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House of Signs: 1936

House of Signs: 1936

April 1936. "Blight -- 1316 West Walnut Street. Milwaukee, Wisc." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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Wee bit of history

Walnut Street was within the area of Milwaukee where many of the Jewish community settled in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Goldie Mabowehz (later to be known as Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel) lived about eight blocks or so from the address on the image. I drive by the location often after dropping my grandson off at his school, named after Meir in recognition of her school days there (4th Street School then) as a young girl.

Long gone

These homes were located near what is now the northwest corner of the intersection of W. Walnut St. and W. Fond du Lac Ave. This area is currently part of the grounds of the Milwaukee Co. Transit System Fleet Maintenance facility.

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