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Low-Rent: 1935

Low-Rent: 1935

December 1935. "Typical squalid homes, Hamilton County, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Mystery rod

What is that rod angling out from the eaves? Flagpole? Lightning conductor?

Looking for Tenants

The previous ones hopped a freight car on the tracks next door in hopes of obtaining more humane living conditions.

Ham Alley

Where Cinci's bad actors end up after too many years of scenery-chewing?

Little negatives

I get spoiled by all the 8x10 images we see here. It's good to see 35mm for a change to help me remember to appreciate the large format images.

Box in upstairs window

What is that?

[A refrigerator of sorts. Where you keep milk bottles in the winter. - Dave]

Cheap Ham

This is Ham Alley at Broad Street. It's the same tiny two-block neighborhood featured here.

 
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