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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Passing Remark: 1938

Passing Remark: 1938

August 1938. "Citizens of Columbus, Ohio." View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative.

 
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308 East Main Street

Photo was taken in front of the confectionery store of the Mahlis'. Abe (Abraham) Mahlis and his wife Pauline. They were Russian Jewish immigrants. In 1930 they lived at 290 Kelton Avenue. Abe was born in 1885 in Russia and died December 6, 1964. he came to the US in 1906. His wife, Pauline was born about 1896 and came to the US in 1910. They were married about 1921 and had (at least) two daughters, Blumie and Doris (Wortman).

Ethel Mae

I'll bet she worked harder than a linebacker.

Were there cross-dressers in Columbus in 1938 ?

The neck and shoulders are worthy of a linebacker.

And in her right hand ...

... a big ol' rolling pin

I'll bet the comment...

...was about how the Malt Company has apparently gone out of business. (They should have charged retail instead of "cut rate.")

 
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