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Neighborhood Watch: 1935

Neighborhood Watch: 1935

December 1935. "Suburban section. Hamilton County, Ohio." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Not All The Same

My favorite thing about this is though these all look similar and probably have the same size lots and even chimneys in the same place none of them are the same at all. A lot of individual touches.

All look much the same

except, they are all slightly different. One wonders whether the interiors were the same. I guess we'll never know now.

I Am Legend

An abandoned jacket on the hood of a car, an open gate, uncollected mail, a solitary cat and a lone man walking down the hill. It's a bit creepy, somehow.

Not a Happy Ending Here

This one took me quite a while to figure out, but I was able to identify this as Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood. The buildings at the extreme top right of the photo are on Gilbert Avenue, a good 1,500 feet away.

The five houses in the foreground are on Symmes Street about a block north of Florence Avenue, looking to the east northeast. The CL&N Railroad ran up the hill from right to left a block behind these houses on a frightening 3.5% grade. Sadly Symmes Street here and these houses were obliterated for the construction of I-71 in the 1960s. The rest of the neighborhood hasn't fared much better, and today most people would consider this decidedly inner-city, as opposed to suburban.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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