Thursday, June 19, 2008

Juke Joints at the LOC

The Library of Congress has a Flickr account. Who knew? Well since I found out I have been spending all my free time looking at scans of pictures from the 30's and 40's.

Check out these cool pictures of Juke Joints from back in the day.

From Random House:
"Juke joint (or jook joint) is the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring blues music, dancing, and alcoholic drinks, primarily operated by African American people in the southeastern United States. The term "juke" is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly."

Living quarters and juke joint for migratory workers, a slack season; Belle Glade, Fla. (LOC)
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Migratory laborers outside of a juke joint during a slack season, Belle Glade, Fla. (LOC)
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Negro migratory workers by a juke joint, Belle Glade, Fla. (LOC)
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