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Vintage photos of:
July 1938. Another view of "housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, home of the American Bridge Company." View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. While I guess the point here is the decrepit nature of the neighborhood, it looks to have been a great place to grow up. Like something from a Neil Simon play.
1938. Maher's Dance Hall in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, showing orchestra platform and dancers. (Note the stag line and that two of the couples are girl-girl.) View full size. 3x4 safety negative by Sheldon Dick. Twelve years after this picture was taken, the photographer, son of mimeograph magnate A.B. Dick, would meet a violent end along with his wife in a tragic murder-suicide.