of the picture makes a difference, because it gives the picture and the viewer a feel of that certain time. The viewer may look at the picture with a different perspective knowing when that picture was taken. The year also makes a difference, because it tells the reader why certain objects in the picture are present. The picture has a slight blur to it, and is black and white, which shows that the picture was taken a while back.
    Irony is created by the subjects in the picture. In that era, (for what I think is the 50’s to 60’s)African – Americans faced oppression from white or Caucasians in the United States. The African American women is holding the white baby, showing that this black lady is caring for the white baby. While most white people in that time didn’t care for black people.
    This picture is significant because it gives the viewer question and thought. Why is an African American women holding a white baby? Why photograph A Women carrying a baby leaning on the side of a building? Why not take the picture directly of the woman and a baby, Why at an angle? The significance of the picture is the thoughts and ideas it brings.
    The story that I got from analyzing this photograph, has to do with the woman and the baby waiting. I’m not really sure what they are waiting for, but why else would they be just standing there? The might be waiting for someone, or they might be waiting at a corner for an intersecting cross walk.

  87. Yuriko Koba

    This photo signifies an iconic document of the nation in the 1950s with the racial difference with the woman and baby. My guess this was taken in the 1950s because the clothing and jewelry the woman is wearing seems to be appropriate for that era. Her glasses, earrings, and hairnet points out the conclusion that it was near the 1950s. Also pointing out the cars all lined up in the back ground seem to be a part of the 1950s. I suppose the year this photo was taken is evident because of all the racial clashes that have occurred between these two ethnic groups. The inconsistency of these photos comes from within the racial differences. The African American woman is trying to support a young Caucasian baby. But during this time many Caucasian adults were discriminate against African American people. The photos establish a story within it, proving that this African American has a heart for this baby despite all the comments and consequences. This African American woman reveals her motherly like instincts and takes action by caring for this baby despite its race.

  88. Anoothi Seth

    The subject matter of this photo, an African American woman and a Caucasian child, are significant because they illustrate a contrast. The black and white editing of the photo makes this contrast far greater. Were the woman and the child of the same ethnicity, or were this picture taken in full color, this contrast would be less noticeable or not there at all. The way that this photo is taken, from the black and white editing to the background choice, only makes the African American’s dark skin tone more obvious. Her skin color is arguably the first thing one would notice about this picture.

    Based on the clothing and accessories of both the woman and the child, one can infer that this image was taken some time between the 1940’s and the 1950’s. More evidence of this time frame can be seen in the cars in the background of the image. The models are fairly old in comparison to today’s cars but fairly advanced in comparison with some of the first cars made available to the common person.

    Because this picture was taken some time between the 1940’s – 1950’s, its message is much stronger. The idea of an African American woman holding a Caucasian child in public was, at the time, an almost unthinkable concept. If an average person were to see this same situation today, he/she would think nothing of it, because this is a time when African Americans are not segregated from Caucasians. However, in the 1940’s – 1950’s, a time when Blacks and White were very much segregated, this image would have caused great controversy.

    It is ironic, though, that such an image would have caused controversy because at the time, most African American women were domestic workers, such as nannies or maids. And even though, back then, most whites believed Blacks to be inferior and unworthy of using the same restrooms, drinking fountains, restaurants, etc. as whites, they allowed the same African Americans to care for their children and homes.

    In the end, this picture tells the story of an African American woman caring for a child, with no concern for the fact that the child is obviously not of the same ethnicity.

  89. Brad Bell

    The significance of this photo is that there is an old African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. This picture was most likely taken in the 1930s or 40s, or it could be a recent, posed picture. Art is interpreted by the viewer, so many different things can be going on in this picture in they eyes of different people. I think that the picture was taken in the early nineteen hundred because in the background you can see older model automobiles, black women were often hired to take care of white peoples’ babies when they were busy in the 1930s, the clothing that the woman is wearing is of an older style, and the picture is black and white and rather grainy, leading me to believe that the picture was taken before cameras were more developed. The year is significant because it was a time when blacks were oppressed by white men and there was much segregation in America. The woman was probably holding the baby for a white family. The woman could either be a slave or simply a nanny, depending on how you look at the picture. This picture is ironic because you don’t often see this image, and it could possibly be a symbol that black and white unity is soon to come.

  90. David Astorga

    The significance it that there is an African American woman holding a Caucasian Baby, we as people viewing this image doesn’t know if she is a friend or a nanny. This image look like it was shot in the 1940’s – 1960’s. The reason I think this is because of the clothes the woman is wearing, the streets and the cars. The year also makes a difference, because back in that time era segregation was a big issue. The irony of this photo is that she was African American , but yet she is taking care of a Caucasian Baby, which is very odd, because at this time Caucasian People thought they were better than African Americans and they thought African Americans were lower than them. The story of this picture(In my opinion) is that the African American woman was the “help” or nanny for a Caucasian family and she had to take care of the baby

  91. Kristina Zetzsche

    The significance of the subject matter could be racism. The image looks like it was shot in the 1960’s because of the way the black woman is dressed and the cars in the background look like they are from an earlier time. The year makes a difference because equal rights were not always the law or even accepted as the law. The irony of this image is the black woman is holding a white baby. The story from this picture is some white person who was perhaps not racist knew this woman and trusted her with her baby.

