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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Late in the Day: 1942

Late in the Day: 1942

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. View full size. Alternate version here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

 

Fourth and N

I'm pretty sure that this is the corner of Fourth and N Streets S.W., with those shops running along Fourth. I lived at Fourth and Union and went past this corner nearly every day for many years. Also had many haircuts in that barber shop.

Hopperesque

This photo looks like an Edward Hopper painting, the only thing is that the person walking their dog throws the whole thing off. Still, a very colorful photo. With the widespread use of cinderblock construction, the warm, welcoming brick textures are rapidly disappearing in American cities large and small.

beautiful colors!! :^o

beautiful colors!! :^o

"that old devil"

Actually there was a little something called World War II going on in '41-42...probably would qualify as a "global armed conflict"

DSS

[Which was exactly the point of that comment. Hello? - Dave]

That old devil nostalgia...

Sure makes you long for the days of grafitti-free walls and global armed conflict.

The streets

Wow...The world looked so nice before spray paint graffiti.

 
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