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Six-Step Program: 1947

Six-Step Program: 1947

"Alcoholics, Greenwich Village, NYC, 1947." Gelatin silver print by the pioneering photojournalist Ruth Orkin. View full size.

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Sitting on the Ashcan

If Ruth Orkin notes that these women were drunk, they probably were. The woman on the left has a huge run in her stocking, a big no-no for women in those days. Still, they look oddly fashionable with their smart wool coats and the woman on the right's nice striped sweater and turban. Orkin took a lot of photos in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. Most likely, the brownstone where this photo was taken is now all fixed up and worth a few million.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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