Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Mass. (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Delano, Jack,, photographer.

Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Mass.

1940 Dec.

1 slide : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Tenement houses
United States--Massachusetts--Brockton

Format: Slides--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 11671-1 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USF35-6


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:33:38

    wow... Thanks to Flickr and the Library of Congress for making these available!

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    • 16/Jan/2008 22:06:01

    Beautiful, astounding quality. Much gratitude for this project.

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    John Melskens

    • 17/Jan/2008 02:25:16

    What a wonderfull photo of real life.

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    rdng tchr

    • 17/Jan/2008 03:36:33

    Love these shots that give a peek into everyday life. What a grand project!!

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    Chris and Jenni

    • 17/Jan/2008 06:45:44

    I like the way it has the black edges, if I use it as my desktop, and center it, and change my desktop color to black, its awesome.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 15:06:35

    beautiful buildings!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 15:25:18

    absolutely beautiful image. the colors, clarity, character . . . ! magnificent , particularly based on the date the image was exposed.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 17:17:43

    There are Xmas wreaths hanging in the windows.

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    encouraging degree

    • 17/Jan/2008 17:30:53

    incredible photo

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    • 17/Jan/2008 21:29:25

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    • 17/Jan/2008 22:28:59

    Well, from the few I have seen, this Jack Delano was a genius! All are fantastic pictures.

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    Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches

    • 20/Jan/2008 00:45:48

    Seen it at Shorpy. Still nice, though!

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    lenz art

    • 20/Jan/2008 06:22:55

    this is a sad photo, look at the car on blocks and the boarded up windows. -- Seen in your 1930s-40s in Color set. (?)

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    FunGi_ (Trading)

    • 21/Jan/2008 05:36:18

    Those buildings; If still standing, are probably worth mint now,

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    • 21/Jan/2008 10:15:16

    just great!

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    • 23/Jan/2008 03:58:48

    awesome photo.

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    Deb Ebbeling

    • 23/Jan/2008 14:21:13

    I really love the historical photographs of the New England area...very nice!

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    Deb Ebbeling

    • 23/Jan/2008 14:21:44

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Massachusetts Photography, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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    • 23/Jan/2008 22:39:44

    great shot! thanks to the Congress for these picts!

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    brad cut smile

    • 26/Jan/2008 15:16:18

    This is almost HDR looking. amazing

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    quizzical twist

    • 26/Jan/2008 23:31:47

    beautiful quality

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    • 01/Feb/2008 04:51:14

    beautiful broken car...

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    Mark Wheadon

    • 01/Feb/2008 12:28:53

    I agree with "brad cut smile" - it has that tone-mapped quality. There's a fantastic sheen to the image. Great stuff.

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    • 14/Feb/2008 01:50:32

    this is an amazing photo, i am so glad that the library of congress decided to do this. so many photographs that so many people never would have seen.

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    • 27/Feb/2008 00:34:56

    Wow. Well exposed Kodachrome = "HDR looking" I love that comment. I have always thought slides are awesome and it's cool to think that folks who did not grow up shooting them and looking at them might also think so.

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    • 03/Mar/2008 19:19:32

    I may be mistaken, but this (amazing) image seems to summarise the depression era of the mid-late '30's. (?)

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    flat bushes

    • 11/Mar/2008 07:32:20

    the color scheme and sky seem odd commentary... were they 'blue', the children there, on the stoop, in the yard? i like to think that they were happily oblivious to the larger losses and the wistfulness of their surroundings. beautiful shot.

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    • 18/Mar/2008 07:45:14


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    • 08/Apr/2008 17:46:29

    Wonderful. I wish people would be a little more judicious with the on-photo notes though. A bit cluttered. Just my opinion.

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    Joy Grassman

    • 10/May/2008 18:35:40

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called historic porches, gingerbread, woodwork, millwork, & scrollwork, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 17/Jun/2008 16:27:18

    muy buena arkitectura y excelente fotografia

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    speed of starlight

    • 18/Oct/2008 13:01:43

    Lovely photograph

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    [email protected] Vildgaard

    • 20/Oct/2008 11:01:07

    very very nice picture.. great work.

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    • 22/Oct/2008 15:44:22

    amazing reminds me of teh book about NY How the Other HAlf Lives about the tenements in NY by Jacob Riis

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    Al Mullen

    • 01/Nov/2008 00:00:28

    Photo is nice, love those Second Empire buildings.

