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Father & Son: 1941

Father & Son: 1941

December 1941. "Corozal, Puerto Rico (vicinity). Priest who conducted a Mass and baptism and blessing of the houses at the tenant purchase celebration." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The robe

I wonder if there was some canonical requirement for the vestments to have buttons on the front, even though we can clearly see the zipper, not so very well hidden, behind the curtain. Meanwhile, add an 'S' and we have a Jesus Christ Superstar icon.

Cool Clergy

An early photo of Father Guido Sarducci?

Cool Clergy

Are those a pair of Ray Ban aviators in his hand?

Weirdest ever

In all my 7 years and 1 week of Shorpy (I actually started following in fall 2011, so I’m really 7 years and 4 months), this is the all-time weirdest and (can I say?) goddamn picture I’ve ever seen on this website! (And I’m one quarter Catholic, one quarter Protestant, and one half Jewish.) This is the craziest photo ever.


I can't tell for sure but those glasses appear to not be transparent, so perhaps he is blind. However, I do not have a theory to explain why he would take them off for a photo. Or for why we do not see a white cane nearby. Or for why Jack apparently put no effort at all into leveling his camera before taking the photo.

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