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

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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

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

Call Number: LC-USF35-5

angus mcdiarmid, angie k, and 260 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. bartenational [deleted] 110 months ago | reply

    I always imagined these houses in color, when I see them in old photos..
    but man they were painted gray! how depressing. I guess they didn't need color photography before the 50's everything was grey or black and white

  2. locaburg 110 months ago | reply

    the house I would like to tag as an Italianate, but not quite sure.

  3. jdavis417 109 months ago | reply

    Title: Children of a Leaser Dog

  4. kraftibyotch 107 months ago | reply

    Wonderful photo and LOL to the Curly note! :-)

  5. person araujo [deleted] 100 months ago | reply

    Wow! Looks like a Norman Rockwell painting!

  6. comic_cool 90 months ago | reply

    like a painting!

  7. erycstar 87 months ago | reply

    Black and white photos are meant to stay in black and white! just saying,

  8. Silver Image Photography (aka: Tim) 87 months ago | reply

    Very nice image of the time period!

  9. The Library of Congress 87 months ago | reply

    erycstar: I know what you mean about the hazards of colorizing. But in this case, the image is from a color slide taken in the early years of Kodachrome. Here's some more info on this rare set of color photos,

  10. truu 79 months ago | reply

    used this photo for my project where I let people disappear:

  11. Donnabbb 78 months ago | reply

    I don't this building was painted gray. I think it was white that faded to this shade.

  12. erxn44 65 months ago | reply

    I *think* I've placed this correctly (on Walnut street) on WhatWasThere -- let me know what you think: (slide the Green Fade Bar).

  13. erxn44 65 months ago | reply

    P.S., I'm not from Brockton, so this was a matter of triangulating other photos by Jack Delano in Brockton that I knew the placement of, and then "walking" up and down the streets in Google Street View until I found something that potentially matched. Which is why I'm not sure of the placement...

  14. mousenstein 63 months ago | reply

    This is a color photo. Take a close look at the jackets of the kids on the porch.

  15. halobrien 55 months ago | reply

    This appears to be a close-up of the following picture:

  16. Manic Mystic 55 months ago | reply

    Good catch, halobrien. I'd seen the other pic and didn't notice.

    People keep saying they were painted gray. They weren't - you can even see bits of evidence of white paint here and there. (That could also be chalk some kid was playing with. ha) They were probably all white at one time and just never painted again. They've now got that weather-beaten look so popular in living rooms back in the 90s. heheh

  17. Audioshot 32 months ago | reply

    Laurel Erickson This location was on Rosseter St. The houses were torn down in 1944.

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