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Mechanical Treatments: 1938

Mechanical Treatments: 1938

November 1938. "Apartment house. Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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He moved

The 1936 Omaha City Directory lists Henry C. Rominger at 2312 Douglas. In 1939 he is at 2308.

If we could enhance the sign on the porch railing beside the steps we might have a better idea of what the mechanical treatments consisted of?

["Physical and mechanical treatments." Terminology was commonly used by osteopaths at the time. -tterrace]

Window Box Treatment

ROMINGER, Henry C., of Omaha, NE, died at the age of 95 on November 10, 1951.

The 1940 phone book lists H.C. Rominger at 2308 Douglas, Omaha, NE. (A residential listing. ATlantic 3060, if you wanted to call him).

The house number above the stairs near the Rominger signs in the Shorpy photo is 2312.

The address to the right in the photo appears to be 2310. That would make 2308 the building all the way to the right in the photo, with the lady coming down the stairs. Perhaps 2312 was a corner location with better visibility for signs than 2308. (Google Maps shows this area of Douglas Street to be commercial buildings and parking nowadays, so the street layout probably changed).

Could that be Ms. Rominger coming down the stairs of 2308? Could it be a client, if "mechanical adjustments" meant chiropractic treatment?

Creepy and it's Spooky

The Addams Family theme song keeps running through my head.

A tangled web of wires

At one time, it seems someone had a radio to tune in the world or the local stations anyway. I believe Mr. Mechanical Maintenance should throw a little maintenance time to that aerial.

Ham Radio Operator?

I wonder if a ham radio operator lives there. That looks like an inverted-V antenna on the roof, which is a common antenna used by hams.

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