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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

House Sitter: 1923

House Sitter: 1923

Update: This is the west side of Blagden Alley. Details in the comments here. "City rowhouses, 1923." Another view of back-alley Washington, D.C., and its long-forgotten habitues. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

But Clean!

These DC alley shots are intended to convey poverty and perhaps despair, yet one is struck by how tidy these precincts are -- no piles of detritus, broken windows, or abandoned cars.

Can't make it out

I wish I could make out what he is doing or repairing. It looks as if he might have a crochet hook in one hand.

 
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