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Pull Down Tear Up: 1942

Pull Down Tear Up: 1942

Children wash before lunch at the nursery school at the Red Hook housing project community center in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June 1942. View full size.

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This is a very good picture

This is a very good picture and i think paper towels were invented for the sole purpose of a dispensible one time use towel rather than a shared towel with many ppl with which u had to rewash

Paper Towels

Paper towels were invented in 1907 by Scott Paper, apparently in response to students in schools catching colds from shared towels.

re: Pull Down Tear Up

If you look at the large image you will see the words on the paper towel dispenser on the wall.

Washroom photograph

In the child care centers where I have worked, both sexes washed before meals in the same bathroom. This was different from bathroom breaks, where boys went to the boys' room and girls to the girls' room.

Is it a separate washroom…

…or did they have shared restrooms?

Pull Down Tear Up

The title: are you referring to the paper towels? I didn't know they had them in 1942. If not, what is the meaning of your title?

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