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O Little Town: 1935

O Little Town: 1935

November 1935. "Bethlehem houses and steel mill. Pennsylvania." 8x10 nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Mechanic St.

My Dad grew up on Fourth St in the 1930's. He was one of those kids who did sled down Mechanic St. He said it was a fantastic ride!

This is State Street

from all evidence. The street crossing nearest the camera is Mechanic. North of that is Evans with Third at the top. All houses are still standing from what I can see. The narrow brick house at the near left corner of Mechanic is 318 State Street and is currently for sale at $74,000. The house with the corner door at right with Salada Tea on the glass pane is 315 State (shown below).

Hymn

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie,
the residents choke
on the factory smoke
that darkens the morning sky!

Sledding mecca

I can see kids grabbing their home made sleds and shooting down the street at Mach 1. I know I would have done the same. Wonder what the slope grade of that street is anyway? Yikes for cars and peds in winter.

 
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