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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Raggedy Andy: 1938

Raggedy Andy: 1938

July 1938. "Young boy in Baltimore slum area." Potential model for the A&F catalog. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Uncanny resemblance to my son

My son who died last year in April at the young age of twenty looks identical to this boy in the photo. You can imagine the shock on my face when I was shown this picture; my son dressed like that, holes in jeans button-up long sleeves and all. He would even glare at someone like that when he wanted to provoke a fight. I am just amazed; it's like my son jumped back thru time and posed for this pic. Does anyone know the boy's real name? He has to be a relative; You can see for yourself; I uploaded a photo of my son.

Smoke If You Got 'Em

Looks like the boy rolled his own.

Nicotine

The opiate of the underclass.

Slumming

For living in a slum, this guy is clean, well groomed, and generally looks healthy and well-fed. Also, the steps are in good order, and the ground is clean. A far cry from the condition of some of the NON-slums in modern Detroit, where I live.

re: You really do have to wonder

No, you don't.

When you consider the venue, it's easy to discern between poor people and pampered kids sporting faux "authenticity".

Fashion or Fortune?

You really do have to wonder - are the pants the product of poverty or is there a fashion statement too?

Fashion Trendsetter!

I know kids who would pay lots of money for those jeans! They buy new ones with the holes already in them. That's proof that many people have too much, these days, in my opinion!

 
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