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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."

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