What do you do when you find treasure? What do you do when you uncover long covered gems and long obscured truth? These historic images of people of color are hidden figures. Hidden treasures.
I've always been into historic and vintage photos, fashions, and memorabilia. I actually remember the very first two things I ever mail-ordered. They were Art Nouveau and Victorian replica home accessories that I got for my room when I was 18. Ahem, ahem, that -- LOL --was more than a long time ago.
But probably no different than you, I grew up seeing only white men and women in vintage images, and the air of romance and respectability that accompanied them. And the whole world went along under the same false pretense which has contributed heavily to the stereotypes and double-standards that many people of color have had to suffer. It dawned on me one day decades ago that another reality was entirely being denied. And I always wanted to turn that car around. We can have just as much of a collective fascination with Black Victoriana.
I love period art & artifacts. As a creative and woman of color, I've been collecting vintage ephemera and images of people of color for a while. So with BVic, I've given some of them a home. It's in its infancy, but I aim to build slowly but surely over time. You'll find photos mainly at this point, but over time there will be many more cards, collectibes too. As a matter of fact, I'm working on a set of wooden, vintage image BVic dominoes. A one-of-a-kind prototype that I'll want to have ready in time for the holiday season, if not earlier.
Let know what you think of the idea. It'll be a nice set to have. I'm currently trying to decide which BVic image to feature on the backsides. Maybe you can throw in your two cents. Tell me which one gets your top vote. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's my hunch that, because of my age and who I am, I may have nursed the passion to build a Black Victorian shop of of some kind for a bit longer than some of the other current purveryers of Black ephemera. So, for me, it's not just a little business, but a little labor of love.
Black Victoria? It's time she had her due.