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The Signpost Up a Head: 1927

The Signpost Up a Head: 1927

Fredericksburg, Va., circa 1927. "Tenement, 203 Charlotte St., residence of 'Gover­nor Hill.' Photo taken on commission from Mrs. Devore of Chatham." Note the head-on-a-pike signage. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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The sign on the left gives us a barely discernible hint as to what kind of neighborhood we have here, as if the state of the tenement did not. One hopes that advancing age has deprived the "Governor" and his first lady of their olfactory senses.

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Despite the obvious poverty, the gentleman is wearing a fine pair of gaiters over his pants and shoes. Too bad such a practical fashion went out of style.

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