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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Parallel Pondering: 1942

Parallel Pondering: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Boys playing in wrecked houses on Independence Avenue across from the Smithsonian Institution." Large format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Can't Resist

First thing I flashed on (detail from the Sistine Madonna).

"What window?"

"We was sitting here just like this when that old window just broke by itself."

iPad Mini, I believe

What a cool rugged case for it as well.

This is a great shot. I love his shoes. Original Chuck Taylors. Crazy Cool. Those would be worth a a few bucks now.

The photographer was not an amateur for sure.

What an awesome time they had playing in that old place. BTW does anyone know what that actually is in the window?
I thought it had an antenna, but that is just a crack on the trim.

Speaking of the trim, very nice work for what I can only assume was done around the turn of the century or before.

[It's a 4x5 film holder. - Dave]

Serenade

The young lad in the foreground is listening to Lena Horne's rendition of "Stormy Weather" (#12 on the Hit Parade for '42). You can see his iPod propped up in the other corner of the windowsill. The other one's zoned out, watching the pigeons.

 
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