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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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Chi-Town Urchin: 1941

Chi-Town Urchin: 1941

April 1941. "Street urchin, Black Belt, Chicago." Also seen here. 35mm negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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I can understand why you would want to cry, but this is the first picture that brought an immediate smile to my face. I would love to scoop up this little doll and snuggle him. He seems to be a survivor. I am sure he had a prosperous life...well, I hope he did.


This kid makes me wanna cry. And I'm a guy.

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I've noticed, many who visit here have had a similar reaction to one photo or another - I know I have. How special to go online and find an image that touches you so deeply.

Many, many thanks Dave!

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Looking at his eyes I just felt a chill, and it made me want to cry. I never have that kind of reaction. What an amazing photo.

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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