From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

Life Magazine sent Ukrainian photojournalist Dmitri Kessel on assignment to São Paulo in the late 1940s. Now available on the Google-hosted Life photo archive, these photos have been shared on several websites and forums over the past few years, always said to date from 1947.

Yours truly decided to dig for specifics, and found on the April 5, 1948 issue of Life a fascinating story titled “São Paulo – South America’s Chicago works hard, builds fast.” It includes only some of Kessel’s photos, so I suspect most of them were archived but never actually published in the magazine. I won’t grab the text since it’s still copyrighted but you can click on this link to read the article.

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

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From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

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