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Washday Blues: 1941

Washday Blues: 1941

April 1941. Washday in South Side Chicago. 35mm safety negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Grandma's house

A kitchenette apartment! My grandma lived in one during that time.

Not Quite Candid Camera

Russell Lee did not burst into her apartment and catch her by surprise. She must have thought that if someone was going to take pictures of her, she should look nice for the occasion. She succeeded, because we admire her clothes and her self-respect.

[She's a clerical worker at an insurance company about to leave for work. - Dave]

A Well-Dressed Generation

Wow.... nice dress, nice shoes ... Then again maybe it's the only thing left that's clean.

[The June Cleaver school of housework. - Dave]

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