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Tent City: 1910

Tent City: 1910

July 26, 1910. Tent city on the beach at Rockaway, Queens. View full size. 5x7 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


The story

The 1920's brought the summer bungalows and tent cities to which the lower and middle classes of various ethnicities fled - I got this from the NY Times
It seems a easy way to get a house on the beach

The story?

What's the story here, does anyone know? Were these for rent or relief after some disaster or something?

[Among other things they were used for card-playing. - Dave]

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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