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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.

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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.


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


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


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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