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When We Were Young: 1911

When We Were Young: 1911

District of Columbia, 1911. "Negroes. Negro life in Washington." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

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I wonder?

I also wonder how these kids turned out. The early 20th century was very hard for African Americans considering that it was only 41 years since the end of slavery.

Great expressions

I adore the expressions of the two in the middle - especially the one with the bucket. Classic!

Girl Group

Just starting out I guess. I wonder if even back then she insisted on being called "Miss Ross."

D.C. Kids

My heart goes out to the young people in these pictures who endured the poverty and difficulties of the times. I hope they had a good life.

Heartbreak kids

My heart aches for these kids and this picture, so close to the picture of Norma Shearer, points up the injustices in life. Who said life was fair, huh?


Sigh. I so wish I could give them new coats! (or at least a coat with all of the buttons intact!) You get a sense of how cold it must be with the tallest girl's scarf blowing in the wind.

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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