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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Church Ladies: 1941

Church Ladies: 1941

Easter Sunday, April 1941. Waiting for the processional at an Episcopal church in South Side Chicago. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Revealing expressions

You can tell the girl on the left is a handful. You don't develop a grin like that without stirring up something. The girl on the right is almost repentent before they even get to church. The girl in the middle is the sensible one. The other girls listen to her - she has her head on straight. Great photo! Love the outfits. And those expressions just can't be beat!

Urban Sombrero

Middle one is wearing the Urban Sombrero

Waiting

I really like the Pancho Villa look, Agnes!

Maybe sisters

They all look pretty light...

 
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