  92. Kalin Moore

    The significance of this video is that an African American women is holding an American bald baby. This photo was taken maybe around the 1950s, which I can tell becouse first off it is a black and whit photo. Also that the type of clothes they are wearing, the style of the clothes was worn around that era. I think it is ironic because a black women is holding a white baby, and around that time, black and white were never together. The year makes a difference because segregation was huge at that time, whites and blacks never mixed. The irony is a black nanny is caring for a white bald baby. The story is that the black women was the nanny for a white family, and was taking care of the baby.

  93. Camille Werner

    This picture illustrates a white baby being held by a older African American lady. This image could have been shot inbetween the 1940’s to the 1960’s and i can infer this because the picture is in black and white and by the clothes she’s wearing. The story of this image is that the lady holding the baby could be his nanny or his families maid. The significance of this picture is the contrast of the black and white, color wise and also in a racial aspect having to do with the seperation in that time period.

  94. Ian Hendrick

    The image is showing a woman with black skin holding a baby with white skin while leaning against a wall. The picture may have been taken in the early 60’s. The year plays a key role in the significance of the image because in the 60’s segregation was still existent and black women were mistreated in the south specifically. They would work in the south as housekeepers and nannies, taking care of the white children. This also shows the irony in the image. The irony is that black women would work as nannies and take care of the white children for families that mistreated them and would teach their child to do the same. The story behind this image is a sad one filled with hatred. The story dates back to before the United States most deadly war in history. The story starts with one word: slavery.

  95. Emanuel Cardona

    This picture shows us an African American lady holding a Caucasian baby.This picture may have been taken between the 1940’s and the 1950’s, I believe this because between those years blacks were hired to be maids or caretakers for white families. I also believe it was between these years because even though the cars are blurry you can sort of make out the shape of an old car, like the ones they use to drive back then in those years. The year makes a big difference because back then in those years blacks were segregated and hated by white people. The irony of this photo is that it is taken in black and white and the lady is black and the child is white and that white people didn’t care much for black people yet some hired them to take care of their children instead of hiring another white person to watch their children. The story to this image is that a black lady is taking care of a white baby and then she decided to step outside to get some fresh air or maybe they are waiting for the babie’s parents outside a restaurant or store where blacks aren’t allowed.

  96. Maegan Carriger

    In this photograph, you can see an African American lady holding a white baby. I would guess that picture was taken around the 1950s. You may be able to tell from how the women is dressed, how her hair is done, old cars in the background, and because the picture is in black and white. What’s ironic about this image is that in the 1950s, black men and women were looked down on. It was the white people who called the African Americans different, and said they were not as good as whites, and were never really together. But, in this picture, the black women is with the white baby. This makes the viewer think that the parents most likely were not racist. The story of the photo could possibly be them could be waiting for someone/something, or she could be taking care of the baby. Overall, the significance is that in the picture, racism is not that big of a factor to the woman, or perhaps the baby’s parents.

  97. Sadie Stanton

    This specific photograph is of an African American woman holding a very young Caucasian baby. This photo was taken in the ‘50s, probably somewhere in the South where it was more common to have African American house maids or nannies. In the ‘50s, African Americans got the jobs that no one else really wanted; like being factory workers. So in this time period a majority of African American women worked in homes, took care of children, and did the busy work for the wives and mothers. This picture depicts the mind set of our society in that era.
    I can obviously tell that this photo was taken back then because of the quality of the picture, the way the women and the baby are dressed, the glasses she’s wearing, the photo is black and white, and the design of the cars parked on the street behind them. This is a very powerful photograph because it shows how our country and society once was; where African Americans were looked at as lesser in the population just because of the color of their skin.
    The irony in this photograph is that back then African Americans were looked down upon, a lot of the times unacknowledged, and were often thought of as bad people; but yet we see that a mother has put her full trust in this African American woman to watch her child. The mother has probably gone into a store that the nanny can’t go into because of the color of her skin, so she is waiting outside with the child. Times have sure changed.

  98. Marnie Vaughan

    This image is signifying the relationship between African American women and white children at the time that this photo was taken. Judging by the lack of hue and saturation of the picture, as well as the woman’s apparel and the cars not he street, one could guess that this picture was taken around the late 1940’s- early 1950’s. The year that this was taken is important because it is an accurate portrayal of the way things were at the time. African American women were often hired as mother’s helpers for caucasian families at the time, raising the children and looking after the house, while the real mothers tended to other things that needed to be done. The irony of this image is that at the time, African American women were not looked upon with as much respect as they should’ve been, and they sometimes were not even treated as real people; and yet, the mothers hired them for one of the most important jobs that required immense amounts of trust: taking care of and raising their children. This image portrays an example of the typical task that a maid would have to do at the time, taking the child outside for a walk for example. This woman would do everything that the real mother did not.

  99. Sarah Douglas

    This significance of this photo is that an African American woman is holding and caring for a Caucasian baby. I’m guessing the image was shot in the 1940’s or 1950’s because the model of the cars, clothing, and buildings in the picture seem to go with that era. In those days, African Americans were discriminated and often worked for Caucasians as housekeepers, civil workers, and nannnies. This is ironic because even though Africans were looked down on, white people put trust in them to raise their children. The nannies/housekeepers would often do what a mother is expected to do while the biological mothers did whatever they wanted and did not have much contact with their children. Also, even though they children were raised by African Americans, they were expected to still treat them as un-equals and such when they got older. This photo’s story could be that the woman is taking a stroll with the child while the mother is out or that they are with the mother and she is shopping in a store that the nanny could not go in.

