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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Saturday Night: 1941

Saturday Night: 1941

April 1941. "Rollerskating on Saturday night. Chicago, Illinois." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Clothes make the picture

As a former roller skater, I can safely say that I never saw anybody dressed that nicely in a roller rink. How far we have come!


The change in society 77 years has wrought! Who could find anywhere today a group of young people roller skating on a Friday night dressed to the nines as these people are! They all look like they're ready for church come Sunday morning!

Probably early April

Since the St Patrick's Day adornments are still up.

All Skate

Next up, Limbo

Savoy Ballroom, 47th and South Parkway

3 blocks east is 47th & Indiana Avenue.

3 blocks south was the Park-Vista.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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