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Crowded Houses: 1935

Crowded Houses: 1935

September 1935. "Slums. Washington, D.C. -- Photographs show poor housing conditions contrasted with well-built homes. Children playing in slum backyards and on street. Unsanitary conditions. Former residences now used as rooming houses. General views over rooftops. Interiors and details of substandard dwellings." Nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Back to the future?

The LOC notes give the date as 1935, but I’m pretty sure that truck’s license plate says 1939.

[Incorrect. That's a 1935 Virginia plate. This is one of more than 500 photos Carl Mydans took for the Resettlement Administration between September 1935 and January of 1936, the year he quit his government job and started working for Life magazine. - Dave]

Truck ID

1930 Chevrolet "roadster delivery" as advertised.

Being Poor

Doesn't mean you have to live like it.

[If only we had been there to guide them! - Dave]

Clotheslines and rear galleries

I’ve mentioned it before, but people are generally triggered by views like this to assume squalor and lack of hygiene and general all-around nasty housing. I live in 120-year-old rowhousing with clotheslines in back, as well as wooden galleries, and these houses are going for over a million bucks these days. Call it revenge of the slum-dwellers.

Been Awhile

1, possibly 2, Turnbuckle Stars on building to far right. 1st and 2nd story.

Wow! So much gritty detail.

Can I put this into the backyards of my HO railroad 1930s theme?

Middens by Mydans

Seems pertinent.

An extra added bonus

Aside from the dirt and general brokenness, having everyone privy to everyone else's business all the time must have been intolerable.

The Depression?

If the Great Depression didn't start here it could have. Pretty sad state of affairs.

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