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Love Shack: 1941

Love Shack: 1941

South Side Chicago, April 1941. View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee.



Interesting to note the shack is chained to the light post. I guess he was worried somebody might cart it off?


I think people back then may have appreciated what they have despite any hardships they went though in life. Today, when even many of the poor may more than bare necessaries that quality seems lacking.

A Thing of Beauty

It has something to do with the eye of the beholder.

Life Before Spray Paint

Even the slums looked better before graffiti took over the cities.

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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