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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Electric Shoe Shop: 1939

Electric Shoe Shop: 1939

July 1939. "Street encounter on a Saturday afternoon. Pittsboro, North Carolina." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Pull for the Electric Shoe Shop

The insulators for the electric service drop have pulled out of the wall. I hope that a fire doesn't ensue.

Excellent composition

What brilliant geometries in this photograph: the diagonals of the cars drawing us in to the women on the sidewalk, set against the sloping plane of the building facades. Then the women: all three captured in reflection in the car on the right, plus the bottom halves of the adults in the car on the left. The languid pose of the tall woman, randomly raising an arm to adjust a stray bit of hair, forever hiding her face from the viewer. And the knock-kneed child, tiny purse clutched in her pudgy hand, staring down the photographer.

Shoe shop is gone

But here is the post office.

 
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