Negro boy near Cincinnati, Ohio (LOC)

Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.


Negro boy near Cincinnati, Ohio


[1942 or 1943]


1 slide : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.



African Americans--Children

United States--Ohio--Cincinnati


Format: Slides--Color


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 11671-28 (DLC) 93845501


General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at


Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):


Call Number: LC-USF35-276



  • Scott Sheridan 4y

    There is a good chance this little boy is now a 70+ year old man still living in Ohio. I wonder what his thoughts are on the photo and the title.

    I wonder if he would be surprised the photo still exists and that it stirs controversy so many years later.

    When I look at it, I don't see so much a race issue. I think about the the error and the 400,000 American military men who have died or will be dead in the next three years from when this shot was taken. Or the 13 million people who will die in Nazi concentration camps before May 1945 arrives.

    My guess is this little boy was also more concerned with the fact that the most terrible war the world has ever seen was taking place around him. He probably saw the Western Union man delivering death notices to the families around him, maybe even to his own home. WWII was a part of every Americans life at the time.
  • prdsra 4y

    Compliments, I like it; Please add this photo to
    "as beautiful as you want" group
  • .abel 4y

    Piercing eyes, effective light, excellent portrait.
  • Randy's Dailies 4y

    Zowie! That's sure one keen photograph.
  • Carol Browne 4y

    Incredible. I never would have guessed that photo was taken in the 40's. It looks very modern to me somehow.
  • Sarah'sSoul 4y

    Hey, I'm Negro/Colored/Black.....the name on the photo is ok with me. It's part of history, we can't go changing history, now can we?
  • burnstuff2003 4y

    The photograph was posted last year and if it is a slide or photo has been re named by the person posting as this discription. the photo so is not acseptable named as a print in 2011 in this context as this discription we would not re discribe racest photos of juwish peopel taken by nazies and discribed re vamped by like minded peopel
    great photo bad context
  • burnstuff2003 4y

    i love the photo but the discription is upsetting and not right
  • Dan Stiver 3y

    Before the civil rights movement, the word "Negro" was simply a common term without very pejorative connotations. I wonder if this kid might be still alive somewhere in my hometown, obviously he'd be much older.
  • Walt Jabsco 3y

    Dan Stiver Ok and what's your point, before the civil rights movement it was ok to call black folk by derogative names, it was ok to lynch black folk, seperatism was ok ??
    you seem to be defending the use of the word by stating it was before the civil rights movement but surely the civil rights movement changed things for the better consigning racism to the dustbin ???
  • Artur Harant 3y

    i like the title, i think the word "negro" sounds good. of course it has some historical "sticked meanings", but i never use that way. funny when the political correctness make the people subconscious racist. i'm not afraid say the word "negro" becase i don't use the contra productive way of political "correctness". being a negro is a good thing, not a shame, and i don't give a f*ck the politicians "teaching". the word is just a shell, the individual filling up with subject matter. if you are racist (directly or subconscious) you filled up with bad meanings.

    anyway: how cool as he wearing that hat! :)
  • Ude Okoye. 3y

    Its not a great pic. It good a little black in dungarees and a bowler of course its cute. But the titles draws attention. And thats why it has so many comments, nothing to do with the talent of taken a picture.
  • budderflyman 3y

    Uh, how many color images of black children from 1942 have you seen that were this sharp and clean? It's possibly the best color portrait of a child I have seen from this period. I think it is definitely a wonderful piece of the Library of Congress collection.
  • 92Sasquatch 2y

  • budderflyman 2y

    @92Sasquatch, are you calling me a troll? If so, WHY? I am expressing my opinion that this is one of the best color photos I have ever seen of a black child from the early 1940s. I have viewed hundreds of thousands of photographs from the 1940s. This is an excellent photo. Also, there is nothing wrong with the title because it was given this title in 1942 when black people in America were called Negroes. In fact, they were called Negroes routinely until the late sixties when they expressed the desire to be called Blacks. Negro means Black in several different languages. Become informed.
  • budderflyman 2y

    Elena Fedeli

    Obviously it is the original title from 1942
  • Martin Mounzer 2y

    Love the outfit.. Wish I lived back then. Miss film. Brilliant photo.
  • ann garcia 2y

    Martinus, why do you wish you lived back then? I don't think it'd be an easy life in any way.
  • skhht12 2y

    no change no see
  • Vince Grindle 8mo

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