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

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.

 

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.

Film

Once again 35mm just doesn't cut it.

 
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