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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Louise Rosskam

Union Street: 1942

Union Street: 1942

Boys with football at N and Union Streets S.W., Washington D.C. Autumn 1942. The scene at Shulman's Market, back when T-shirts were regarded as underwear and people wore actual clothes. View full size. Photograph by Louise Rosskam.

 

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

1942. "Rowhouses, corner of N and Union Streets S.W., Washington, D.C." Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. I wonder if the passageway was for service delivery of milk or ice. View full size.

 

Step Children: 1942

Step Children: 1942

Children on rowhouse steps, Washington, D.C. 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. Note service stars in windows and the curious narrow passage between houses. Possibly N Street SW.

 

N and Union: 1942

N and Union: 1942

Shulman's Market at N and Union Streets SW, Washington. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. We've gotten a lot of inquiries asking: Why do you colorize the photos? The answer is: They are not colorized. These photographs were taken on Kodachrome film, invented waaay back in the 1930s. Color photography in general goes back more than 100 years.

 

Shulman's Market: 1942

Shulman's Market: 1942

Shulman's Market at N and Union Street SW, Washington. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. Alternate view. In one of the many comments for this post, an alert FOS (Friend of Shorpy) points out the posters of Axis leaders Mussolini, Hitler and Admiral Yamamoto in the window. Along the bottom of each it says What do YOU say America?

 
 
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