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Rooms for Rent: 1936

Rooms for Rent: 1936

February 1936. "Mission District. Slums of San Francisco, California." 4x5 negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Edit: "Solved!" <Trash can or horse post?>

I (was) waiting for Shorpyites to identify the two-foot round thing in the lower-right of this picture. It looks like it has rivets on it. Is that another one, farther afield, without rivets?

Edit: Further research indicates that the objects are *re-purposed* water heater expansion tanks, usually filled with concrete, and used to protect private property from stray vehicles. Yes, bollards!

I'm always learnin' something on Shorpy!

$3000 per month is a conservative number

Average rent for a 1BR in the Mission District as of 5/17 is a hair-raising $3,935.00. Whoa.


All was not beautiful in days of yore. Unpainted buildings, dirt, and litter was not a stranger back in the day, but clean laundry was still important!

Fancy Bollard

That bollard-like post seems out of place with the studs, wonder how & who did it?


Wonder how they managed to get the washing on the high lines. Step ladder. Trapeze artist. Magic!

[Or just by standing on the balcony. The lines are on pulleys. -tterrace]

And in 2017

$3000 per month.

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