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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

All Washed Up: 1910

All Washed Up: 1910

July 1910. Postal Telegraph Co. messengers, 283 Broadway. "The boys make good use of the shower baths." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Unifying

Photos like this tend to help young people relate to the past. My 19 YO daughter is a very talented photographer, who has sold quite a bit of her work. I have tried to get her interested in the history of photography, but she usually won't even look very hard at anything she thinks is old. I showed her this and asked her how old she thought it was. She guessed the 1990s, but said it looked like it could be now. She was amazed when I told her it was 100 years old.

I agree about the shower curtains! The need a good soaking in Clorox or Lysol, both of which they had by 1910.

The cleanest!

I am guessing those two boys are probably the cleanest kids ever posted on shorpy! I can't imagine living in a time where people simply could not shower/bathe daily.

Showerhead

Everything old is new again. Just look at the showerhead - they're now being sold at high-end prices.

Ick!

Look at the bottom edge of those shower curtains. That room needs a serious disinfecting. Ewww.

Hair

With his hair like that, the first kid would fit in perfectly in NY today. Hard to believe this is almost 100 years ago.

 
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