Friday, November 21, 2008

Black Boy

This picture was taken in Easter Sunday in 1941, in Chicago. It shows a young black boy dressed for church. I like the picture, but it is hard to learn much by looking at the boys face. I can not tell if he is happy, sad, or indifferent. As the picture was taken in 1941, and the boy looks to be not that old, one wonders if he is still living.

10 comments:

  1. I just stumbled across your blog an d wanna say I really enjoy a look back at all the wonderful photos you have!

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  2. My guess he is smiling based on the eyes which happen to be closed. They look shyly closed, but not open and angry.


    He looks to be about 9 years older than me do there is a good possibility he is still alive, especially if he kept going to church.

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  3. thats steve erkel's dad

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  4. He looks like he's suppressing a smile, perhaps embarrassed, shy, but he definitely looks happy to me.

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  5. The boy's facial expression seems to be one of contentment. I was born in 1941. This individual may still be alive. As we know, environment and lifestyle contribute to longevity. But then we must consider accidental death and accidental life.

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  6. Wow! I'd really love to know if this guy is still alive, or actually, anything from his life? You know?

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  7. Given that blacks (especially males) are statistically more likely to die at a younger age, die from murder, be imprisoned, or fall victims to any number of diseases (heart disease, cancer, AIDS, etc.) that affect them significantly more than any other race, I would find it highly unlikely that this handsome young black youth is still alive. It's a sad fact, but it's true.

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  8. I agree with some of the other commentors, he looks happy to me. In fact, I would describe his expression as "pleased as punch." In a good way.

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  9. The picture of the "Black Boy" is the same young man that is part of the group known as "Sunday Best" of Chicago 1941. I was amazed to see the picture of him standing up because in the Sunday Best photo he is one of five boys leaning against a car.

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  10. We have a picture of "Sunday Best...Chicago 1941" hanging in my hubby's office. Love it. Just curious to know who those fellas are...makes me feel rather nostalgic.

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