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Speed Dating: 1941

Speed Dating: 1941

April 1941. "Couple at rollerskating rink. Southside, Chicago, Illinois." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Dad, similarly suited

This is a selfie my dad made just before he left for the war in Germany around 1943 to become a photographer in the Army.

Bomb's Away!

Great photobomb by the man in the middle!


And here we have an early example of the photo-bomb


Getting all googly-eyed over Al Pacino, are we?

Did you wonder ...

A split second captured in time by the camera. How did life go on for these two? Did they go on together, or did they go separate ways? What careers followed? Were they fans of the Cubbies or the White Sox? How did WW II affect them? Dang, Shorpy photos get me wondering about the darndest things.

His Suit and Hirsute

Dapper Dan is not skating tonight. He is too busy looking suave and debonair for Mata Hairy.

"I like him 'cause he's different"

No roller skates.

Between Lovers

Sweet photo bomb! :)

A Head of His Time

Photobombing. Invented April 1941, at a rollerskating rink, Southside, Chicago, Illinois.

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Photobomb: 1941

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