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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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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.

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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


I really like the Pancho Villa look, Agnes!

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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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