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Pearl Refused: 1943

Pearl Refused: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Pearl Ginsburg refused to have her boardinghouse rent raised." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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There's another bed in the room that's still made up; maybe the landlord wanted to raise the rent because she didn't have a roommate. Like all the boardinghouse girls in Bubley's photographs, the surroundings are sloppy, but the girls have taken a lot of trouble to fix their hair just right. The cookie jar and the magazine point to time spent alone.

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