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And a Dog Named Boo: 1936

And a Dog Named Boo: 1936

April 1936. "House at 1629 North Ninth Street, Milwaukee." Or should that be 1313 Mockingbird Lane? Medium format negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

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Simonizing was what people did to their watches when they were coordinating something - before there were cell phones. (ha ha)

You've got mail

The door on the right of the residence appears to have a glass mailbox with a letter visible through the glass (it is diagonally placed inside). These were made by some glass makers during the depression era glass craze in the 1930's so one could see at a glance if there was anything inside. I have one made by the Bartlett-Collins Glass Co. (now defunct) in Oklahoma which has an aluminum lid and hanging base although the one pictured appears to be a different kind of metal. I would never hang it outside for obvious reasons, but I did plan to keep my "bills to be paid" in there, and hang it in the kitchen as a reminder and novelty, but never did. I imagine they were not durable enough to catch on. There is also a small clothesline on the top porch with clothespins clipped onto it, so somebody must be home.

North Ninth No More

This extension of North Ninth no longer exists. The area where the house was is now a large apartment complex.

What a deal!

Living both above and behind the store!

Store for rent

Fish? I dont smell no fish.

I think I would remove the fresh fish sign before putting up the for rent sign!

I had to google "Simonizing" just to learn it's a 50-cent word that means polish, as in an auto.

[Simoniz was a brand of car wax. - Dave]

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