Wednesday, July 31, 2013

4 Children For Sale, 1948

August 4, 1948 - Chicago, Illinois: They're on the auction block. These small children of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux of Chicago, Illinois. For long months 40 year old Ray and his wife, Lucille, 24, waged a desperate but losing battle to keep food in the mouth and a roof over their heads. Now jobless and facing eviction from their near barren flat, the Chalifoux have surrendered to their heart breaking decision. Photo shows mother sobbing as the children pose wonderingly on the steps. Left to right: Lana,6. Rae, 5. Milton, 4. Sue Ellen, 2 years old. (via Corbis)


  1. This doesn't tell the whole story. I would have done anything and everything before I sold my children including begged, borrowed and steal.

    1. But you still would have sold them? SOLD your children? If there's just no other way, you give them up for adoption and hope for a better life for them, but sell them? No effing way. I'm certain you didn't actually mean you'd sell them. For money. To who knows what kind of person, who could do God only knows what to them. I'm with you, this photo only tells part of the story (the sensational part). I wonder what actually happened to this family in the end?