  100. Victoria Bonds

    Judging from the clothing style of the woman and the blurred old fashion cars in the background I would have to say this picture was taking in the 1950’s. During this time period African Americans had little rights and were not treated equality. It appears as if the African American is waiting outside a store with the child while its parents shop. This picture is ironic because white people segregate African Americans yet, they let them care for their children. If this were today the story might be just a mom holding her adopted child, a relative or of a friend’s child.

  101. Lorrie Lynn

    This image, judging by the clothing, and buildings and cars in the background, was shot in the 1940’s or 50’s. The picture is especially eye catching because it shows an African American woman holding a Caucasian child. Obviously there is more difference here besides the racial contrast, and it is a surprising image because back in that time, African American’s were discriminated against, and Caucasians would not normally associate with them unless hiring African Americans to work for them. This image is ironic because it implies that a Caucasian parent left their child in the care of someone they normally look down on. They trust the person that they will not sit next to on the bus, or go to the same restaurant with on any other occasion. The woman may be a nanny playing the role of mother as the biological mother was maybe shopping, in a meeting, or eating lunch.

  102. Ella Rae Svete

    The significance that this subject matter has is that someone looking at this photo might automatically assume that it is not her child, and she is most likely being a nanny. This photo seems to have been taking in the 1950’s, I am basing this off of the attire of the woman, and the cars on the street. During this time there was much racial segregation going on. This woman may have had to leave her own family to go take care of this child, even though the parent’s of the baby might not allow her to use their bathroom. This picture is rather ironic considering at that time African-American’s had to use a different water fountain then everyone else, but yet they were trusted to raise someone else’s child. The story behind this photo seems to be that the women is taking care of a baby who is of a different race and she is taking the baby out for a stroll around town. She could be taking a rest and thinking about how her day is or what other things she must do that day. This women is raising a child, but does not get any credit for it. This picture brings up many racial situations that have occurred in the past.

  103. Michael Morales

    The image above is a contrasting scene between the different races of people living in (I’m guessing) the 1950’s. I’m not really much much of a fashion expert, but based off the woman’s outfit and the out of focus cars in the background, I can say it was taken from around that time. Racism was big in America up until the 1960’s so the picture does make a pretty strong statement for the time being. The sense of irony in the image is that the African American woman appears to be caring for the Caucasian child, rather than rejecting it like the two races did at the time. Perhaps the story of this odd couple is that child was abandoned or left behind, and the woman above chose to care for and nurture it. Also, the photographer taking the picture could have seen this as an opportunity to show that people, regardless of race, could care for and help each other out.

  104. Omar Martinez

    this picture has African American woman is holding a white baby in her arms. This image was shot in black and white, so this must have been around late 1940’s to mid 1950’s. i can only assume this because of the surroundings and the faded cars in the back. Why does the year make a difference in this picture, well around this time most blacks were still segregated and it was common for ladies to raise a baby of a white family. As the child grew he is taught to think differently upon them, even if they were raised by that person. yeah and i honestly can see the story behind it.

  105. Maria Celeste Juarez

    The significance of this photograph is segregation. This image is as if it were taken between 1940 and 1960. The way i was able to infer these years is because between these years it was the time of segregation. The image behind the woman and the child shows the cars lined up and the cars look older as if they were from those years. This year makes a big difference because this picture shows much meaning then then it does now. It makes you think about it much more, especially since it is a black woman is holding a caucasion child. between the years of 1940 and 1960 this was a big statement you would not see this very often which makes a statement, if you were to look at this picture in those years you would focus more on the child and the woman and wonder why this is so. The irony of this image is that the afican american woman is holding the caucasion child. The irony behind this is that this would not be seen much during these times, the child is not aware of what is happening and what was ment by this. The story behind this image may be that the african american woman may be taking care of this caucasion baby. The time this photograph was taken may have been having to do with the racism that was going on during this time period. Its simply a statement.

  106. Francisco Vega

    This pictures shows a caring nurse to me. It is a nurse who wants to save the little girls life because I think she has cancer or another disease. She has no hair and her facial expression shows pain. The nurse is also sad becasue she can’t save the poor girls life. It is a sad picture that holds hundreds of emotions. This is what I believe is the story of the picture. I believe that this image was shot a long time ago because it is in black and white but I can be wrong. I see no irony in the picture. It is a Afican American women holding a caucasion kid. This picture has much singificance because if it is old, people would opress african american people and then this pictures has so much significance that it is mind blowing.

  107. Sean Anthony

    The subjects are very significant; an African American woman, dressed in white is holding a white baby. They are standing against a white and grey wall, causing her to pop out. Based on the apparel of the woman and the style of cars in the background, this image was taken in the 20th century, probably during the 40’s or 50’s. The year is important because during this time African Americans were marginalized and faced social and political discrimination. The woman is obviously an outcast, represented by her dark skin against the whiteness of everything else. The irony is that although African Americans were discriminated against, they were often maids and would take care of the children of the very people who were against them. I think the story is that this woman is waiting outside a store for her employer and the mother of the child she is holding. The woman holding the child looks weary and bitter.

