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Ladies of the Morning: 1939

Ladies of the Morning: 1939

Lady residents of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

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Rooming House Ladies

These ladies look to me to be in their late 50's or early 60's. My grandma did her nylons like that too :o) They never seemed to come loose either. I tried it once when I was a teenager and couldn't keep them up! I guess you needed older legs ;o)

I just remembered something else about those rolled up nylons. My grandma also had a large stretchable band like a big fat rubberband made out of elastic and cloth that she would use sometimes to roll down those nylons. She'd put that thing around her leg over the nylon and then roll it and the nylon down to her knee. Funny, the little insignificant things you remember.

Rooming House Ladies

I am wondering what the age is of these ladies. I know back in that time, women who were in their late 20's and 30's looked alot older than they really were. Maybe it was the hard times the women went through. I am guessing these women are also single or they wouldn't be in a rooming house. I also noticed even when sitting in front of their own residence, the women didn't let their purses out of their sights.

The woman to the grandmother used to knot her stockings like that. You would take the top of it, stretch it outward, twist it and then tuck it under. She always had these big knotted balls in front of her stockings just below the knee.

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