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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.



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!

Very touching

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.

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