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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Diapers Online: 1941

Diapers Online: 1941

October 1941. "Defense worker's home on Carson Street. Sunset Village, Radford, Virginia. Farm Security Administration project." Where it looks like laundry day. Medium-format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Clothespin bags and fresh air smells

Yes, the laundry was a laborious, all day job in 1941 but if you are old enough to remember the clean, outdoorsy fragrance of a bed made with air-dried, newly-washed sheets, it made you quickly float off to peaceful slumber without sleeping pills (unless you lived in the dust bowl).

re: Siding

Not a thing wrong with the asbestos laden siding or roof materials of that age. As long as you do not grind/cut into it and create dust particles you're OK. Not one documented case of anyone getting sick from this siding on one's house. Asbestos pipe insulation on the other hand is nasty and a whole other story.

The Horror, The Horror

Lovely white diapers blowing in the sunlit breeze. But as someone who raised their children before the days of disposable diapers, I know that somewhere in that house was...wait for it...a diaper pail and a mother with chapped hands.

Colors tomorrow

Looks like the little guy found the mud. Job security for Mom on the laundry front.

Baby good, siding bad.

There it is again. The evil asbestos siding. We had it on the house I grew up in in the 50s, along with leaded paint. To add to my peril our old Chevy had no seat belts, and I must have rode my bike hundreds of miles without a helmet. Dangerous times no doubt.

Nature's fabric softener

That stiff breeze should help soften those diapers, for that little one!

 
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