D.C. Alley Life in 1941

Here are two great photos of Washington from 1941 showing alley living.

This first image is Defrees Alley in NE.

September 1941. "Children playing in DeFrees Alley, N.E. Washington, D.C., near Capitol building. One basement room rents for nine dollars a month; two rooms upstairs for sixteen dollars; one bath and cold water in the hall for entire building."
September 1941. “Children playing in DeFrees Alley, N.E. Washington, D.C., near Capitol building. One basement room rents for nine dollars a month; two rooms upstairs for sixteen dollars; one bath and cold water in the hall for entire building.”

The second one is Schott’s Alley near the Senate.

October 1941. "Schoot's Court [i.e., Schott’s Alley], Washington, D.C.; Senate Office Building is in the background. Four very small dark rooms rent for 15 and 18 dollars per month with water and privy in yard. It used to rent for 6 and 8 dollars. Frank Coles and his friend are sitting on the bench. He was a cement plasterer but has been on relief during the past year. He has frequent heart attacks and his feet and ankles are all swollen. Doctor advises a chicken and lamb diet, no pork or beef, but he doesn't even have money to buy fuel. He can't get waited on in a clinic or get to one. He waited from before 11 until 4 p.m. but still could not see a doctor. He has been in Washington since 1906."
October 1941. “Schoot’s Court [i.e., Schott’s Alley], Washington, D.C.; Senate Office Building is in the background. Four very small dark rooms rent for 15 and 18 dollars per month with water and privy in yard. It used to rent for 6 and 8 dollars. Frank Coles and his friend are sitting on the bench. He was a cement plasterer but has been on relief during the past year. He has frequent heart attacks and his feet and ankles are all swollen. Doctor advises a chicken and lamb diet, no pork or beef, but he doesn’t even have money to buy fuel. He can’t get waited on in a clinic or get to one. He waited from before 11 until 4 p.m. but still could not see a doctor. He has been in Washington since 1906.”
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