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Rooms for Batching: 1940

Rooms for Batching: 1940

May 1940. "One of the oldest residential buildings in Phoenix, Arizona." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Admin. View full size.

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Today's Top 5

Code for transient?

If I was doing any "Batching" in 1940 I think this place would be pretty far down the list. Depending on the financial resources available of course. That old clincher rim touring car parked out front looks like its had the crud scraped off with a push broom. Might be an indication of the class of clientele.

[This was a rooming house for bachelors; to live alone as a single man was "batching it." - Dave]

Pride of the Dusty Desert

Next picture, we hope: One of the oldest car washes in Phoenix, Arizona.

Car ID

L-R: Model A Ford 1930-1931; Model T Ford 1926-1927; Chevrolet 6, 1929-1930. The "look" of these covered a two year span.

Call it what you like,

there still used for the same thing today.
Sorry, couldn't help it.

[This might be a good opportunity to investigate the difference between "there" and "they're." - Dave]

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