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Derby From Ansonia: 1940

Derby From Ansonia: 1940

November 1940. "View of Derby, Connecticut, from the Ansonia side of the Naugatuck River." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Ham and ... hosiery?

That scratchy little shirt pinned to the wash line upside down is poignant for some reason I cannot name. But what small sleeves for such a large neck opening. And is that a pair of stockings hanging beside it? Please be kind if I am wrong. All I know is that my tummy would have been rumbling at having to read those ever-present bacon and ham adverts while I processed the wet clothes.

Spring fresh

My guess is that this is the house in the picture - minus the fancy schmancy trim. One of the older street views was luckily taken in April, so you can just make out the Armour building through the trees. The angle looks right, and parcel data say it was built in 1900, so enough time for the building to get the patina we see in the 1940 photo.

Nada Naugatuck view

The house has been fixed up a little, but the trees have closed up the nice view of the river now.

Still there, indeed

The house in the foreground also seems to have survived (52 Prospect Street) - although its proch has lost its ornate woodwork, and the view down to the building with the ham and bacon billboards is blocked by an abundance of trees now.

Still there

At least the building by the river is (1 New Haven Ave). No more bacon and ham signs, but it is a BBQ place now. Not sure if the building the photo was taken from is still standing though.

Armour's Star Brand

Interesting to see the billboards below the house shilling Armour's Star meats. Obviously of "star" level quality. I have never known the brand as anything but Armour Star.

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