  108. Simon Christie

    The significance of this image is most likely that a black woman is holding a white baby. This image looks like it was taken around the 40’s or 50’s because of the color of the image and the fact that around that time black women often worked as maids and nannies. The year makes a difference because it was in the 40’s and 50’s that black women worked as nannies and it was a time when they were looked down upon. If this photo had been taken today most people would just assume he was adopted or she was watching because she knew the parents. The irony of this image is that a white child is left in the care of an African American woman who would have been thought of as inferior to Caucasians during this time. This picture probably tells the story of a African American nanny sometime in the 50’s watching a white persons child.

  109. Breanna Flinn

    This image was shot in the 50s or 60s because of the clothing, cars, and buildings. It’s significant because the Civil Rights movement hadn’t happened yet. The irony or this image was that It’s a black and white image of a black lady holding a white baby. This would’ve been frowned upon in the past, when this picture was taken. wadays, we don’t think anything of it.The story of this picture is that this woman was probably the nanny and maid for some person, taking care of their child.

  110. Keldon Schmitt

    The significance of this photo is that an African American is holding a Caucasian baby. This image was shot somewhere in between 1945 and1955 based on the style of glasses and the cars in the background. The year makes a difference because there was still racial tension at the time of the photo. The irony of this image is the woman, probably this babies nanny is closer to the baby the his/her parents, yet this women in the picture is still judged and made fun of. It seems to be a nanny taking care of a business woman’s baby, probably waiting out side of her work place.

  111. Andrew Miech Period 2

    I believe this image was shot in the 1950’s, maybe early 1960 because of the clothing and also what I believe this image is of. The year makes a difference because this is what I believe to be an image of an African American woman caring for a rich Caucasian women’s child. I believe this is during the civil rights era where this kind of thing was a common one. Rich Caucasians hired African Americans as cheap assisters known as the help. The help often raised the baby and cherished them almost to a point of being their own. They taught the children things their parents wouldn’t and they took care of the child. There is no real irony in this image because it simply shows life in the 1950’s and how African Americans were often hired to raise the white’s children.

  112. Celine Gomez

    Period 2
    The significant of this image is that its old image shot in the early 1940’s late 1950’s. I think it was shot during this time because it’s an African American wearing a nanny uniform holding a white baby and around this time African Americans raised the children they were paid to watch as their own because their parents were always busy. I think the year makes a little of a difference because back then it was normal for an African American to raise a rich families child. This image is kind of ironic because back then around that time segregation was around and obviously whites didn’t want to be around blacks, but yet in this image a black woman is raising a white family’s child. The story of this picture I think that it’s a women walking down the neighborhood for some fresh air and waiting for the bus to take her back home to the rich families home.

  113. Austin Hunt

    In the picture it shows a portrait of an African American lady holding a white baby. The picture looks like it was shot in 1950’s or 1960’s. It portrays that the time period was during an era of racism towards people. The irony of this picture is that African American people didn’t have many rights in that time period. But the lady is taking care of the baby so I guess the parent of the child trusts the lady enough. Even though there was much controversy in that time.

  114. brandon chandler period 2

    the significant part of the photo is that there is a African American holding a white baby during the time where African Americans were pushed out of socity. i think the image was shot during the 1950’s or so becuase of the cloths she is wearing and the blurry image of the cars in the background.
    the year makes a difference because if it was shot in the 21st century it would not be looked down upon like it was in the 50’s. there is a African American holding a white baby in public. how some lady defies the laws ageist her race and stands out.

  115. June Pederson

     I think this is significant because of the irony and the message it sends.
     I think it was shot in the 50’s or 60’s because if you look in the background you can see really nice old cars. If you look hard enough you can also see an old timey street sign. The photo is also kind of fuzzy, so that leads me to belive it was taken with film.
     The year makes a huge difference because at this time in American history, African Americans were being segregated, the woman in the photo might have been the nanny of a rich white family.
     Like I said before, it brings in segregation, the two people in this image are black and white, and so is the film of the camera being used.
     Like I said before the woman in the photo might have been the little kids/families nanny. The woman seems like a good and trust worthy person, because people are trusting her with there child’s life.

  116. Cameron Karbum

    At first glance this image, to the modern eye, has no apparent significance, just an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. But if you look at it more in depth you can tell it is shot in the 50’s because of the clothing and mainly because it is black and white. Now you can have a different perspective because back then a majority of Caucasian people were prejudice and it is ironic because a African American is holding a Caucasian baby. Now day’s people have advanced and a majority of people are not prejudice so this is normal in a modern society. But 60 years ago this is ironic because Caucasian people were prejudice of the African American yet they rely o them to care for the children. I believe the story behind this image is even though it was taken in a prejudice time period the two races of people came together in special ways. I know of many stories were an African American women from the 50’s would basically love the Caucasian child as if it was her own.

