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Lesser Newark: 1939

Lesser Newark: 1939

April 1939. "Slums. Newark, New Jersey." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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An interesting walk

Given that this is 1939, I'd like to have walked down that sidewalk when a steam engine was inching past. Even if it were a little switcher.
Especially on a cold day.

Buick Limited?

That looks like a 1937 Buick Limited on the street off to the right. Sure does not fit in that neighborhood! Landlord? Gangster? Or my wife says maybe a doctor? (She always likes to see the innocent side!)

Clifford Street at Wheeler Point

The railroad track along Clifford street is a surviving clue to Rothstein's location. It was a spur line headed downtown, and it is still there along Clifford Street.

I tried to duplicate the point of view on Google Earth. Looks like it was taken from atop the railroad bridge on the main line.

https://earth.google.com/web/@40.71927585,-74.15984713,9.78570943a,307.9...

Cutting-edge business

Messrs. Landew and Blume saw profit in recycling before it was cool.

Ironbound

That's St. James Catholic Church to the right, demolished in 1979 by the Archdiocese for a parking lot.

History of the church here.

History of the "Ironbound" area here.

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