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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Home Improvement: 1938

Home Improvement: 1938

October 1938. "Factory workers' homes in Camden, New Jersey." 35mm negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Glass Wax?

She might have been using Glass Wax, which my parents were using in the 1950s. It had the same effect. Leave a haze and wipe it off.

Where's the Windex?

It appears that the lady of the house smeared the window cleaner on the window on the left but didn't wipe it off and then moved to the window on the right...so, not being a domestic engineer I'm wondering about the process.

[She's using a product like this. -tterrace]

Perfect

The horizontal bands of sky at top and curb/street at bottom, and the shadow of a utility pole on the building make this a very special image by one of the FSA's greats.

Workingman's House

In the Philadelphia Rowhouse Manual, this is labeled as a mid to late 19th century Workingman's House. I would guess this example dates to no later than the 1880's based on the detailing. As Camden is essentially a suburb of Philadelphia, this house probably follows the general type built in the Philadelphia area pretty closely.

Forget the windows

Fix that rotting cornice! Neighbors are beginning to wonder when hubby is going to tackle that eyesore.

 
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