  117. Camden Mahoney

    From the image I can estimate it was taken sometime in the 1950’s or 60’s. This can be inferred not just from the black and white of the photo, but the graininess which modern cameras do not have. Other than that, the woman’s clothing, and the cars parked on the street in the background give me some clue as to the era. This is significant because before and during the civil rights movement, the entire country, but especially the south, treated black people as second class citizens, in the south they served in the servant class, and lower class labor positions, they were segregated, not allowed to vote, and generally could not speak to a white person with anything but reverence and respect, or face serious consequences. In this time period, most well off white families had an African American nanny to take care of their children. The irony of this is that although these nannies basically raise the children, and care for them more than their parents do, the children would grow up and look down on black people as inferior just as much as their parents. It is also ironic because even though they looked down on them, and were generally distrustful of them, white people entrusted black people with the care of their children. The story of this picture is the struggle that every black nanny of that time had, to care and love for a child, knowing that although now it is pure, it will one day grow to hate you, it’s mind poisoned by a terrible society. This forlorn hopelessness, yet resilience and strength in the face of it can be seen in the woman’s face.

  118. Christian Martinez

    What is significance about this picture is that there is a black women holding a white baby and it looks as if it took place in the 1950’s when black people were discriminated from everyone else. This image looks like it was shot in the 1950’s or 60’s because of how the background is and the way the lady is dress, she look’s like she just finished getting off her job and is holding this little white baby. This year makes a difference because back then white people were racial towards black people and the fact that she is holding a white baby would cause a huge commotion because there two different types of skin colors. The ironic part of this picture is that white people made the African Americans look bad and had separate school bathrooms and they couldn’t share with the white people but here they have this lady taking care of a white child. The story from this picture is that the lady is either taking care of someone else’s kid or raising it while the parents are out working or doing their own thing.

  119. Julia Valdivia period 2

    The significance of this image is that it’s showing the story of the 1940’s and 50’s. I say that the image was shot in those times because of the clothing they’re wearing, the cars in the back round, the buildings, and their faces expressions. During those two eras it was very unusual to see two different races together, unless you worked for them. I mentioned their face expressions because I noticed how serious and kind of sad the woman was. The irony of this picture is that an African American was holding and caring for a Caucasian baby because at the time these two races didn’t usually socialize with one another. At the time of those two decades African Americans and other races were discriminated because of their skin color. Caucasians didn’t usually associate themselves with other races unless they were going to hire them. So to have an image of an African American holding a Caucasian baby is a huge deal because it showed that a Caucasian woman left an African American to care for her baby. If the picture was taken now it wouldn’t be a big deal because it’s normal now to have multiple races to be among each other and socialize with one another.

  120. Sage Blundell

    Looking at the background, clothing and quality of this picture this picture was taken during the 40’s and 50’s. African Americans were miss treated during this time and that is why this picture is so significant. The photographer who took this image makes me wonder and think about whether or not they were african american. This time is very important because african americans didnt have rights and she was probably was a nanny or maybe a slave for a family that had this baby. You can make up so many stories for this.

  121. Carla Ruiz Period 4

    I think the significance of the picture is saying that it doesn’t matter if the baby is Caucasian and the woman is African American. I’m guessing the image was shot sometime around the 50’s. The year makes a difference because if it was the same picture but taken today then it would be normal but since it was taken around when racism was big and it changes everything. I think the irony is that the woman does not even care that the baby is Caucasian but it seems she does care for the baby. The story looks like maybe the woman takes care of the baby and is the baby’s family’s maid or nanny.

  122. Alicia Martinez per.4

    This imagine is of an African American holding a white child. This photo may have been taken around the 1940’s-1960 based on the clothes and the scenery around. The year makes a huge difference because back then African Americans were treated as if they were no one’s. So to have your child be with an African American the date must have been later on after martin Luther king jr. I believe the story behind the imagine is no matter what age or skin color you are people are people and it shouldn’t matter about race or anything.

  123. Kaelani Medina Period 4

    I think the significance of this photo is that it shows how it does not matter what color you are we all are human and should be able to live and trust each other. I think the image was shot around 1960. I think this because of the cars, clothes, and some of the scenery. The year makes a difference because people used to discriminate more prominently then they do now. I think there is irony in this picture because people used to look down on people who were not the same color as they were and having a black woman with a white baby was not accepted then. I think the story might be that the woman holding the baby might be a nanny who the parents of the child trust to take care of there child when they are not able to.

  124. Marie Strohman Per 4

    This image is significant because it shows the time of segregation and racism against so many people. This image was shot at the time of segregation, you can tell because there is an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby, because of the way they are dressed and the way the picture looks, you can see it was in the past. The year makes a difference because it shows how times and traditions have changed. The story from this picture is probably something like the woman worked for the baby’s family.

  125. James Liwanag

    Depending on what the subject is about you cant really analyze the significance without a subject to elaborate on. This image seems to be shot during the civil rights movement. The shot seems to be during the civil rights movement because of the dress attire and the professional look. Again the year makes a major difference because of the scene of time, whether it be civil rights movement or present day. I really do not see any irony with this image. The story i see from the picture seems to be a Mother or Nurse or Caregiver is taking care of a baby.

