Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Esther Bubley

These photos were taken in boarding houses in the Washington, D.C. area during World War II.

 A boardinghouse rule forbids men guest to come into 
girls' rooms and vice versa. Washington, DC, 1943
[and yet, there they are]
 A bridge game does not disturb this sleeper, Washington, DC, 1943
 A girl employed by the U.S. government, a new arrival 
at a boardinghouse, being greeted by her roommates, 1943
 A radio is company for this girl in her boardinghouse room, 1943
 A U.S. Office of Price Administration stenographer 
and a friend in their boardinghouse room, 1943
 An evening gathering in a boardinghouse, 1943
 Girl in the doorway of her room at a boardinghouse, 1943
 The schedule for use of the boardinghouse bathroom is worked out 
so that each person has eight minutes in the morning. It is social suicide 
to ignore the schedule and cause a tie-up like this. 1943
 This boardinghouse room needs a heater in the winter and a fan in the summer, 1943
 Those who are not too modest save time by tripling up 
in the use of the boardinghouse bathroom, 1943
Two girls looking at pictures in their room in a boardinghouse, 1943

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