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Washday Alley: 1923

Washday Alley: 1923

"City rowhouses." Another entry in this series of Harris & Ewing views of back-alley Washington from 1923. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Joyful children!

The happiness in the two little boys is both obvious, and adorable! I wish I could be there and watch them, and hear them giggle! I wonder if the laundry hanging on the line was the personal laundry of the mother of one of the boys, or maybe some that she took in, to bring in a little money.

Today's Condos

If these buildings were around today, of course they would have been visited by This Old House for a re-make into high end condos for the D.C. drones...

Possible Scenario

I think the two figures on the steps are playing kazoos or harmonicas and the two children are dancing.

Just leave me alone

The body language of the man on the left side is indicating he is not in the mood for any friendly chit-chat and is completely turned away from the activity on the stoop where the kids are having fun. However, the adult on the right side stoop is ready to initiate a conversation at the very first sign of getting his neighbor's attention. The joyful, exuberant little boys are really cute and rarin' to go, laughing all the way. I'd rather be a kid.

Neatness Counts

There doesn't appear to be any bicycle parts, old washtubs , newspapers, used tires or other debris in this yard. Even the wash is hung behind an enclosed wall.

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