  126. Devin McCree Per 4

    The significance is that an African-American woman is holding a white baby. This photo was shot in the late-50’s early-60’s, you can tell by the cars, the clothes, and the style of the buildings and architecture. This era had a lot of controversy and chaos revolving around segregation, prejudice, discrimination, and inequality of African-Americans and white people. This is ironic because it shows an African-American woman holding a white baby in a time when the two were segregated and were not seen as equal. Perhaps this image shows an African-American woman taking care of a white baby and looking for its’ mother or guardian, who she can’t find; now it appears as she is just waiting for the guardian to find her to claim their baby.

  127. James Liwanag

    Depending on what you want us talk about for the subject matter? Like is there a specific topic you want us to compare the image to? For me when i try to come with a significance i can just come up with a lady holding a baby. This image seems to be shot around the 50s and 60s civil rights movement era. I can tell the year due to the dress attire. The year can make a difference because depending what the subject at hand is we could write and analyzation depending on present day or past. For me this Image has no irony, it seems just like a picture of a lady holding a baby, unless the picture is trying to prove something else? The story again seems to me just a lady taking care of a young baby.

  128. Daniel Ziegler

    The photo is in black and white yet there is a black women holding a white child. This is what stands out to me, I dont know exactly when color film came into play but this photo is resembling that fight between colors.

  129. Kaelani Medina Period 4

    The significance of this photo is that it shows how it does not matter what color you are we all are human and should be able to live and trust each other. I think the image was shot around 1960. I think this because of the cars, clothes, and some of the scenery. The year makes a difference because people used to discriminate more prominently then they do now. I think there is irony in this picture because people used to look down on people who were not the same color as they were and having a black woman with a white baby was not accepted then. I think the story might be that the woman holding the baby might be a nanny who the parents of the child trust to take care of there child when they are not able to.

  130. Kaleb Kunes

    The significance of this image is that its showing how it doesn’t matter if your black or white, we are all equal. This image could have been taken at any point of time but if there was no editing included then probably in the early 1900’s is when this was taken. You an tell by the way the woman is dressed and the background look kind of retro. Also the whole black and whites are equal thing was in the 1900’s. The irony is a black lady is holding a white baby when they were not even allowed to use the same drinking fountain at the time. The story is how blacks and whites are all the same in rights.

  131. Rosie Tufte Period 4

    The subject matter of this particular image is the African American women holding the Caucasian baby. I believe that this picture was taken in the 1950s to 1960s because of the way that the African American women is dresses and just her overall expression in her face – which I believe is neutral towards the baby. The year makes a difference because of how much was going on between African Americans and Caucasians during that time period which is also what the irony of this image is. I believe that the story behind this image is that the African American woman is basically becoming the mother of that child. I believe this because the parents of that child might be paying this women a low salary to take care of the baby so they can carry on with their regular lives

  132. Carleigh Cameron

    The significance of this image is that the subject contains an older African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. Due to prejudice at this predictable time era it is significant that a believed lesser race would be holding a believed to be a greater race Caucasian child. This image judging by the clothing and background was probably taken during or just before the Civil Rights Movement. The year makes a difference because if this picture was taken today it would be viewed as a woman holding a baby. The race would (or at least should not) be a significance to the photo whatsoever. The irony is that of an African American woman holding a child that is Caucasian during a time period where the two races would not normally be seen together. The story behind the photograph is a Nurse or perhaps Nanny is taking care of a baby in a setting where perhaps it was acceptable to do so despite the time period.

  133. Kylie Spencer

    I believe that the image was taken during the 1960’s because the African-American woman is holding a Caucasian baby. It looks like she is a nanny for the baby, after slavery was abolished lots of African Americans didn’t know what to do with their new freedom and so they got jobs. Sadly many of the workers still didn’t get the respect they deserved for their hard work and were abused by their bosses. I believe that the picture is very interesting and has some of America’s History in it.

  134. Vicente Reyes Period 1

    The significance of the image is that it seems to be shot during a time where racism was in place and the African American woman is holding a seemingly white baby. The image looks like it was shot in the 50’s because it is black and white, the clothing looks like it is from that era, and the cars in the background are definetly from the 50’s. The year makes a difference because racism was a lot more present in the 50’s. The irony is that a black woman is holding a white child which is not a bad thing today but would have been back then. It seems like the story behind this image is that the lady is trying to make a statement.

  135. Caitlin Hurst from Period 1

    The image seems to have been shot during the civil rights era, however the cars and buildings in the back are out of focus and it is difficult to tell. The image show a black woman holding a white child, she seems to be in some kind of uniform. She could be a nurse or the child’s nanny. It is significant because even though white adults looked down upon black people, they still hired them to raise their children. In the movie “The Help” white children had more of a connection to their black nannies than their white parents. It is ironic because the white children loved the black help and they didn’t care about the color of their skin, and the parents would want their children to grow up with a hatred of black people. Also, white people despised black people and yet they would still hire them to raise their children. The black woman in this image is most likely the child’s care taker, she probably spends more time with the child than the mother does, yet the mother looks down on the nanny.

  136. Claire Youngerman

    At first glance it looks like the image is shot in the 50’s. The African American’s clothing looks as though she is a maid or a house cleaner. The significance of this image is that this white baby is not the women’s child but this baby was left with this woman. In those days the Caucasian child would be raised by the maid instead of the mother. The irony of this image is that African Americans were not allowed to go to the same stores, bathrooms, even the same water fountains as Caucasian people. However they are trusted with a Caucasian child. The story of the picture is the woman taking care of this baby has a smile on her face, she seems happy to have this little human in her arms. This woman may have children of her own but has to spend her days taking care of another woman’s baby. The child in the photo looks perfectly content having this woman holding her even though it is not her own mother. This picture shows how life was back in the day and how people today would normally not see this.

