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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.


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I'm assuming you mean the boy to the left in the brown pants. Those aren't sweatpants, they're corduroy slacks.

[Sweatpants? Huh? The caption is saying people dressed nicer then than they do now. - Dave]

jus sayin is the "i fine (find) it hard to belive (believe)" tipster the same who had to educate us on the fact EBAY didnt' exist in 1921?

jus sayin

- Destardi

[Anonymous Tipster is the generic username assigned by the system to anybody who's not logged in. - Dave]

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Metal has been around for some time now.

I fine it hard to belive

That's not all we find hard to believe. Look -- here it is again! The lamppost and car -- also made of metal.

I fine it hard to belive

I fine it hard to belive that a stop sign would have a metal pole in 1943.


Hard as it may be to believe, the streets of Washington (especially in Anacostia) were never segregated. As we see in the other pictures here by Louise Rosskam, the black and white kids hung out together.


The girl off on the sidewalk is particularly interesting, she probably got in trouble for being there watching the boys (black boys no less, oh the scandal of it as she appears to be white and this was a very segregated time)when/if her mother found out.


I see knickers had not completely disappeared. Now they are back, but called warmup pants.


No doubt their parents were constantly complaining about how they always dressed like hoodlums. Like, whatever happened to powdered wigs already?

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