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Character Study: 1941

Character Study: 1941

July 1941. "Chicago, Illinois. Man watching subway construction." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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From the opposite side of The Loop

That State & Van Buren L station can be seen at the vanishing point of this 1907 Shorpy photo.

The 1907 photo was taken looking south from the State & Lake station.

Paul's Grandfather??

I thought the same thing LOL. Here he is with John

The subject

Of every Norman Rockwell painting was this guy.

Paul's grandfather?

"He's very clean!"

400 Block of South State Street

The man in the picture is standing on the west side of State Street, between Van Buren and Congress Streets. In the background you can see the old State & Van Buren L Station, with the blurry white facade of the former Goldblatt's (or earlier, Rothschild's) department store beyond it. Today the gentleman would be standing directly in front of the main entrance of the Harold Washington Library, the Chicago Public Library's main branch. The subway line under construction here was opened in 1943.

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