  137. Delaney Warren

    I think the significance of this photo is that at first glance, one may assume that the baby does not belong to the woman. One may think that this photo was taken back in the 50s or 60s when African-Americans were commonly hired to take care of the wealthy Caucasian family’s babies. It’s kind of hard to tell when this picture was taken, but I think it was shot more recently. Probably in the 2000s. I can tell because, even though the cars in the background are pretty fuzzy, they look like modern cars. The year makes a difference because it makes you realize that the baby is probably the woman’s baby and that the woman actually isn’t the baby’s nanny. I think this image is ironic because just a few decades ago, an African-American woman would not have a white baby. Today, it’s not that uncommon. I think the story from this image is that the African-American woman married a Caucasian man, and they had a baby. The woman’s husband dropped her and their baby off at the store one day, and when she was done shopping, she went outside, set her bags down, and leaned against the wall while waiting for her husband to pick them up.

  138. Kaily Wolff

    I think this picture was shot in the 1940’s or 50’s. I can tell this by the type of clothing and type and overhangs of the buildings behind the lady. In those days color of skin did matter and was a very judgmental factor of a person. Assuming that the white child is not the black lady’s child, the story behind this image is harsh. My guess is that this white Caucasian child was left on the streets for anyone to find. This black lady stumbled upon it and took the child into her arms not caring what others would think about the differences of skin color. In the 1940’s and on it took great courage to be or make any sort of contact with the opposite skin color.

  139. Devan Peterson

    The significance of this image is that it shows an African American woman holding a white baby during a time period where racial discrimination was widespread. Based on what the woman is wearing, this photograph was probably taken in the 1950’s. The year is significant not only because of the predjudice of the time period, but it is also in the middle of the Martin Luther King Jr. era. This woman could be the child’s nanny, and is simply just watching the baby over the course of the day. It is ironic to note that the baby and the nanny show no predjudice. Maybe the artist chose the baby for the woman to hold, because this shows that is the uncorrupt baby shows no predjudice, then why should adults?

  140. Shane Walden

    The image is of an african american women that is holding a white baby in her arms. The image must have been shot during the 1940’s because it is in black and white and the cars in the background appear to be very old. The year the image was shot is important because a lot of racism was present during that time period. It surprised me because you wouldnt normally see an african american lady holding a white baby during that time period because people thought less of afican americans and the were discriminated. The image is very interesting because it tells a little bit of american history.

  141. Shelly Boyd

    This image looks as if it was shot in the olden days, you can tell by the color of the picture and the types of clothes that the woman is wearing. It is very significant because the African American woman is holding a white baby. Especially, because back in that time period, people were very racist, so it shows a sense of irony. The irony in this image is that the African American lady seems to be caring for this child, when the parents of that child, have no respect for the women. But I think that maybe those people were able to look past the color of their skin, and be able to get along.

  142. Devan Peterson

    The significance of this image is that it shows an African American woman holding a white baby during a time period where racial discrimination was widespread. Based on what the woman is wearing, this photograph was probably taken in the 1950’s. The year is significant not only because of the predjudice of the time, but also because it is in the middle of the Martin Luther King Jr. era. This woman bould be the child’s nanny, and is just watching the baby over the course of the day. It is ironic to note that the baby and the woman show no predjudice. Maybe that is why the artist chose a baby for the woman to hold. This shows that if a uncorrupt baby isn’t predjudice, then why should adults be?

  143. Katrina Hayek

    Well this image is of an African American woman holding a white baby. It’s significant because the color of your skin was a very big topic. People were very judgmental. I think this picture may have been shot around the mid 1900s because it was shot in black and white because of the clothing and cars in the background. The year makes a difference because you were judged on what you were back then. I don’t really see any irony, but African Americans were discriminated against and she is holding one of the white children. It could be anything but I think the child could have been left behind and the lady decided to care for the child, or the woman could have been a nanny or something.

  144. Devan Peterson

    The significance of this image is that it shows an African American woman holding a white baby during a time period where racial discrimination was widespread. Based on what the woman is wearing, this photograph was probably taken in the 1950’s. The year is significant not only because of the prejudice of the time, but also because it is in the middle of the Martin Luther King Jr. era. This woman could be the child’s nanny, and is just watching the baby over the course of the day. It is ironic to note that the baby and the woman show no prejudice. Maybe that is why the artist chose a baby for the woman to hold. This shows that if a uncorrupt baby isn’t prejudice, then why should adults be?

  145. Katrina Hayek

    Well this image is of an African American woman holding a white baby. It’s significant because the color of your skin was a very big topic. People were very judgmental. I think this picture may have been shot around the mid 1900s because it was shot in black and white because of the clothing and cars in the background. The year makes a difference because you were judged on what you were back then. I don’t really see any irony, but African Americans were discriminated against and she is holding a white child. It could be anything but I think the child could have been left behind and the lady decided to care for the child, or the woman could have been a nanny or something.

