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Our House: 1935

Our House: 1935

Sept. 1935. Washington, D.C. "Houses on Massachusetts Avenue near Union Station." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Another photo by Mydans shows more of the block: LC-USF33-T01-000147-M1. Childs restaurant at 2 Massachusetts Avenue is visible in the distance; so these houses are directly across from the still-standing Gales School.

The One Next Door on the Left

Well, the listing did say it was breezy.

Nasty puddle!

I love the four little ones seated in front of their home, and the obvious care of that one unit. I'll bet that mud drove Mom crazy, though!

Poor but proud

This house is adjoined to a deserted dump, yet someone has tried to make it homey with a couple of benches and some plants. The kids look happy and well-dressed. 1935 was a tough year.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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