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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Fade to Black: 1940

Fade to Black: 1940

January 1940. "Woman in dilapidated old house in the Mount Washington district of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. She is blind in one eye and her other one is going bad too. She expressed the hope that she would lose her sight completely so she could get some money from blind pension." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Blind hope

Imagine a life so bleak that your hope is to go blind so that you receive a pension.

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Creepy as heck from her look, what she wants, and what is in the room.

Budgetary advice

At least she looks quite comfy in her summer dress while snow covers the scene outside. Maybe she could save a few bucks by burning less coal and wearing a sweater? Oh well I guess my advice comes 80 years too late to be useful. I just have to hope she got what she wanted and went blind.

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