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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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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.

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