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Second City: 1941

Second City: 1941

April 1941. "Old brownstone houses now occupied by Negroes in Chicago, Illinois." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Hat Tricks

No matter where you look, in any photograph up to around 1960 or so, every man wore a hat. They not only 'completed the look', but signified the economic station. Here we see one billed ball-cap, one beret, but only one gent with none at all.

Everyone else is wearing some version of a fedora.

I think it was Jack Kennedy who killed the hat, so to speak. He often refused to wear one and the rest of the fashion-conscious followed suit. End of an era.

!940 Pontiac

Silver Streak Sedan. Can't tell if it's a six or an eight cylinder. Still a pretty new car.

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