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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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Five O'Clock Shadows: 1941

Five O'Clock Shadows: 1941

July 1941. "Five o'clock crowds, Chicago." Noir in the afternoon. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Reminiscent of

This photo is somewhat reminiscent of a 1930 print by Australian-American artist, Martin Lewis (1881-1962), called "Shadow Dance". The photo and the print are both beautiful.

La Salle Street Station

The site is the entrance to the La Salle Street station on Van Buren Street. There's still a commuter train station there, but no grand edifice, it was demolished in 1981.

When a great photo catches my eye

Beautifully photographed, and what a treasure for historians: extreme detail of people, no one fat, most wearing hats, an era of lovely dresses, and people on the move. And in a few months, everything will change. Many of the men will either have disappeared, or will reappear in uniform. We know all this; they don't. I hope it was a good afternoon for them.

SHORPY OLD 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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