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Alley Up: 1935

Alley Up: 1935

November 1935. "View of alley between K and L streets in Northwest Washington behind North Capitol Street. Blake School in background." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Saint Phillips Church

Almost the entire photo is a parking lot now, though the tall, peaked roof visible behind the former Blake School in the background is the still-standing Saint Phillips Baptist Church (1001 North Capitol NE):

Purchased by Douglas Development in March 2017 for conversion into a synagogue.

Come Set a Spell

Sheds? I recall the eminent broadcast journalist David Brinkley, who worked radio early in his career in D.C., saying that the District in 1941 "boasted" of still having 15,000 outdoor privies. I think the wooden lean-to's seen here may harbor more than a mower and rake.

[We can see some privies over on the right (enlarged below). - Dave]

Laundry lad

Somewhat past halfway down the row of attached rear sheds on the left, just where there are two gaps in the row, I spy a young fellow, busy at what looks like hanging up laundry on the short diagonal line.

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