Margaret Bourke-White and Muizenberg Beach 1950

More pictures from the Life archive.

It is truly amazing what Margaret would see.

Margaret Bourke-White - Muizenberg beach

Margaret Bourke-White - Muizenberg beach.

Union Of South Africa
Sun worshippers enjoying the cabanas at the Jewish beach at Muizenberg
Location: Cape Town, South Africa, Republic Of
Date taken: April 1950
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Size: 1280 x 1099 pixels (17.8 x 15.3 inches)

Labels:
Jews, Baths, Sun, South Africa, Republic Of, People And Customs, Vintage Print, 1950s

I do have to point out that at the time there was no such thing as a formal Jewish beach but a whites only beach.

Margaret Bourke-White - Man collecting sea water for medicinal purposes.

Margaret Bourke-White - Man collecting sea water for medicinal purposes.

Union Of South Africa
Bantu bottler busy filling bottles w. sea water in a section at Muizenberg beach which is for blacks only, which he will sell because it is supposed to have medicinal properties.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa, Republic Of
Date taken: April 1950
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Size: 996 x 1280 pixels (13.8 x 17.8 inches)

Labels:
Water, Race Prejudice, Bottles, South Africa, Republic Of, People And Customs, Vintage Print, 1950s

Interestingly this was also at Muizenberg beach, the same beach that is/was very popular with the Jewish community and there is a good chance that it was taken on the same day especially considering the Cape’s changeable weather. Please note the white folks in the background. (This is case of the politics being added by the caption.) Curiously Life magazine did not see fit to relate this image to the above even though it is at the same location.

Please enjoy the art of Margaret Bourke-White and remember what you see recorded is now just quaint history of the 20th century.

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