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The windows divide the kitchen or parlor from a back bedroom, letting a little light and air into the dark tunnel that was the  typical 19th century slum apartment.    These windows have an appropriate name: tuberculosis windows. They were mandated by a 19th century city law requiring that tenements have cross ventilation to help reduce the spread of diseases like tuberculosis—the deadly “white plague” not uncommon in poor neighborhoods.

The windows divide the kitchen or parlor from a back bedroom, letting a little light and air into the dark tunnel that was the typical 19th century slum apartment. These windows have an appropriate name: tuberculosis windows. They were mandated by a 19th century city law requiring that tenements have cross ventilation to help reduce the spread of diseases like tuberculosis—the deadly “white plague” not uncommon in poor neighborhoods.

February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "Bertha, one of the six-year old shuckers at Maggioni Canning Company. Began work at 4 a.m." Photograph (glass negative) and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "Bertha, one of the six-year old shuckers at Maggioni Canning Company. Began work at 4 a.m." Photograph (glass negative) and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

The Tenement House - a ghost story It was the February of 1909 when I came to the tenement building in Philip Street. Though it was… VIEW POST

The Tenement House - a ghost story It was the February of 1909 when I came to the tenement building in Philip Street. Though it was… VIEW POST

"Knee Baby"-July 1939, Person County, North Carolina. Wife and child of tobacco sharecropper. The littlest girl comes in from outside for something to eat while Mother is doing her housework. "Knee Baby" comes from the common occurrence that when the (infant) baby was being fed the older toddler would hang onto Mother's knee. This was usually in a bid for the attention lost when the infant kicked the toddler out of the 'baby' position and, in poor families, often actually away from the…

"Knee Baby"-July 1939, Person County, North Carolina. Wife and child of tobacco sharecropper. The littlest girl comes in from outside for something to eat while Mother is doing her housework. "Knee Baby" comes from the common occurrence that when the (infant) baby was being fed the older toddler would hang onto Mother's knee. This was usually in a bid for the attention lost when the infant kicked the toddler out of the 'baby' position and, in poor families, often actually away from the…

America's Great Depression of the 1936 Iowa-Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley. Near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie. Photograph by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in December 1936.

America's Great Depression of the 1936 Iowa-Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley. Near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie. Photograph by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in December 1936.

In this photo, American troops change a German street sign in a town in the St Mihiel salient on the Western Front in September 1917: “‘Hindenburgstrasse’ is renamed ‘Wilson USA

In this photo, American troops change a German street sign in a town in the St Mihiel salient on the Western Front in September 1917: “‘Hindenburgstrasse’ is renamed ‘Wilson USA

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