Halloween in Bedford Dwellings

Of the thousands of photographs that Charles “Teenie” Harris took in his lifetime — from candid portraits of Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, and George Benson to his documentation of the Civil Rights movement and his work for the Pittsburgh Courier — this image of children in Bedford Dwellings getting ready to go trick-or-treating is by far one of my favorites. Not only are the kids’ costumes and varied expressions on their faces fascinating to pan through as you examine the photograph, but their sense of anticipation is almost tangible as they wait for their parents to set them loose in the neighborhood.

(Photograph: Teenie Harris; click to enlarge. Caption: Children wearing Halloween costumes at Bedford Dwellings, circa 1941.)