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Left Hanging: 1939

Left Hanging: 1939

January 1939. "Clean clothes. Carrier Mills, Saline County, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Eclectic collection of rusty ol NYC hopper cars

A CCC&STL "Big Four" lettered hopper car along with NYC 134671, an offset side hopper with early style shallow "clamshell" center doors. An eclectic collection of workaday New York Central Railroad coal haulers.

Neat stuff from the days of yore when even rusty old train cars had character.

Hung out to dry

In spite of obvious hard times, someone is working hard to provide clean clothes for the family. Hope things got better for them.


Ignoble labor produces a purification of the neighborhood.

Dual purpose

Also handy for folks who are shy about using the facilities.

"I'll just hang some wash out on the line."

"At ten o'clock at night??"

Dual Purpose outhouse and clothesline holder

I like the path worn in the dust to necessary room. Used frequently, I see. Cold quick trip in the Illinois winter I imagine. Brrr!

Clean coal

Naturally, the proximity of all that anthracite had no effect on the ultimate appearance of that wet laundry.

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