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Rear Window: 1938

Rear Window: 1938

July 1938. Back alley showing housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.


Shed Outhouses

After all these years, I've just figured out, by virtue of this photo, the purpose of the shed-like area in our Philadelphia home. Beneath the shed was what we called a bunker, a 4 x 4 concrete encased tunnel that ran the width of the shed. I'll assume this was a storage area. Ugh.

Alley Sheds

Are those sheds outhouses?


Looks nicer than the alley behind my house!

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