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Making the Rounds: 1937

Making the Rounds: 1937

October 1937. "Houses near the railroad tracks. Hagerstown, Maryland." With a return appearance by the boys last seen here. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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In this and the companion photo of lovely, track-side Hagerstown, all the storefronts save the barber shop appear to be occupied by the detritus of failed businesses.

Great places to slap up circus posters, though one doubts many of the neighbors could afford tickets. Kids used to show up as the circus tent was being erected, though, and frequently were able to trade their unskilled labor for the price of admission.

I'm told that carrying bucket after bucket of water for the elephants was a typical roustabout task.

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