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East Sixty-Second: 1938

East Sixty-Second: 1938

1938. "New York, New York. East 62nd Street." Where this two-masted schooner sets sail every washday. Acetate negative by Sheldon Dick. View full size.


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“Lines up! Lines up!"

My late father (1912-2009) stated that years ago there were street vendors who specialized in replacing broken laundry lines. They were wiry-looking fellows who would climb the pole for a fee.

They would walk down the streets crying “Lines up! Lines up!” while also keeping an eye out for apartments that needed their services.

Re: Laundry Poles

Au contraire, Fathead. Of my last five apartments in Brooklyn all had laundry poles in the backyards; two were still being used for their intended purpose. Most you see are just rusty reminders of by-gone years. But you have to actually look: like telephone poles and electric lines, they are so prevalent you no longer even see them.

Almost new, and very shiny...

1938 Chevrolet Standard sedan at the curb.

I can see Mexico

-- on the other side of that wall!

That ship has sailed

But the building on the left remains intact.

Laundry poles

Something you won't see on the city landscape any longer. Growing up in the Bronx seeing our laundry flapping in the breeze out our kitchen window was a usual sight. Now we have specially scented fabric softener to imitate the fresh clean scent.

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