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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.

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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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