Anna May Wong's Certificate of Identity, August 18, 1924, National Archives at San Francisco.
She was born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905 in Los Angeles to a Cantonese-American family that had lived in America since at least 1855. However, being an American didn’t matter in a time when people of Chinese descent were being heavily legislated against. Beginning in 1909, any people of Chinese descent entering or residing in the US, regardless of the country of their birth, had to carry a Certificate of Identity with them at all times. Even at the peak of her fame, Wong still had to carry papers like the one above to prove she was allowed to be here. Read the rest of the article.
The Nation, September 15, 2014
Art director: Robert Best
Black Caesar, movie poster (1973)
"One of New York’s original Mad Men." The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit of 40s-60s illustrator McCauley Conner. The show opens September 10 and features vintage advertising and magazine illustration.
Abortion By Mail, new cover of The New York Times Magazine
Design director: Gail Bichler
Thanks to magCulture for the image
Weegee’s Naked City, book cover (1945)
Hibiscus Tropical Fruit iced tea (aka Crimson Iced Tea), from Serengeti Teas and Spices in Harlem.