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Night and Fog: 1941

Night and Fog: 1941

January 1941. "New Bedford, Massachusetts. Street at night during a fog." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Almost nothing remains

I located the Diana Lodge (198 Middle St.) on the left and the Clarendon House (197 Middle St.) in the 1939 city directory for New Bedford. It appears that the only remaining structure in the photo is the house that was once the Clarendon.

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Hotel Noir

We'll leave a light on for you!

Have a nice trip?

Those sidewalks must've been tough to navigate. The street seems safer. See ya next fall.

That Sidewalk

Is an insurance claim waiting to happen.

Time Machine

It's probably a good thing that time travel doesn't exist. I'd surely go broke paying to take a walk up and down streets like this and others found on Shorpy.

Nights like these

Are the kind that make you glad you're home by the fire.

Tricky Title

Aside from Wagner, Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog) was a directive issued by Adolf Hitler on 7 December 1941 targeting political activists and resistance "helpers" in World War II to be imprisoned or killed, while the family and the population remained uncertain as to the fate or whereabouts of the Nazi state's alleged offender. Victims who disappeared in these "Night and Fog" actions were never heard from again.

[Best known as the title of Alan Resnais's immortal 1956 documentary. - Dave]

Remarkable photograph

New Bedford was where my grandfather ended up after arriving here from the Azores as a stowaway circa 1912. It's where my father was born. I've never visited and my father's family had moved to Brooklyn by 1941 but I'd like to think he might have known scenes like this as a kid.

Delano, on his game.

Leaves you with the impression that the world existed in black and white.

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