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Powder Roomer: 1940

Powder Roomer: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Hercules Powder Plant employee going upstairs. Mrs. Pritchard's boardinghouse. Eighteen men board here." One of the gents last seen here. Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Audition?

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A bright idea

Some years ago, I spent a night in New Orleans at the Kentucky Hotel (or maybe the Hotel Kentucky) in a room illuminated by just such a single bare light bulb. It was the sort of establishment where one sleeps with one eye open.

Rules of the house:

"Please extinguish all smoking materials until you've showered, and don't dry your asbestos boxers on the windowsills."

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