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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Snow Job: 1923

Snow Job: 1923

February 2, 1923. "District of Columbia, City Refuse Division." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Chicken Wire

The roof of this structure looks very rudimentary, yet they have taken the time to put screening over the window in a permanent way. Could DC have had a "broken window" problem in 1923?

So That's It!

No wonder we can't get our civil servants to work; they were hired by the REFUSE Department!

An unnecessary employment office

if you reside here in Phoenix, Arizona where our average daytime temperature in December and January is 65. It was 72 on Christmas Day this year as the snowbirds trudged to the pools in their brightly colored outfits.

Growing up in Ohio and living in Kansas City for 20 years, I can appreciate the lifestyle of Arizona. I no longer am "dreaming of a white Christmas."

Snow Job

Hey look, they had "Shovel ready" projects back then too.

Elimination by Snow Plows

I wonder if the little cabins were sold by the city to individual hunters or if they were auctioned to the highest bidding city. Maybe a town in Minnesota bought all of them for their ice fishing tourists.

Shovel ready snow jobs

I'd like to see how many takers there would be for this job today.

Perambulatory Office

Washington Post, Feb 1, 1923

Perambulating Offices To Sign Snow Cleaners

Hacker Prepares to Meet Jack Frost More Than
Half Way and Keep Traffic Open.

Morris Hacker has nothing against Jack Frost personally, but just the same he has determined that Jack's pranks shall not interfere with the life of Washington. Mr. Hacker is in charge of the city refuse department, and the next time Jack gets busy sprinkling snow Mr. Hacker is prepared to get busy shoveling it away.

Distributed throughout the city at prominent street intersections Mr. Hacker will have small houses on wheels bearing the sign, "If it snows apply here for a job." Whenever Jack Frost intimates that snow is in the offing Mr. Hacker will send out the wheeled offices, in each of which will be a representative to sign up laborers to clear the streets of snow so traffic will not be interrupted. There was an intimation yesterday that snow was due for the District and the wheeled offices made there first appearance. One was stationed at Fourteenth street and Pennsylvania avenue in front of the District building.

Whether it was because of the preparations made to frustrate the "conspiracy" Jack Frost failed to shake from his cloak the threatened snow yesterday.

 
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