We, the world, have come a long way.
The old photographs were taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration Historical Section (later transferred to the Office of War Information) of the US Government. They were encouraged to document continuity and change in many aspects of life in America during the years the unit was in operation.
During those days of yore, these photographers were particularly encouraged to photograph billboards and signs as one indicator of such developments. Although no documentation has been found to indicate that photographers were explicitly encouraged to photograph racial discrimination signs, the collection includes a significant number of this type of image, which is rarely found in other Prints and Photographs Division collections.
These old photos indicate all the known images of discrimination signs found in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information file of photographic prints. Here, in juxtaposition with the photos of President Obama, the old photos give testimony to how the world has really changed.
(Photos from the White House and the Library of US Congress. Copyrights are not aware of.)