  146. Aaron Hooks

    This Image reminds me of the book and movie “The Help” it was about an African American lady who worked for a Caucasian family. The Image is significant because thats how it was during that time in history. Maids did the cleaning, cooking, shopping, and cared for the babies. Now mothers take their kids to babysitters or care for them . The irony is how, when the baby is young s/he doesn’t care about the color of their caretakers, but when they grew up society said it wasn’t right for the two colors to mix during the 40’s or 50’s.

  147. Shane Walden

    The photo is of a african american lady holding a white baby in her arms.I think this photo was shot during the 1940’s because the photo is in black and white and the cars in the background appear to be very old. The time that this was shot is significant because there was a lot of racial discrimination during that time period so it is sort of ironic that an african american lady is holding a caucasian baby. The picture is very interesting because it tells a little bit of american history.

  148. Aaron Hooks

    This image reminds me of the book and movie “The Help” it was about an African American woman who cared for a Caucasian family. This image was shot in the 40’s or 50’s, but now people send their kids to babysitters of care for their children themselves. The irony of this image is that while the baby is young s’he won’t care what color his/her caretaker is but when they grow up society tells them they shouldn’t mix with colored individuals. The significance of this image is very great because this is how it was back in history.

  149. Trevor O'Keefe

    Based on this image i would say it was taken around the 1940’s because of the photo being taken in black and white, and the clothes they are wearing. The year makes a difference because back then not everybody was equal, and treated equal. The irony of this photo is that a African American women is holding a caucasian baby. Back in those times African American women usually were servants for caucasians. This picture is describing the horrible time of racism and violence to African Americans and was one of the worst times in America’s past. The women is taking care of the baby, the only thing she can really do for work.

  150. Luke Stowell Period 2

    I think the significance of this image is that it shows trust and equality. What caught my eye was that it was an elderly black woman holding a small white child. This photo was shot in a lighter black and white setting in what looks like a city area. This could possibly be outside of a hospital. This makes a difference by showing how race doesn’t matter for love. I think this because the white child doesn’t look sad about the black woman holding her and the black woman doesn’t look bothered holding a white baby. I think the irony of this picture is that in the 50’s and 40’s this was deeply frowned upon. The story of this could be anything.

  151. Elise Dosch

    The significance is that a African American women is holding a Caucasian baby. It reminds me of the movie The Help. The black women is basically the mother of the child. The child’s parents let her take care of the baby, their precious child but then African Americans do not have equal rights and are not respected. This picture was probably filled in the 1950s. The year makes a difference because in this day and age African Americans have equal rights. The irony is that the African Americans are not respected by Caucasians but then the parents trust the African American women to take care of their children. The story is that the African American women is taking care of the child and the child believes that the lady is his or her mother.

  152. McKenna Cole

    I feel like maybe this image was shot in the 50’s or 60’s because of their clothes. The year dose not really makes a difference because it also could have been shot this year because you can easily buy clothes that look like that. I think maybe the irony of this is that the child is white and the care taker is black. I have no clue what the story would be.

  153. Ashleigh Secor

    The significance of the image is of an African American woman holding a Caucasian baby. This image was shot around the 50’s & 60’s era due to the glasses that the woman is wearing, as well as her clothing and her hair, also by what the baby is wearing. The year makes a difference because it was the era of discrimination and the Civil Rights movement. The story of this image is that discrimination is ridiculous, the baby didn’t care, the baby looked happy, it’s showing that the new generation didn’t listen to the horrible ideals of society because they knew it was wrong.

  154. Colin Brown

    The significance of this image is that it is an African American woman with a Caucasian baby. This image was shot in the 1950’s or 40’s. The year is important because there was much racism and segregation back then. The irony of this image is that African Americans were not seen as equal at that time but Caucasian people would let them take care of and raise there children. The story of this image is that the African American woman has raised the child as her own and the baby sees her as the mother.

  155. Sophia Miller

    I think the significance is that an African American woman is holding a Caucasian child. Seeing the style of the clothing that lady is wearing, the blurry cars in the background and the black and white tone/quality of the picture. I’m guessing the early 60’s or maybe late 50’s. Yes, it does because if the photo was taken in 2012 it wouldn’t make any sense. The cars in the background are definitely from the 50 – 60’s and the surroundings and settings are much different from present day. I know for a fact that during that time was when black and whites were separated. For example, blacks had their own drinking fountains while whites had their own drinking fountain. This went for restrooms to restaurants to school buses to playgrounds, almost everything. In my opinion, if there is a story behind this picture I think it would be a sad one unfortunately. Maybe that baby was left on the doorstep of an orphanage by its parents that couldn’t take care of it and the lady in the picture was taking care of the orphan since then. I’ve heard many stories like that before in the past and present.

  156. Arieanna Porter period 4

    The significance of this picture is that African Americans (AA) and Caucasians (C) have not often been together peacefully in history and the AA is holding a C child. This picture seems to have been taken in the 1950’s based on the style of clothing that they are wearing and way the photo was shot. The year it was shot makes a difference because it can better help you understand the context of the picture. The irony of this picture (if it was taken in the 50s) is that C’s in this time period were strongly opposed to having AA’s touch them or even use their toilets, but they would let AA’s take care of their children and touch their children. The story of this picture is that this is an AA nanny taking care of a C baby.

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