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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Home Lodge: 1863

Home Lodge: 1863

June 1863. "Washington, D.C. Sanitary Commission workers at the entrance of the Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers." From photographs of the U.S. Sanitary and Christian Commissions. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Small World

I don't know what it is, but this picture seems to illustrate just how small in stature men were in the 1860s compared to today. Maybe it's the pavers or the picket fence? My first impression was that they all are well under 6 feet in height. Even the building looks tiny.

Doing good work

The Sanitary Commission did tremendous work for wounded Union troops at a time when the surgical response to a wound was "hack it off". Raising their own funds, they operated hospitals and nursing homes, and did work similar to today's Red Cross and USO. Staffed by many Unitarians and Universalists, the Christian Commission often tried to push them aside. Without the work of these good people many wounded would have died.

The Reverend Thomas Starr King, Universalist minister of the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco, stumped the California gold fields and camps raising large amounts of money for the Sanitary Commission. He died young in 1864 and was held in such respect by California that his statue is one of two representing California in Statuary Hall in the National Capitol (the other is Father Junipero Serra).

Boardwalk

The backdrop/building could be one of those plywood "sets" with holes for your face at amusement parks and the boardwalk; The Deadwood Saloon, the Circus, the Sanitary Commission.

Maybe...

They just need validation.

Grammar Cops Take Note

Evidence that the use of non-ironic quotes for emphasis is not a new phenomenon.

FYI

The full address was 374 North Capitol Street.

Get me rewrite

It looks to me as if the banner should proclaim, "The Unsanitary home of the Sanitary Commission."

Old Soldiers..

... never die. They just fade away.

 
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