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Just Hanging Out: 1901

Just Hanging Out: 1901

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "An elevated view of rowhouses, probably in S.W., showing laundry hanging on clotheslines in back yards." Also Mr. Upstairs keeping an eye on Miss Downstairs. 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.


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A possible answer to one of So many questions

Given the location of the pet dishes, I suspect that the back door is around the corner from the location on the other units. It has to be somewhere. This is the end unit, one of the two nicest residences on the block, with a bumpout and additional windows. The altered floor plan may require a different back door location.

I cannot explain any of the whitewashing beyond the reach of a four-year-old.

I'll add another question: what is under the Dogpatch roof addition to the backyard Necessary Room?

Out of (their) sight, out of mind.

Why go downstairs when you can just chuck your rubbish onto next door's roof?

Our House —

Is a very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy 'cause of you — la, la, la

A True Time Machine

This is such a great shot with so many small things going on like the cats on the step and the detail of the dirt backyard. An incredible look into ordinary life almost 120 years ago.

A Rowhouse Commandment

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's laundry.

I wonder what the Mrs. is whippin' up in the bowl (faintly visible behind the screen door framed by white paint).

That bag hanging by aforementioned screen door? Five bucks says it's full of clothespins.

So many questions

Why not a back door on the far right townhouse? Why splash white paint haphazardly throughout the two back yards? It looks as if the ivy on top of the fence has paint on it and there’s even splotches of white paint on the other building. Next, what's in that bag outside the door and I wonder what they keep in that box next to the house?

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