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    terrific lake

    • 11/Nov/2008 11:15:39

    The wire's post spoil this image.

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    Jimbography ;-)

    • 15/Nov/2008 18:21:09

    Very nice to see this.. wow.. i disagree, the wire pole is part of the scene!

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    interesting value

    • 16/Dec/2008 19:31:08

    très belle photo

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    • 03/Jan/2009 07:33:17

    Great photo! However, the notes on the image aren't the least bit helpful and takes away from a main point of the commons. Perhaps these notes are best left as tags. Food for thought.

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    Estas son mis fotos

    • 05/Jan/2009 02:02:25

    Esta foto es genial! Como me gustaría estar ahi!

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    andre govia.

    • 10/Jan/2009 17:12:41

    Great find 10/10

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    • 10/Jan/2009 17:43:40

    I work a lot in Brockton and it would be nice to know the exact address as i would love to see what has become of the buildings.

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    • 13/Jan/2009 23:50:43

    Jack Delano was a great photographer who eventually moved to Puerto Rico with Irene Delano. Their book, Puerto Rico Mio, is beautiful. They were very active in community work in PR and used the arts to educate and bring people together. Hats off to them both!

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    • 14/Jan/2009 00:41:33

    Yes, I agree about the notes as well (a few commentators would like to see the p hoto w./o the notes ). Reading through them I see that many of them state the obvious and a few are actually funny (I can see Russian ...") but not on this kind of photo -- these are historical archives from a the Library of Congress and should be respected as such. (Library Lover).

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    Firefighter Photo Junky

    • 15/Jan/2009 12:43:11

    Photos like these are one I enjoy most to look at.

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    instinctive sugar

    • 30/Jan/2009 20:27:38

    This is one I would hang on my wall. Just lovely

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    • 09/Feb/2009 04:57:41

    this is so incredible. i could stare at this for hours-

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    Arpad Lukacs Photography

    • 17/Feb/2009 20:46:48


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    aimee t

    • 23/Feb/2009 06:00:44

    love the light reflections off of the building near the roof...

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    • 27/Feb/2009 18:21:14

    Now on Wikimedia Commons

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    • 01/Mar/2009 16:10:13

    nice shot :)

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    • 04/Mar/2009 15:11:45

    Oh this is awesome!!

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    Arvind Hoon

    • 04/Mar/2009 15:43:17


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    Benjamin Petric Photography

    • 16/Mar/2009 03:54:45

    beautiful shot!

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    • 24/Mar/2009 00:37:36

    Belissima!!! Parabens

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    Sara Moreno

    • 01/May/2009 13:28:58

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Noche y día, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Weardale One

    • 07/May/2009 14:52:30

    this is just awesome for 1914!!

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    • 07/May/2009 15:21:15

    Dude, the photographer was born in 1914. The photo was taken in 1940.

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    Summer Summer~~~

    • 13/May/2009 14:20:48


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    • 27/May/2009 22:33:23

    great details!

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    • 06/Jul/2009 07:14:42

    good work!

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    1994 California

    • 19/Oct/2009 01:01:01

    I love old photos, and I love that houses :) Greetings, look my old photo about my grandfather []

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    • 02/Mar/2010 14:22:08

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called sad world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 02/Mar/2010 14:22:22

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called soulful group, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 02/Mar/2010 14:22:34

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called a new world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 24/Sep/2011 16:24:25

    [[email protected]] Hi. The Brockton photo is place on here: (slide the Green Fade Bar)

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    • 07/Nov/2011 02:38:48

    [] Thanks for the info - very interesting !

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    • 12/Jul/2012 11:03:47

    It looks like the following picture is a close-up of this one:

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    The Daring Librarian

    • 17/Jul/2012 20:38:13

    I wonder how much these houses would be today if they were still standing. Expensive, me thinks! Does anyone know Brockton?

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    • 22/May/2014 23:33:37

    These houses were gone about three years after this photo. They were on Rosseter St, (half way between N Main and Montello St.).

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    Barbara (LOC P&P)

    • 27/May/2014 13:51:45

    Audioshot: Thanks for the further information about the houses, which should help identify the locations of two additional photographs [] and []. Could you tell us, please, how you determined the location of the houses?

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    • 05/Sep/2014 17:18:29

    30 years in the Brockton Historical Society. The commercial building that's visible between the two apt buildings was on Elliot St.

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    • 29/Aug/2017 15:53:06

    What happened to theses house ?