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City Sidewalk: 1940

City Sidewalk: 1940

December 1940. "Christmas shopping crowds. Gadsden, Alabama." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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1940 letters

Vachon: Here are my latest photos

Boss: John, do you ever leave the room?

Trash.

I am amazed how trashy the streets were in these olden days. Seems that people used the sidewalks and streets as their garbage bins. Any photo from before the 1960s seems to have lots of trash on the ground, and the photographers captured it all so much!

Natty clothing does not make up for trashing the place! Still we see alot of trash along the highways, and in some cities, but jeez what slobs people can be!

Busy Sidewalk

Dressed in holiday style. But I don't see any Silver Bells!

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