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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Skid Row: 1938

Skid Row: 1938

November 1938. "Lower Douglas Street, Omaha, Nebraska." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Skid Row

In addition, I believe that the term "Skid Row" evolved from "Skid Road," a term first used in the 1850s to refer to Seattle's Yesler Way (then Mill Road), where logs were skidded from Seattle's wooded hills down to Henry Yesler's steam-powered sawmill on the waterfront.

Greetings from Omaha!

This and the accompanying photo, "The Omaha Kid," caught my eye. I wasn't quite sure where what qualifies as Lower Douglas Street, so I Googled around a bit. Interestingly, John Vachon took a photo of the Omaha Emergency Hospital on Lower Douglas Street at 912. Today the area is home to the Gene Lahey Mall (a park downtown) on the south side and a Courtyard Marriott on the north side.

Overheard

"Hey Dude, like how you doing? Whaddaya say we get a latte and talk about a hot tip I got on Zimbabwean money market accounts."

Skid Row

Yeah, that's right. Skid Row was in downtown Seattle in the pioneer days.

Funny Caption contest potential....

"And I have the idea that we sell the steaks BY MAIL. See, it cuts down on overhead, and we've got a nice way of packaging them to get them out to rural areas quickly enough. I just need to finish raising the money..."

Skid Row

For what it's worth I once read that the name Skid Row came from the old lumbering days as the street on which logs were dragged along on the way to the mill.

Then and Now

This picture could have been shot yesterday, timeless photo.

Wait.

Dad?

 
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