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Gritty Cincy: 1935

Gritty Cincy: 1935

December 1935. "Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati slum dwellings." Close-up of the houses seen in yesterday's post. Note the railcar in the background. 35mm negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Why...

is there a stove lying on its side in the foreground? I would assume that ANYTHING in this neighborhood would be scooped up to sell for scrap or used by another family.

Both sides of the tracks

That really is the wrong side of the tracks. Wonder who lived in the aforementioned castle up the hill.

[As it turns out, college students. See the comments here. - Dave]

 
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