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Vintage photos of:
Whisk brooms and brooches,
Malteds and sundaes.
Girls in straw hats and
Traffic lights flashing, streetcar bell clangs.
These are a few of our favorite thangs.
July 1941. "Chicago. Waiting for a streetcar." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.