The Poor Kids of Georgetown

I know it’s probably hard to imagine, but Georgetown wasn’t always the bastion of Washington’s wealthy. Back in the 1930s many working class and even poor families lived in the neighborhoods now mostly occupied by lawyers, politicians and rich diplomats.

Below is a photograph from September 1935 taken by Carl Mydans. The caption states that it’s a group of young, poor children playing on a street in Georgetown. The best part is the sheer joy on the face of the kid to the left.

poor children in Georgetown, playing on the street (1935)
poor children in Georgetown, playing on the street (1935)

I wonder what happened to these children. They appear to young to be destined for the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

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