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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Cannery Row: 1912

Cannery Row: 1912

February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "'We give them houses to live in.' About 50 persons housed in this miserable row of dilapidated shacks located on an old shell-pile and partly surrounded by a tidal marsh. Maggioni Canning Co." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Close to Catfish Row?

In case you have never seen it, the musical (story of) "Porgy and Bess" depicts just such a desperately miserable neighborhood called Catfish Row in the slums of Charleston, S. C. The music is outstanding and the characters are unforgettable. I highly recommend it either via live performance or the movie; it will stay with you.

Old Dutch Cleanser

The woman from Old Dutch Cleanser to the rescue.

Boot Camp

Port Royal South Carolina is the home of The United States Marine Corps Recruit Training Center, Parris Island.

The facility was called Marine Barracks Port Royal 100 years ago (Grandfather was there in 1915).

For Bob, the glass always was half full

"Hey, look! No lawn to mow."

 
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