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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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Federal Street: 1941

Federal Street: 1941

April 1941. "Houses and grocery store on Federal Street in the Negro section of Chicago." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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If Only

It'd be funny if the derelict cars were still there.

Back When Cars has Real Trunks!

The type of trunk carried on the back of these cars gave rise to our current usage of "trunk" to designate the luggage compartment of today's automobiles.

These were all-metal trunks with gasketed "dust-proof" closures. (Think "unpaved roads!")

Just desserts

Ice Cream Salad? Yum!

Picker's Delight

That derelict car with flat tires, etc would command some real bucks today. Amazing trim items on the house it's in front of.

Cleveland's Groceries

was located at 4043 South Federal Street. Judging by Google Maps and a search for 4040 South Federal, the area shown in the photograph is now a grass yard situated among small, attractively renovated apartment buildings in the southern part of Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.

San Francisco inspired

This could be labeled "Unpainted Ladies."

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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