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The Cola Garden: 1941

The Cola Garden: 1941

April 1941. "Scene in Negro section of Chicago, Illinois." Photographer Russell Lee's exploration of the South Side enclave known as Bronzeville continues with this stop at a garden plot fenced by Coca-Cola signs. View full size.

 

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Bee in Back

In the background is the landmarked Chicago Bee Building.

Wishing

I wish we could see some of these buildings in their new state. So many photos after they have lost their glory, but few when they are in good repair.

Urban outhouse?

Should there be a crescent moon carved into the door of that tiny structure? Is it really what it looks like? Or is it a simple garden shed?

[The two small vestibules are doorways into the house. - Dave]

Ramshackle

This gives real visual meaning to the term.

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