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Jersey City: 1939

Jersey City: 1939

April 1939. "Jersey City, New Jersey." A trackside tableau. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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10th & Coles

Another view from the top of the Erie Warehouse at Coles, 11th, Monmouth and 12th, facing south. The church is facing Pavonia Avenue between Coles and Monmouth. Most of the housing stock has been replaced except for the row of houses to the left of the church.

Ties that bind

Lots of crooked and irregularly spaced crossties in those tracks.

No Dryers

It's funny how prim and proper people were in those days, yet they hang their bloomers and other underwear out in the open.

Less than a lifetime ago

Remove the cars and a little pavement and this could be the 1800s. Of course, Jersey City is still just as attractive today.


Once again 35mm just doesn't cut it.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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