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1935. Washington, D.C. "Alley dwelling. The clutter of filth, debris and tin cans all have highly utilitarian purposes. [Whatever that means.] Many of the houses are without gas, water, or electric connections." A Harris & Ewing photo from the mid-1930s, using what by then was the anachronistic medium of the 4x5 glass negative, but with subject matter that was on the cutting edge of what was being documented by the Federal Government's various New Deal (Farm Security Administration, etc.) photographic efforts. View full size.