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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

A Lodging House Christmas

A Lodging House Christmas

Christmas tree at a New York lodging house in 1914. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. What did Santa bring? Chairs!

 

Lodging Houses

These were shelters for the homeless.

[According to Wikipedia, lodging house is a synonym for boarding house or rooming house. i.e. a place where you can rent a room. - Dave]

So why are these children here?

Are they orphans? Why are they in a lodge?

[They're in a lodging house. Rooms where they live with their parents. - Dave]

Children's faces

Wonderful photo! Great kids and the woman in the foreground looks doting and proud of whichever one is hers.

Their faces might seem "dirty" because they are actually chapped. (Even in the cleaned up version, their faces seem to have something on them.)I never realized how easy it was for this to happen until I lived for a while in a cold place among people who had no easy access to warm water and no skin lotion or mild soap. The children all had constant runny noses and chapped cheeks.

Also, I think there was a difference between "boarding house" and "lodging house," which is what the original label on the side says. One got meals in a boarding house ("room and board") but not in a lodging house.

[Thanks. I will change the title. - Dave]

Santa Should've Brought Soap!

Yowsers! Those are some dirty kids! Love this photo though - the 2 girls standing at center are adorable.

Corseted

Wow! Back then, even the trees were corseted! Hahaha. Ah. I kid, I kid.

 
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