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Middle America at the Mid-20th Century

Lewis Arms is seated on his motorcycle with his sons, Craig Arms sitting in front of him and Lewis Arms Jr. behind him, Madison, Wisconsin, 1955 (WHI Image ID 81041).
WHI 81041

Lewis Rudolph Arms (1927-2009) was an amateur photographer and a collector of family photographs that provide glimpses into a multiracial extended family in Wisconsin during the middle of the 20th century. They show a working-class African American from Madison serving in the military, relishing leisure time, having a family, and indulging his love of cars and motorcycles. The images capture his youth, his personal relationships, his jobs as a young adult, and his travels in the military, as well as offering vintage views of residential neighborhoods in Madison.

:: Posted October 31, 2013

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