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Soul + Food: 1941

Soul + Food: 1941

April 1941. Storefront church and adjacent lunch wagon in the Chicago Black Belt. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.


Still an L&L

Funny, I live down the street from an "L & L" diner here in Chicago. Obviously not the same one, but nearly as run-down! I miss these great old shop fronts like the one on the left (iron columns, etc.). I've seen so many of these disappear in my short 37 yrs.

Native Son

This picture reminds me of "Native Son" the novel by Richard Wright.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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