Although African-Americans were allowed to go to theatres, they were still segregated and had to sit in their own zones, which were often not as big and were not as well kept as that of the white people.
The colored man was looking for a job but the sign says "Help Wanted White Only". His face shows a lot of disappointment since he is colored and he won't be able to receive a job at this specific place.
Until the signs like these were common markers of legally enforced laws of racial segregation in America. Racial segregation in the United States as a general term, included physical separation and provision of separate facilities, services, and op