With the ridiculous rise in cost of living here in DC, maybe we should go back to the time of boarding houses.
We came across some great photos of boarding house living in Washington during World War II. Below are some we want to share with GoDCers. These photos were taken by Esther Bubley in January 1943.
The outside of a boardinghouse
Girl in the doorway of her room at a boardinghouse
Pearl Ginsburg refused to have her boardinghouse rent raised
The shower bath in a boardinghouse
A boardinghouse philosopher
Those who are not too modest save time by tripling up in the use of the boardinghouse bathroom
This girl met her husband at the boardinghouse. When he was drafted, she moved back into her old room. His pictures decorate the dresser and wall
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
An evening gathering in a boardinghouse
Two girls looking at pictures in their room in a boardinghouse
The proprieter of this boardinghouse watches the service at dinner
A clerk in the U.S. Navy Department reading in his room in a boardinghouse
Source: Library of Congress
You can check out more of them here.