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Shady Character: 1937

Shady Character: 1937

February 1937. "Southern Illinois character. McLeansboro, Illinois." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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To me

He looks like a member of Captain Beefheart's Magic band

Corner of Washington & Market


I think I saw him on The Sartorialist in December 2011.


Einstein incognito in Illinois.

My hometown!

Nice to see the little burg represented. There is a WPA courthouse there, and I wonder if Mr Lee was in town for the dedication.

[His subject was the Ohio River Valley Flood of 1937. - Dave]

I like that coat!

He may be a character, but he looks like a practical guy to me. I especially like his coat. It's long and double breasted, and that collar when turned up would cover the back of his head very nicely. The stylish hat, variegated gloves and cool mustache complete the ensemble. Not crazy about those specs, though.


I think he took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

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