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.